This is rather out of sequence, as the pics were on Adam’s iPhone.
This massive structure was built as a temple to Eygptian gods.
Today there is a little mosque built into the corner of the site.
Opposite are a few typical old Turkish houses.
Here is a view of the Blue Mosque from inside the Hagia Sophia. It was kindly taken by The Boy, as I was too short to see out of the window!
It’s another fabulous building – but it was an absolute zoo inside.
It didn’t help that I was absolutely SEETHING because so few women had bothered to cover their heads. It was so disrespectful. The Blue Mosque is a place of worship, not a museum, and tourists are allowed in, for free, as guests.
I stopped fuming for long enough to take some shots of the tiles…
…for which the mosque…
…is justly famous.
They’re not just blue 🙂
I was stunned by the stained glass – I’d never associated it with mosques before, but then I haven’t been to many.
After the Turks took Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia became the Ayasofya Mosque (it’s now a museum). Islamic elements were added over time.
The marble work is very fine….
…but not always quite what it seems. Once I realised that there was a mixture of marble and ‘marble effect’ (because of weight issues I think), I tried to tell which was which, but it was very difficult.
The minbar is especially lovely.
It’s like a little building itself.
The mihrab, which makes the direction of Mecca, is exquisite. It is however, VERY hard to get a decent shot of it, as most tourists sem to want to have their picture taken in front of it. It’s a shame, that such a beautiful expression of faith is treated with so little respect.
The Hagia Sophia – it’s just impossible to capture the scale, beauty and atmosphere of this amazing building.
This step has almost be worn away by time and feet.
Even with a wide angle lens I couldn’t show just how high the roof is – this isn’t even the dome.
The scaffolding is impressive too.
The gallery gives a whole different perspective.
A stunned Boy.
You may have to enlarge this to get the full impact, but here is the view from our hotel window of the local mosque at night. The lights on the minaret were beautiful.
I took this with flash as I didn’t have my tripod and could keep still enough for a long exposure.