Day 16

Photos of my visit today to the Hagia Sophia which is now a museum, having originally been a Greek Orthodox Cathedral and later a Ottoman Imperial Mosque.

 

Golden mosaic ceiling arches.

 

Golden mosaic ceiling arches looking down the sanctuary.

 

Light shining through the dome at the Hagia Sophia.

 

Hagia Sophia chandelier.

 

Gallery floor balcony with many columns and small arches between them.

 

Marble jar brought to Istanbul from Hellenistic Pergamon by Ottoman Sultan.

 

In the foreground a marble jar. In the background on the right of the photo is a Islamic calligraphic medallion of Othman bin Affan, the fourth Muslim ruler after the Prophet Muhammad.

 

Chandeliers hanging in the Hagia Sophia.

 

Stone framed stain glass window with Arabic inscription.

 

Another stone framed stain glass window with different design, with Arabic inscription.

 

Stairs to the Minbar.

 

Hagia Sophia chandeliers.

 

Islamic calligraphic medallion of Othman bin Affan, the fourth Muslim ruler after the Prophet Muhammad.

 

The capitals of the columns are carved with acanthus and palm tree leaves and the monograms of the emperors (Justinian & Theodora) appear on them.

 

Will, Jane and Sew.

 

The carved railing of the gallery overlooking the sanctuary. 

 

View of the Blue Mosque taken through a window inside the Hagia Sophia.

 

Looking out from a window at the Hagia Sophia towards the Bosphorus Strait.

 

The Deesis mosaic of Jesus Christ flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist.

 

Hagia Sophia stone window frames.

 

Hagia Sophia stone window frames.

 

Fountain for ritual ablutions.

 

The Blue Mosque.

 

The Blue Mosque also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

 

View of the Blue Mosque taken through a window inside the Hagia Sophia.

 

View towards the Blue Mosque from the Hagia Sophia.

 

Hooded crow outside the Blue Mosque.

 

Sew, Jane and myself wearing light blue headscarfs which was provided for visitors when entering the Mosque.

 

Stain glass window.

 

Ceiling lighting required to supplement natural light through the stain glass windows.

 

One of several decorative domes at the mosque with suspended lighting from the ceiling.

 

The ornate decorations of the walls and ceiling inside the prayer hall.

 

The prayer hall surrounded by columns, arches and stain glass windows.

 

View across the prayer hall of men praying in front of stain glass windows.

 

Detailed artwork surrounding the mosque.

 

Decorative pillar supporting an arch in the mosque.

 

Richly decorated detail of the capital of a column.

 

Segregation. Will be interesting in time whether this will change.

 

The Blue Mosque at night.

 

Istanbul other photos.

 

Looks like possibly a varation of a pistachio Turkish baklava.

 

An olive tree ?

 

Cafes and restaurants next to the Bosphorus Strait below the Galata Bridge.

 

Tour boat on the Bosphorus Strait with the Blue Mosque in the background.

 

Um …………… tempting.

 

Boats waiting along side the docks on the Bosphorus Strait.

 

Fisherman trying their luck from Galata Bridge above cafes and restaurants.

 

The passenger ferry “Sehit Mustafa Aydogdu” on the Bosphorus Strait.

 

A view of a tour boat on the Bosphorus Strait from the steps leading down from Galata Bridge to the cafes and restaurants below.

 

A narrow steep pedestrian thoroughfare.

 

Must have dressed up because it knew I was going to take it’s picture.

 

Fire escape.

 

Very built up residential areas.

 

Cute.

 

The Galata Tower.

 

At least they are honest.

 

Feline residential terraced properties.

 

Narrow street flanked by buildings.

 

Underground study with glass ceiling above.

 

Okay, I will pose for your photo ………. 

 

The Grand Bazaar.

 

The entrance to the Grand Bazaar.

 

Inside the Grand Bazaar.

 

The Grand Bazaar’s ornate detailed ceiling.

 

The Spice Market.

 

Inside the Spice Market.

 

The Spice Market ceiling with traditional artwork.

 

Bosphorus Strait cruise.

Come back in a years time and I expect there will be a new landmark along the Bosphorus Strait.

 

Galatasaray University.

 

To the left of the photo is the Mecidiye Mosque.

 

The Mecidiye Mosque.

 

The Dolmabahce Palace.

 

The Dolmabahce Palace.

 

Large buildings border the Bopshorus Strait.

 

The Bosphorus Bridge known officially as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge.

 

Rumeli Fortress.

 

Making my way up the Bosphorus Strait.

 

Rumeli Fortress.

 

Rumeli Fortress.

 

Residential properties nestled into the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus Strait.

 

Residential properties nestled into the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus Strait.

 

The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in the distance connecting Europe with Asia.

 

Julie
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