Photograph Essay: The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

One of many many historic jewels of Istanbul, Turkey is the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya in Turkish), which sits instantly throughout the road from the Blue Mosque. It is without doubt one of the oldest and most fascinating buildings I’ve ever explored. It originated as a Byzantine cathedral, was taken over and become a mosque, and is now a museum that exhibits each religions in an odd juxtaposition.

Above the principle altar, there are huge black circles with Arabic writing in gold, however should you lookup even increased, you’ll see painted angels on the ceiling. The outside options magnificent minarets, however inside, you’ll discover gilded Byzantine mosaics of Jesus that had been as soon as painted over however have since been restored.

First, a bit historical past. The construction underwent a number of incarnations. Based on Lonely Planet, “The primary of those was a basilica with a timber roof accomplished in 360 by Constantine’s son and successor, Constantinius, and was burned down in a riot in 404; and the second was a constructing commissioned by Theodosius II in 415 and destroyed within the Nika riots of 532.” It was then rebuilt by Emperor Justinian and was accomplished in 537. It remained a church till 1453, throughout the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453, “when Mehmet the Conqueror took possession of it for Islam and instantly transformed it right into a mosque,” says Lonely Planet. As a result of it’s important to each religions, it was become a museum in 1934.

Based on Let’s Go Istanbul, “Ayasofya is the forth largest Cathedral on the earth with its 56m excessive dome, after Saint Paul in London, Saint Peter in Rome and Duomo in Milan.” Under are a sequence of images I took whereas exploring it. I apologize that some are blurry; it’s very darkish inside.

 

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
The primary altar

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
View from the inside balcony

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

You should definitely try this picture of the within of the Hagia Sophia by Gary of Every thing All over the place…it’s jaw-dropping (he’s an HDR grasp).

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