Hagia Sophia: Gallery View by Josh Wentz

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The interior of the magnificent Hagia Sophia, or “Holy Wisdom,” in Istanbul. Originally built as a cathedral in the days of the Byzantine Empire, it was later converted to a mosque with the arrival of the Ottoman Empire, finally to become a museum after the foundation of the modern nation of Turkey. Inside, remnants of all three eras are visible: Byzantine mosaics of Christian saints, huge medallions with Arabic calligraphy naming prophets of Islam, and an open floor crowded with European tourists of every creed or none at all.

This view shows the main floor as seen from a railing in the upper gallery. At the opposite side of the building, the lower and upper galleries can be seen, below a wall of windows where Byzantine mosaics are still being uncovered and restored.


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  • ccdoh1
    ccdoh1over 6 years ago

    great sense of scale, brilliant interior

    HELUAover 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this ! Beautiful image !

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    Excellent point of view and perspective. There is a good sense of depth and scale. Thanks for the informative description and for adding this image to the Art of the Middle East group.

  • rochelle
    rochelleover 6 years ago

    what a great photo and your description is wonderful!

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    Mariaan M Krog...over 6 years ago

    Wonderful background info and a spectacular shot!

  • Nuh Sarche
    Nuh Sarcheabout 6 years ago

    beautiful picture!

    we would like to invite you to the ISLAMIC BEAUTY group………..

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 4 years ago

    I would like to see this shot at** ‘Turkey and Turks around the World’** group.Very well captured.

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 2 years ago

    What an immense structure, and a statement it must have been all those years ago. Fantastic.

  • Chris Cardwell
    Chris Cardwellover 2 years ago

    You have truely captured the sheer scale of this fantastic building here.

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