The Hagia Sophia was formerly basilica, later a mosque, now a museum, in Istanbul, Turkey. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral ever built in the world for nearly a thousand years. It was originally constructed as a church between 532 and 537 CE. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and Sultan Mehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over. The Islamic features – such as the mihrab, the minbar, and the four minarets outside – were added over the course of its history under the Ottomans. It remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey.


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I love macro abstract work of rejected and neglected items in our society, especially rusty old dumpsters (skips) around the back of buildings, battered boats up on dry dock, rotting wood, bark of trees, and so on. Im fascinated by the color and texture that appears with a macro lens. I do almost no post-processing after taking the shot.

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  • Barbara Morrison
    Barbara Morrisonalmost 6 years ago

    Very pretty color tones!

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Barbara. Its a stunning building when you are standing in front of it, always surrounded by tourists and locals!

  • Judith  Dunn
    Judith Dunnalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful POV , with all the different shapes and colors. Love it. BRAVO. J.

  • One of my fave buildings in old Istanbul and of course a crowd favorite – thousands troop through every day and shoot the inside of it but not so many look for a good outside view.

    – Marguerite Foxon

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