Monday, November 14, 2011

Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia 1
I'm still in the Caribbean, but thought I'd share more of the photos I took on my day playing tourist in Istanbul.

Hagia Sofia 2
The Hagia Sofia was dedicated in 360 AD (the current structure was built in the 500s AD) and has been a basilica, a mosque and is now a museum. It is famous for its massive dome and, at least according to wikipedia, it changed the history of architecture. I'm not a history buff, or an even an architecture guru, but I do know it was an amazing place. Just knowing that it's been there for nearly 2000 years was enough to blow me away.

Today's song is one I can't get enough of, Peter Bradley Adams: "The Longer I Run." Pin It

13 comments:

DecorandtheDog said...

Ooo, the Caribbean sounds nice on this dreary day!

The Hagia Sofia looks amazing!

tinajo said...

Looks like from a fairy tale! :-)

Laloofah said...

That really is quite something. Did you get to go inside? Amazing that in an earthquake-prone place like Turkey, this massive structure has stood for so long!

Enjoy the Caribbean! (As if you wouldn't). ;-)

Courtney said...

Absolutely amazing! Hope you're enjoying your trip!

Christianna said...

Awesome pictures once again!

Rosie said...

I hope you are enjoying the Caribbean! :-) Your photos of Istanbul are gorgeous!

Anna said...

I'm really enjoying your photos of all the amazing architecture that you've come in contact with lately!!!! Such beauty and history all wrapped up together. Just perfect for photography :) Hope you're having a great vacation and soaking up some sun!

Marisa A. said...

Agreed, just knowing structures have been around for thousands of years is amazing to me. This looks so beautiful and that dome really is massive!

The Blonde Duck said...

Gorgeous!

~Kristina said...

With snowflakes falling here, the Caribbean would be a nice place right about now.
Happy Travels! Cheers.

Punctuation Mark said...

that is definitely a jewel of the world architecture

Tat @ Mum in search said...

I was wondering if you managed to get to Hagia Sofia. That's my most vivid memory from Istanbul, the history of the place is amazing and I remember a place in the wall where you were supposed to put your hand in for good luck...

blue elephant photography said...

stunning! even on the outside!

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