Istanbul: Aya Sophia

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Aya Sophia is ‘wow’ from the moment you walk inside.  The way we walked there meant we sort of crept up on it without getting much of a look at the outside, so I was totally unprepared for the inside. It’s huge and the domes are just jaw-dropping. It’s a bit of a palimpsest (dredging up long a word from my degree there, thank you very much) with Christian and Islamic imagery overlaying one another, but still managing to seem harmonious.

These photos don’t really do it justice at all. There’s only a couple of pictures that I really like in this set: the one where the lamps look like they’re floating, and the one of the smooth stone floor, with the light from the window hitting it.

 

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