This is the approach to the Hagia Sophia in the morning before the massive crowds form in the park . 99.9% of the time this area is a crush of people as it is between the Blue Mosque & the Hagia Sophia. It is hard to believe that this building is more than 1500 years old!
This is one of the doors into the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, built 1500 years ago as a Church and then a Mosque in the 12th Century, and made a Museum in the 1930's. This 10th century Byzantium mosaic above the door shows Emperor Constantine on the right with a model of Istanbul, and Emperor Justinian holding a model of the Hagia Sophia, and they are presenting them to the virgin Mary and Child.
Just to counter some things said in comments on my other photos of this place, this is proof IMHO that the Christian iconography of the Church was not destroyed by the Muslim Ottoman Empire...
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This is one of the Medusa Heads that is used as a base for one of the columns of the ancient Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. Why this ancient Roman sculpture is here where it was underwater and would never be seen & why this one is sideways and the other is upside down will never be known for sure. Medusa was one of the Gorgons of Greek mythology and could turn a person to stone with a glance. She had snakes for hair, and was often used to protect important buildings.
This was taken in ambient light (no flash) hand held with the OM-D E-M5 at 1600 ISO
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