Living Art

Adjectives can not do justice to the magnificence of the Hagia Sofia. I find it hard to believe that this amazing structure was built in the early 500s AD. Originally built as a Christian church. In 1453 it became a Mosque when the Ottomans conquered the city. Finally, in 1935, the Mosque was converted to a…

Harem Architecture

This picture taken in the harem courtyard is typical of the intricacy in it’s design. It seems the artisans spared no expense or any minute detail when creating this beautiful structure. I guess, when your benefactor, is one of the most powerful human beings on the planet, expense doesn’t count for much. Camera: Canon EOS…

The Concubine Trail

Istanbul is home to the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Thanks to Irene reading up on the palace, we arrived early to beat some of the massive crowds that visit daily. Our first stop was the harem quarters, one of the more popular areas of the palace. This beautiful stone walkway, which runs the full length of…

Resurrected Paintings

The Hagia Sofia has alternately been a church or a mosque depending upon the group most recently conquering the city of Istanbul / Constantinople. Today it is a museum depicting elements from both the Christian and Moslem occupants. Sadly, the current occupying group would attempt to obliterate the previous groups religious artifacts. This stunning painting…