Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Blue Mosque & The Hagia Sophia - Istanbul - Day 1 - Part 2

After the cobbler incident, mom and me took the train from Aksaray to Sultanahment (Old City).

At our first stop we visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque a.k.a Blue Mosque. It is the national mosque of Turkey. It's called the Blue Mosque because of its interior are adorned with blue tiles.

The Blue Mosque view from Hagia Sophia

The Blue mosque courtyard

Its interior.

After that me and mom walked over to The Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is formerly a patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum. Its the only places where u will see both christian and Islamic arts together in one place. If it was still a church it would be the largest in the world.

The Hagia Sophia

Walking in History

The view from the top

Mom enjoying herself

Looking at the Mosaic arts

This is the reason why I said before that all you will do is look up in awe.
Its the detailing of art work in every monument.

Up next Day 1 - Part 3 - the whirling dervishes

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