This is now the exit, but was once reserved exclusively for the Emperor. The mosaic above shows Emperor Justinian offering the Hagia Sophia and Emperor Constantine presenting the city of Constantinople to Mary.
The Aya Sofya June 20th 2012 The Aya Sofya is a lot like the Louvre for me, but it has taken me eleven months and five visits to come to that conclusion, and this might take some explaining. It’s not a very obvious parallel. They don’t really have a lot in common.
At the Louvre I am astounded at the sheer size of the place from the outside. The Tuileries gardens make the expanse even more impressive. Walking through the ... read more
Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
I live in Cusco, Peru and will be posting mostly about my trips around Peru and South America. From August 2012 to June 2014 I lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh and blogged about living there and traveling around Southeast Asia. This blog also contains my stories from living in Istanbul, two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, and some other travels. ... full info
Such a lovely mosaic of Justinian and Constantine presenting their versions of Hagia Sophia.