Well, my feet are tired and legs are sore, so I am grateful that today's work involves sitting down to write a blog post. Steve and I were asked to make up a slide show of Turkey for some friends to watch. We tried to keep it to under 200 images, but gave up.
Today, I bring to you the Hagia Sofia. It began life as a Christian church and then morphed into a Mosque when Constantinople was captured and the Byzantium Era came to an end. The Haifa Sofia is now a World Heritage site, open to all faith groups and a partial museum of some artifacts, both Muslim and Christian. I saw images of this church way back in the old days in black and white. I thought what an amazing place, I wish I could see something so beautiful and historic. And there I was, standing under a candelabra that was massively round. I swear a game of Little Tykes Hockey could have been played inside this iron ring. The cables holding these candelabra in place rose miles up to the ceiling.
|The entry nave. There was quite a crush as people thought they were in the spot that was most glorious but just wait and see what comes next.|
|There is probably some technical name for this space but it is the teaser. Go through those columns and...|
|We didn't have a guide book with us for the entire trip. I was glad of it, because we experienced everything on the merits right in front of us, instead of reading some version of why something was special. Every space here was lovely in its own way.|
The Muslims who converted the church were luckily not interested in destroying things, but rather made pretty intelligent alterations to suit their needs.
|The view on the way to the private areas.|
|My third favourite intersection of lines, colours, patterns and light.|