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Hagia Sophia 01 by jollyjack Hagia Sophia 01 by jollyjack
The first place I visited on my trip to Istanbul had to be that for which the city is famous; its premier landmark and world heritage site; the Hagia Sophia.
Despite itís size, the angle at which I first approached it meant that it sort of sprang out of nowhere. I turned a corner and, bam, it was there.
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Hara-Sura Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this has been up here for years, but it's the first I've seen it. I'm working on a novel inspired by 6th century Constantinople and the climax will parallel the Nika Riots of 531. The aftermath of those riots was the fact the second Hagia Sophia was burned and Justinian had the political will (he had 30,000 rebels slaughtered by the army in the Hippodrome along with many nobles who were rivals) and money (from raising taxes and closing loopholes) afterward to rebuild which still stands. When he entered it for the first time he supposedly said, "Solomon, I have bested you."

I'd love to go there, but there's too many other places in Europe I'd rather visit first. Plus there's too much unrest in Turkey and Istanbul these days.
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LavanZev Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lucky, looks nothing like the AC series xD
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RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
looks awesome :) i want to go there now X3
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
justinian had his faults, but damn, did he commission some great public works.
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sagethethird Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
looking through your gallery, this stood out, a lot lol, and then I realized it wasn't just a random photo of Hagia Sophia (like in my textbook) HOW WAS IT! :D that must have been amazing.
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Matthew328 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Wow. I am awestruck
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evilbass159 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Did you go at the right time of day to see the dome being "held" up by God?
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Elkian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
WHOA!
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GodOfBrown Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student General Artist
look at all those pathetic creatures. i pity their mortality and all the while i grow stronger with each soul i consume...

i-i mean pretty picture. must have been a fun holiday yeah?
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the-Loony Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
HEYYYYYYYYYYYYY when have you been there? O.o
i was there recently aswell... but didnīt have time to sort out my photographs yet... oh lol... *rofl* x3
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Mongoose9634 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ima use it for inspiration :D
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Metal-Jam Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
beauty pic =)
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littlemiracles Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's great that the scaffolding is almost down, it's been two years since I've been there, and it was up to the ceiling then.
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HumaKaVoola Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Hagia Sophia, jumping out at JollyJack since 2010
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MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Very nice shot. I'm guessing it's hard to take a bad picture here ...
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Wow... that's huge... impressive architecture.
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wraithdragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's bloody epic!
Old architecture is so awesome, why can't we make stuff look this cool these days. All the modern stuff is so sterile and cold.

Great picture!
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Astounding. How old is it?
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MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
On May 29, 1453, Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople and turned the great Byzantine church, Hagia Sophia, into the Ayasofya Mosque.
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Construction began in 532 A.D., so it's friggin' OLD!
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Manutaust Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Still great and beautiful, I reckon :-). Did you visit the Blue Mosque ?
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That the Student Historical Anthropologist DREAM to be there.

Man! It's just. beautiful!
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Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goddangs, I forgot how big that thing is.
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Beautiful architecture.
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Nullcast Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
It would look so much better if it wasn't for the iconoclasts.
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MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
It is the winners that get to write history ... and take over the losers holy sites.
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niekitty Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
=OO=
wow
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Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Wow! That is incredible. Fantastic sight.
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks similar to a bus station I've seen in Chicago.
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Kergonan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Brings me back to the days I went to Istanbul (not Constantinople) during a youth exchange program. It seems you had more luck that me, as Hagia Sophia was undergoing huge repairs (hiding most of the interior) when I was here.
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MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
They Might Be Giants!
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TheGreatGonzo26 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Dear JJ;
Please come to America so I can pack myself away in your suitcase/trunk the next time you travel. I can be travel size (in a pinch).
XO
-TheGreatGonzo

I took a crusades class a year ago, and I've always wanted to travel to Turkey since.
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lucifers-light Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I'VE BEEN THERE! It is absolutely awesome (in the original sense…)
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ZeroFollower0 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Judging by both pics. its losing some paint here and there. beautiful indeed.
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So how long before you got your breath back?
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ardashir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Wow. I knew Hagia Sophia was /big/ but I had no idea it looked like THIS.
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evilscary Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool
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DannyboyO1 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Sounds like a good surprise. When a landmark lays in ambush...
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Chelo-kun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The only other place I know to be that big is the Vatican. Truly is an impressive feat of architecture.
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Aikimoon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Easily the most impressive church in the world and yes, that includes St Peter's.
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Spaded Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Hagia Sophia isn't a church... :/
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Aikimoon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
On the contrary, yes it is. It was dedicated in 537 C.E. by the Emperor Justinian, 34 years before Muhammad was even born. It served as the Cathedral of Constantinople until the mid-fifteenth century. Though no longer used as a place of worship by any particular faith it's design and history mean it can be legitimately described as a church.
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HocusPocusFocus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bam! Right in the kisser.

Excellent shot.
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VEZONISME Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. Just Damn. That place is pretty big, eh?
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AlexiStrigoii Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student Writer
Did you find any dead Bulgars on your tour?
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TheComicGenius Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Cool picture. Can't wait to see more. :D
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MarilynFollower Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its Beautiful! :D i want to visit the Hagia Sophia once, the architecture i hear is to die for!
-Manda ^_^
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solitare-deuce Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Same here! :) Still on the to-do list.
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GrimSheeper Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Incredible shot. Interesting to see the old, christian-orthodox mosaics of the Byzanthians right above the symbols of Islam.
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