Domes and Minarets From Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

by Bernardo Ricci Armani June 24, 2015 7 comments
Domes and Minarets From Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey). I have probably taken this photo five or six times in the past years, basically I shoot it every time I have the opportunity to visit Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya in Turkish). This landscape is what you can see from a small hidden window at the upper floor of the former basilica, which was converted into a mosque and now is (and hopefully it will remain) a museum.

This is probably one of the most typical photos of Istanbul, and despite this fact it’s still not annoying at all for me. I consider the Blue Mosque somehow framed between two domes of Hagia Sophia one of the most beautiful skyline in the world. And beyond this, it is also a very “symbolic” image of the former Constantinople, today Istanbul.

So, if you are planning to visit Istanbul – and I’m sure you will include Hagia Sophia in your itinerary – do not forget to look for this small window and to watch outside through it: a significant portion of Istanbul’s history will be displayed in front of your eyes.

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Betty June 24, 2015 - 2:01 pm


Bernardo June 24, 2015 - 2:17 pm


Romeo June 25, 2015 - 9:48 am

I’ll be looking for this window. I will be visiting in July

Bernardo June 25, 2015 - 9:51 am

I’m sure you will love Istanbul! Hagia Sophia can be quite crowded during the day, with long line to enter. Therefore another recommendation from my side is to go there early in the morning to avoid a long waiting time. Enjoy! And come back here with your feedback :)

Name June 25, 2015 - 10:14 am

Mi ricordo benissimo la finestrina da cui si vede quello che tu hai immortalato benissimo in questa foto. Bravo!

Bernardo June 25, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Spero che questa immagine ti abbia riacceso la memoria! A questo servono le foto, no? :) Grazie per il commento!

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[…] As written in one of my previous posts, there is a small window at the first floor of this wonderful Church Mosque Museum: from there, the view is breathtaking because it’s possible to admire both the domes of Hagia Sophia and those of the Blue Mosque with its minarets; such a perfect postcard of Istanbul! But this time was different: everything was so incredibly white, magic, poetic, muffled. It is impossible to described this situation with words, I wish I could do it with this image. […]


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