Istanbul (Turkey). A typical contrast of Istanbul: two modern skyscrapers in the background oppose the fierce minarets of the Blue Mosque.
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.
Marrakesh (Morocco). The city landscape with the iconic Koutoubia mosque’s minaret from one of the roofs of Marrakesh Medina.