Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More photos from Istanbul

Istanbul has somewhere between 2000-3000 mosques depends on your tour guide that day. Nonetheless, the mosques are impressive sight...especially the world famous Blue Mosque.on the right. The thousands of tiles that adorn the inside of the mosque are blue...hence, the name. It was build in 1616 and is an architectural marvel the large dome is not supported by walls but the columns inside. The other building with four minarets (three in my photos) is the St. Sophia built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed in the 6th century. It was a church, then mosque and now basically a museum. Inside photos didn't come out so great...but enjoy...

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