The mystical city Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most famous ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.
Sophia in Latin, Haghia Sofia in Greek and the Church of the Divine Wisdom in English, this extraordinary building is İstanbul's most famous monument.
Emperor Justinian had the Aya Sofya built as part of his effort to restore the greatness of the Roman Empire. It was completed in 537 and reigned as the greatest church in Christendom until the Conquest in 1453. Mehmet the Conqueror had it converted into a mosque and so it remained until 1935, when Atatürk proclaimed it a museum.
From last year, there are new rumblings about whether this edifice should be converted to a mosque and it seems the noise is getting louder.
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SnapRJW (30687) 2014-05-29 1:12
Hello Angshu - You have really considered your composition here and I like the fact that the fountain is off-centre and allows a good clean view of the mosque. The water jets are dynamic and the light on them very well managed. Good contrasts and colour this is super.
Royaldevon (28449) 2014-05-29 1:25
This is a fine composition, the inward jets all leading to the off-centre, vertical cascade. They make a delightful prelude to the mystical beauty of the mosque.
Have a great day,
siudzi (33005) 2014-05-29 2:46
Beautiful and full of dynamism presentation of this well-know building. Including the fountain in the foreground was a smart and cool idea to create a brand new sight. Like it! Very well executed shot.
Gigidusud (14705) 2014-05-29 3:13
Beautiful architectural composition well captured. I like the colors and a splendid light too. Well done!
Have a nice day.
batalay (35187) 2014-05-29 3:33
Hello Mr. B,
It's been a long time since we were simultaneously doing something with TE. To me this is a familiar sight. A happenstance that echoes the fact that I was at the same spot in September 2012 and April 2014, but not in 2013. The blue of the fountain, the parabolic arcs of the streaming fountain are eye catching. Regarding your note, unhappily the clerics, are on a course to dismantle Ataturk's reforms, and make the edifice into a Islamic mosque again.
jhm (137652) 2014-05-29 4:00
Two wonderful elements on one picture.
In foreground the fountain, the water perfect frozen, in background the Mosque with minarettes, make the picture completely
You play excellent with light and shadows.
You show us a wonderful picture with excellent colours and sharpness.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice day,
shreya2000 (1045) 2014-05-29 4:30
Excellent picture showing the architecture and the fountains in the foreground. Composition is very fine.
Thanks for sharing.
PaulVDV (21657) 2014-05-29 10:05
A very beautiful blue of the water basin of the fountain.
With the many water jets and the greenery between the fountain and the Hagia Sophia this is a very 'relaxed' image of this much visited place. An oasis in the bustling town.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (75174) 2014-05-29 22:13
Une bonne composition associant de belle façon les jets d'eau et la mosquée. Jolie lumière sur l'ensemble.
COSTANTINO (53715) 2014-05-29 22:18
Good morning dear friend
this is a fine composition
this water adds freshness and beauty
to this photo great lightness and
one shot is one thousand words
your notes are very useful
I liked your phrase as following
the mystical city Istanbul hosted
many civilizations since centuries
have a nice weekend
umutlu101 (13479) 2014-05-29 23:35
papagolf21 (84772) 2014-05-29 23:48
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Encore une réussite à travers cette composition magnifiquement présentée.
Le choix du cadrage est parfait pour valoriser l'ensemble.
Fis2 (83990) 2014-05-30 0:59
Good frame and colors.
Have a nice day.
lousat (75049) 2014-05-30 1:10
The choice of point of view is another time fantastic! What a great way to show us this famous Istambul building,absolutely great the effect of the colors of fountain,perfect to contrast the warm colors of the rest,i like it...a lot!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
pajaran (50518) 2014-05-30 2:08
Interesantan tekst o Aya Sofya sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled na fontanu i arhitekturu u pozadini ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepa fontana i arhitektura.
Lepo popodne i sve najblje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article on the Aya Sofya with a history and description, a nice view of the fountain and architecture background ...
A good second shot, kontarst and perspective, well shown.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, beautiful colors.
Beautiful fountains and architecture.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
pierrefonds (56104) 2014-05-30 5:34
La distance entre la fontaine et Sophia Agia donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la fontaine. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.
Nicou (119507) 2014-05-30 5:58
merveilleuse fontaine et vue quelle compo et iamge quelle vue ce jets et en fond la fameuse belle mosqueée sueprbe vue et cpatage mervielleuse iamge.
Bravo et amitié
Didi (56061) 2014-05-30 10:19
Awesome picture on the mosque with a very good lights ambiance
Good frame quality
emka (76433) 2014-05-31 12:53
Hi Angshu, I stayed in the hostel near Sultanahmet so I was near this fountain every evening and morning. Splendid composition with the Hagia Sophia behinbd the jets of water. Fantastic colours and sharpness.
WArm regrads MAlgo
abmdsudi (41998) 2014-05-31 17:55
The brilliant blue water and fountain are the strong pulling powers uplifting the shot tremendously, guiding to main focal of interests, the imposing historic edifice. Very interesting way how to compose this viewed from impactful low shooting angle. It stands out, sharp in focus with good contrast and some other extra detailed highlights to clinch the shot. As usual your exposure handling & pp is second to none. Another to notch, Congrats
delpeoples (52929) 2014-06-01 4:37
A beautifully and artistically composed photo. I like the tight cropping and the dominant blue toes. Excellent freezing of the water jets in the fountain and the placement of the mosque on the hill balances the composition nicely.
Warmest wishes, thanks for sharing
mkamionka (30084) 2014-06-03 7:39
beautiful composition. Including the fountain makes a nice foreground. I like also the way you have used the fountain. The water seems to be splashing straight into the entrance of the temple.
Great light, excellent colors, I like the blue tiles at the bottom of the fountain, they go well with the blue sky.
Romano46 (16682) 2014-06-03 10:14
una delle più belle foto di questa piazza e di questo monumento tra i più importatnti di questa straordinaria città.
La presenza della fontana e la luce perfetta che la illumina valorizza in maniera eccellente la Chiesa di S. Sofia facendo sì che quest'ultima sembri emergere dalla piazza e levarsi nell'azzurro del cielo.
Ottima sia la luminosità quanto la nitidezza.
Eccellenmti anche i colori.
Complimenti. Una foto eccellente
Ciao e buona serata
josepmarin (57693) 2014-06-03 12:27
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
this is a splendid POV with which you enhances the great beauty of Ayasofya, and its breathtaking architecture.
The water jets of the fountain in foreground adds a dynamic touch in a perfect composition.
I love the luminosity and the beautiful colors of your photo.
A fantastic work.
claudeD (31765) 2014-06-20 3:02
Hello to India,
wonderful picture from Turkey with an excellent composition, good colors and perfect sharpness. I like the shot very much.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55267)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-29 0:56