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The wonderful AyaSofia - Sainte Sofia - in the Sultanahmet area in Istanbul. It was a bizantine church erected in 532 which was turned into a Mosqee with its minarets in 1453 when muslims got the City.

Today, it's mainly a museum but the building is still very impressive mainly because its dimension are fantastic, very large with very high and elegant minarets around the main central dome.

To take this view, I was in the Sultanhamet gardens between the Blue Mosquee and the AyaSofia and kept the only pool for my self and my tripod :) People were looking at me strangely but very nicely :)

In the evening, there is a great mood with thousands of people meeting there, having a chat on the benches around and walking along these beautiful inheritage from the past. Everywhere, you have small shops, people trying to talk to you and eventually sell you some stuffs, families with kids running everywhere, people with both occidental and oriental styles. I really had the feeling I was in a cosmopolitan place, much more than any place I ever visited.

Cropped, USM applied.

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