As per the requests of some friends in TE.I am posting another interior shot of amazing Hagia Sophia.
Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time.
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.
After 160 years of darkness, Seraphim's face is in daylight.
There are 4 seraphim mosaics ( God's protector angels with 6 wings) on the 4 pendentives that carry the dome. The 4 seraphims' faces were covered with 6-7 layers of plaster for almost 160 years during the sovereignty of Ottomans. The last person who saw the faces of the Seraphims was the Swiss architect Gaspare Fossati while he was holding the restoration at Hagia Sophia in 1840s. With a 10 day hard work, experts managed to take off the 7 layers of plasters and reveal the face of one of the seraphims.
The 16 years old scaffold that was standing on the southeast quarter of the dome for reconstruction purposes has been unstitched to be set up to northeast quarter.
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Miguel82 (7625) 2013-03-07 8:37
You present a superb interior of monument
Superb architecture and décorations
Good sharpness, fine colors
Angshu (51142) 2013-03-07 8:45
Very well done! The exposure would have been difficult given the wide difference in light. You took the picture with F/2.8 & ISO 1000; Was it quite dark? I wish I can get such shots when I visit your country in May
Kielia (20411) 2013-03-07 9:24
this result was worth all your efforts on the interior of the Hagia Sophia!. Wonderful light and details. This image really shows human achievement in the service of something greater than us. The accompanying note is excellent as well. Congratulation!
siudzi (23823) 2013-03-07 13:19
Wow! What a superb result you achieved here! We can admire all details and elements of this impressive interior due to perfectly executed light management. Excellent work. Very well done!
fabbs99 (5280) 2013-03-07 20:57
Fantastic composition of the interior of the mosque .Great sharpness and clarity.Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.Very good management of light and sharpness.TFS.Very well done.
Cricri (86261) 2013-03-12 8:37
Bonne note d'accompagnement, un intérieur très réussi par le cadrage, la lumière et le rendu des détails, belle réalisation
delpeoples (44884) 2013-03-20 3:02
This is exquisite. the light, the tight cropping, the definition: all wonderful. You composed the shot perfectly and your subject matter is so very beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day.
- Copyright: Emin Bingul (ebingul) (1760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-13
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-07 8:08