This is a shot of Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) taken between Topkapi Place and the Aya Sophya in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The weather was fickle, and windy with intermittent showers. From Wikipedia:
"The building reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple. It ranks, in fact, as the first church built in Constantinople. Roman emperor Constantine I commissioned the first Hagia Irene church in the 4th century. From May to July 381 the First Council of Constantinople took place in the church. It was burned down during the Nika revolt in 532. Emperor Justinian I had the church restored in 548. It served as the church of the Patriarchate before Hagia Sophia was completed in 360.
Heavily damaged by an earthquake in the 8th century, it dates in its present form largely from the repairs made at that time. The Emperor Constantine V ordered the restorations and had its interior decorated with mosaics and frescoes. Hagia Irene is the only example of a Byzantine church in the city which retains its original atrium. A great cross in the half-dome above the main narthex, where the image of the Pantocrator or Theotokos was usually placed in Byzantine tradition, is a unique vestige of the Iconoclastic art; presumably it replaced earlier decoration. The church was enlarged during the 11th and 12th centuries.
The church measures 100 m × 32 m. It has the typical form of a Roman basilica, consisting of a nave and two aisles, divided by columns and pillars. It comprises a main space, a narthex, galleries and an atrium. The dome is 15m wide and 35m high and has twenty windows."
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rigoletto (34109) 2013-03-18 13:32
This is Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) Museum.
It is normally closed to visitors. Open on events & concerts.
Good angle, nice colors.
If still around (or when in town) you can contact me.
pierrefonds (54534) 2013-03-18 17:07
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing a double perspective of the architecture of the building. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
jusninasirun (17156) 2013-03-18 18:19
I like the unique design of this building with textures on the wall in excellent details. The sky looks beautiful for a windy day and the framing is pleasing.
Thanks and have a great week.
Nicou (115124) 2013-03-18 20:50
Quel building et image superbe quelle vue il est très imposant et tr^ne le rendu sur la façade et cette architecture superbe photo.
Bravo et amitié
besnard (51772) 2013-03-18 22:22
Un bon choix d'angle pour nous faire apprécier au maximum ce superbe bâtiment à l'architecture intéressante.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
shevchenko (19051) 2013-03-19 2:36
Good pov and good frame to show a magnificent church, lovely old architectures, clear to show the beautiful and complicated church that combined with several parts in various geometrical shapes, nice quite and relaxing surrounding environment, good color and exposure too, distinct photo, thanks for sharing a fascinating view.
timecapturer (44265) 2013-03-19 5:16
a fascinating looking building this and it looks quite magnificent in this capture. Wonderful detailing and textures with the human element giving a real sense of scale. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
jemaflor (79872) 2013-03-19 5:30
Nice architecture taken from a good angle, Nice colors and light management, tfs.
mesutilgim (79256) 2013-03-20 5:25
Hello dear Chris !
What a great surprise for me ! Look at that :
We both have been there exactly on the same day !!! And didn't notice each other !
A perfect capture with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Miguel82 (19238) 2013-03-24 5:49
Good presentation of this building with historical references in your photo
Excellent pov, light and framing
Have a good sunday Chris