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Istanbul lies partly in Asia and partly in Europe. We arrived to Istanbul on the 24th of August. The best way to get to the city centre from the airport for a reasonable price is not to listen to any taxi drivers or private tourist informations and go straight to the subway terminal. For 2 tickets for 1,30 New Turkish Lira each, you will get to the Sultanahmed where the biggest atractions of the city are waiting for you.

One of them is Hagia Sophia - one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Hagia Sophia is covered by a central dome with a diameter of 31 meters (102 feet) and 56 meters high, slightly smaller than the Pantheon's. It was the largest cathedral for 1,000 years up until the completion of the cathedral in Seville.

Of great artistic value was its decorated interior with mosaics and marble pillars and coverings. The temple was richly and artistically decorated.
The anomalies in the design of the Hagia Sophia show how this structure is one of the most advanced and ambitious monuments of late antiquity.

Around there one can sit on a bench and relax looking at the fountains. It`s a favorite place of tourists and couples to have a walk or to rest a bit.

Taken with my 10d, wide-angle lens and helpful as always tripod.
Hope you like it!

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This is my first view from Turkey in new travelogue: "The Best of Turkey". Many more are still waiting to be shared. You are very welcomed to come again.
Thanks for visiting.
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Additional Photos by Patryk Moriak (patriik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 10 N: 360] (1935)
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