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The Aya Sofia Turkey

The Aya Sofia Turkey
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-17
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 17-85 mm f: 4-5,6 IS USM, Compact Flash 2-2gb
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Istanbul... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 12:48
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Istanbul ...what a town !

Here we have the third and last country our Cruisse-ship *sailed* to: Turkey and one of its major
Cities: Istanbul.
( in history also known as: Constantinopel )

Istanbul is partley Europe and the other half is 'Asia'

There is so much to do/see that it would go to far now
to discribe it all.. but I concentrate here on the world famous: Aya Sofia

Hagia Sophia in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin, Aya Sofya in Turkish.

It was first built in 325 - 360 by Konstantin II before it was destroyed by fire, rebuilt, again in 532 destroyed by fire.

After ca. 32 days rebuilding was started and on 537 AD the Emperor declared it open again for Christianity.
(This was the greatest church in Christianity until St. Peter's was built in Rome 1'000 years later).

1453 Constantinopel was taken by the Ottomans and from then on the Ayasofya was a Mosque.
I cannot simply explain how overwhelming this monument is. You have to see it yourself!
more click here

Thanks for popping in Folks
Best regards:

John T

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

George Bernard Shaw

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Very nice shot here John! You must have TONS of pictures to process! A nightmare for sure! But it is so nice to see these! Great shot!

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  • jityna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 119 W: 7 N: 162] (1083)
  • [2007-05-22 12:58]

Hi John, you caught this architectural monument in the full beauty.
Great work!

Hoi John,
Indeed, Istanbul is good enough to spent more time. We spent a full week overthere (12 years ago) and could even spent more time. So much to see and so much to do.
Good capture of this building. The fontains look like waterfalls. Good clearity, colors and sharpness.

Hi dear my master John;thank you very much for my country-visit,good shot....

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2007-05-22 13:19]
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welcome to my town John,
hope you enjoy the trip...
very nice pic of aya sofya...
waiting for other pics as well...

Hi John
I agree, I was lucky enough to see this place in 2004. It is an absolutely awesome incredible structure. When I was there they still working on restoring the dome, is that work completed now?? Thanks for good memory...

Very nice picture of a monumental building. Great colours and fine details. Very sharp.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-05-22 13:27]

What a beautiful shot great pov looks like an absolutely amazing place to visit! TFS

Hello Johnny,

Another wonderful architecture presetned from your trip. Well composed and nice colors. TFS


ps: Was reading the notes, and you said it is a church. It looks like mosque as far as architecture goes.

Hello John,

Great shot of this majestic architectural structure! Great POV,well balanced composition and great DOF.
Well done my friend.
Greetings (*&*)

Hi John,
now I know where you have been - oooohhh, I'm a little jealous, what a trip!
I love Istambul and this shot is marvelous.
I haven't seen the Hagia with the flags, sooooo beautiful. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi John.
Nice shot, nice places. Good composition, good colour presentation. Excellent work. tfs. Stev

Simply outstanding:
Excellent composition...
Amazing details...
at 1/320 it stopped everything in view...
Great exposures to balance the shades & lighted...
Perefect communication between the MASTER & the Slave in Turkistan:)
David p

excellent shot

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2007-05-22 15:10]

Hi John
You have the interesting way of presenting the topic. The photograph is very dynamic.

Hello John,
Wow, really impressive your picture.
Great colours and POV with your great angle. There is a great atmsphere communicated by our picture. Its an effective POV and very fine details. Very good shot. The lightness and the nice sky they accompany the nice mosque give this excellent result.
Heartily, Corinne.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-05-22 16:20]

WOW Jonhn.
Fantastic Mosque.Excellent view.
Best wishes.

Hi John,
This is beautiful, a wonderful pov of the fountain with the Aya Sofia in the background. The architecture of this building is amazing, and to think it has stood all these years!
Thanks for sharing,

merhaba dear john
welcome to Istanbul my friend.
very good aya sofia and composition.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hello John,
This is a great shot and very nice composition of this majestic Aya Sofia. Very creative work with beautiful colors.


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-05-22 19:34]

Hi John,
Very good photo for a great historic place. Good lighting reflection in the dome on frontage. Excellent POV! Bravo! Annie

Hi John.
Very nice capture,good details and composition.Well presented.Good work.
Best Regards

* Piotr *

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2007-05-23 5:15]

Hello John.
Very interesting composition here. Good looking view and perspective is top class. Nice and effective.
My compliments.
Janek J-23

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-05-23 6:34]

Hallo John
Hoort helemaal in de serie.Mooi shot.
Gr Jos

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-05-23 11:53]

Great photo, nice of you to share some beauty from yout trip with us. Very warm here today about 90 deg F. Have a good week my friend! Don

hello john!!!
this is wonderful shot of aya sofia, excellent.
great angle, wonderful compositionand very nice sky and colors.
i like it.


Is this, what ze noemen, 'Water naar de Bosporus brengen' ?
Very good pov, John. Great looking picture of that famous Church.

Hi John,

Good Capture. Nice Framing and really detailed picture.

It looks like a pathway to the castle behind those fountains.

Well done.

With best regards,
Muhammad Usman Ali

Hi John, wonderful view of great architecture, I like it, ciao Silvio

Hello John, We visited in Autumn of 2005 and were amazed with beauty of this ancient building. You have captured it well and I like the fountain in the foreground. Looks as though you are having a wonderful trip. TFS. Cheers Pat.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-05-23 15:26]

Hola John,
hermosa vista,
un excelente pov, dof.
exquisita presentación.
saludos amigo,

Hi John,
This is a very nice composition of this beautiful Aya Sofia.Beautiful composition and colours. very creative and detail very nicely done great frame, excellent work.

....and the technical immensity of the dome is still an architectural marvel to this day! To truly appreciate such a structure, we have to realize that there were no engineering drawings and computer calculated models available then....
Nicely put together, and if there wasn't a palm frond in the upper right, you would have had to clone one in to give it the depth it attained.

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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 2 N: 130] (1410)
  • [2007-05-23 18:12]

Great shot, looks like a really cool place to see.
I need to travel more :7(
TFS Dave

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-05-24 2:37]

Wonderful POV and compo for the "portrait" of this great building.
It looks like coming out from the water !


Excellent John. With all our Turkish friends that I keep and eye on it is nice to see Istanbul through a Dutch camera. Well composed, lovely capture of the water and good natural colours. TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-05-24 8:14]

Hi John,
great POV to get a nice view of the building and the fountain in the FG. Details are nice and sharp and the colors are look great.
Nice getting a history and geography lesson at the same time

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2007-05-24 11:20]

Hope you had wonderful time in Turkey. I saw Istanbul too and it's amazing place with lots of historical places.
Beautiful shot of Aya Sofia. Well done.

Hoi John
Hele fraaie foto, POV & PP. Goed gezien!

Nice shot, good catch of those vertical towers, the photo looks a bit symetrical.
Well it gives that some kind of impression.


To much for one day all your splendour, I LOVE this one too!!

Hi bro! superb shot of the mosk with the fountain in the fg and the water. Very well framed by the trees, nice symetrical photo! Great work! Very sharp!
and a great light coming through the clouds even if it is a cloudy day! Great work!

Your trip is so nice to follow in your foot step!

Take care, sis :)

Merhaba Dear john,
welcome to my town:)Very Beautiful photo of aya sofya.Congrats!!
Cordial Greetings,

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