Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Aya Sofia - The Church of The Divine Wisdom

One of the Grandest Church in The World

Situated in the heart of former Constantinople, the last stronghold of the roman empire and the capital of christianity, Aya Sofia was erected between 532 and 537 AD, by the Emperor Justinian.

Overview of the minarets, built after the convertion by Mehmet, The Conqueror.

The word Allah caligraphed on huge placards, symbols of Islam.

When the Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1453, the Aya Sofia was converted into a mosque.

Deesis-mosaics from the beginning of the 14th century, representing Christ enthroned with on one side the Virgin Mary, on the other John The Baptist.

More examples of the phenomenon called "The Palaeologian Renaissance" led to a renewal of the Byzantine mosaic art.

This paintings showed a predilection for perspective and three-dimensionalism.

View of the Blue Mosque, another symbol of Istanbul, from the Aya Sofia.

Detail of the ceilings.

Aya Sofia, called Hagia Sofia in greek, by night.

Photography by Nuno Goncalves. Istanbul, Turkey 2006.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Inside The Blue Mosque Slide Show

Istanbul Slide Show

Istanbul by Night

Turkish Quiosque.

Fish Sandwich Seller.

Fish Sandwich Seller II.

Fish Sandwich Seller III.

Galata Bridge.

The New Mosque from Galata Btidge.

Street Light.

Photography by Nuno Goncalves. Istanbul, Turkey 2006.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Walk about Istanbul!

Istanbul University.

Street seller.

Pomegrenate street seller.

Fruits street sellers.

XXI Century... Unbelievable!!!

Pondering life.

More fruits.

Old house facade.

Deserved rest.

Turkish football stars.

What do you want, my friend!

Old house facade II.

Fisherman's at the Galata Bridge.

Guess how many rods?

Photography by Nuno Goncalves. Istanbul, Turkey 2006.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The most prominent landmarks of Istanbul

Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet Camii

Founded by Sultan Ahmet I, the Blue Mosque was design by Mehmed Aga. The constuction begin in 1609 and was completed in 1616.

Beautiful windows of the Blue Mosque.

Everybody should turn their face to the south when praying, because Mecca( Saudi Arabia), is located in South.

The pulpit and nave are made of marble. The Imam (priest), goes on the pulpit every Friday on the sacred day of the Muslims but he never climbs to the very top as a respect to Prophet Muhammed.

Praying have place five times a day. First one early in morning, second at noon time, third in afternon, fourth in evening and last one before going to bed.

Overview of the chandeliers and windows inside the Blue Mosque.

The mosque has 260 windows which let the sunlight diffuse into the building quite nicely. They were filled with stained-glass in early 17C but they were restored later.

It is all carpeted with prayer rugs because people must put their forehead on the floor and therefore the floor should be soft and clean.

Overview of the inside of the Blue Mosque.

The mosque is all surrounded by beautiful 17C Iznik tiles which give its name to the Blue Mosque.

There is a fountain in the middle of the main courtyard, which is used as decorative purposes.

The marble courtyard is priceless. Its marble comes from the Island of Marmara (the turkish word for marble).

Before praying, one should wash his/her face, arms, neck and feet as well as mouth and nose at the ablution fountains, situated at the big courtyard.

Detail of the Blue Mosque.

Overview of the Blue Mosque by sunset.

Photography by Nuno Goncalves. Istanbul, Turkey 2006.