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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia
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Copyright: Muhammad Shaukat (shaukatmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1012 W: 422 N: 2711] (10141)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-18
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony Alpha 100 Digital SLR, Sony 18-70
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-26 10:28
Viewed: 1593
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
γία Σοφία, "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520. The current building was originally constructed as a church between 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and was the third Church of the Holy Wisdom to occupy the site, the previous two having both been destroyed by rioters. It was designed by the Greek scientists Isidore of Miletus, a physicist, and Anthemius of Tralles, a mathematician

From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.The Church was dedicated to the Logos, the second person of the Holy Trinity its dedication feast taking place on 25 December, the anniversary of the Birth of the incarnation of the Logos in Christ Although it is sometimes referred to as Sancta Sophia sophia is the phonetic spelling in Latin of the Greek word for wisdom – the full name in Greek being Ναός τῆς Ἁγίας τοῦ Θεοῦ Σοφίας, "Church of the Holy Wisdom of God".
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Like the POV you have gone for this location, dear Muhammad!

Great focus on the famous mosque with amazing clarity and nice contrast to the blue sky.
The sharpness and DOF are well done, and colors are natural.
Well done!

Kind regards,

Hi Muhammad
a wonderful postcard from beautiful Istanbul. the famous landmark well captured.
clear details and sharp colors.
nice ambiance on the FG. fountain and people on a bright day.

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-09-26 11:47]

Hello Shaukat,
The selection of PoV is intelligent in this composition because the fregound is adding more life into perspective. Excellent luminosity in a clear bright day. A beautiful snapshot, well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards,

Hi Muhammad,
Beautiful point of view of this lovely mosque well presented and composed,
Nice note of the sujet and deep of field,
great architecture and details.
well done.

Good morning dear friend Muhammad,

A splendid postcard, that makes you want to travel to that country.
A wonderful place, lively dancing fountains and people taking time to time! Great atmosphere of the city.
Great details on this attractive composition. Thank you for sharing.
With my friends.


Bonjour Muhammad,

Joli cliché sur cette cathédrale, joliment mise en beauté par ce beau ciel bleu et par l'effet des jets d'eau que tu as eu la bonne idée d'inclure sur la photo!!!
L'édifice paraît immense, je pense que l'intérieur doit valoir le détour!!!

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-09-27 5:31]

Hi Muhammad

An impressive & imposing Mosque. Good colour & sharpness. The fg fountain adds depth. Tfs!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-09-27 13:45]

Hello Muhammad :)

This architecture looks on the background of the the blue of the sky magnificently!
People and fountains create the additional effect.
Very interesting composition, perfect realization in colours and light.
I like him very much.

I greet You warmly.

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  • mikio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 61 N: 385] (1327)
  • [2011-10-06 1:03]

Hi Muhammad,

You're capturing well this massive dome by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see elegant cathedral with unique shape and towers. When I was a student, I studied by the historical lesson, but it is interesting that here was a relay point of Eastern and Western culture. For those who are alive in us the present, it is interesting to consider civilization tracing back to the past, when getting to know modern society.


Hello Muhammad! Amazing architecture, famous architecture. Nice lightness and colours, superb weather. Interesting note. Original work. Well done!

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