Photographer's Note

The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world - until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent turned the then Church into a mosque added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia.

Three days of wet weather resulted in this unique perspective of one of the world's greatest structures.

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Additional Photos by Michael Levy (MichaelLevy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 94] (651)
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