Galata Bridge and New Mosque from Galata Tower, Istanbul

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bdeh on September 30, 2013

Great view at the bridge and te two mosques Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on September 30, 2013

Greetings Berend. Thanks for your appreciative response.

The New Mosque in the foreground is a huge structure and follows in the architectural pattern of the original pattern - that of the building in the background.

Now here is the interesting bit: the building in the background was designed and built as a church - Sophia Cathedral and it was used as a church for 1000 years (537 until 1453). Then when the Ottoman conquest occurred it was changed to a mosque under the orders of Sultan Mehmed II and minarets were added. It served as a mosque from 1453-1931.

For the last 80 years it has been a museum in which both the evidence of its function as a church and as a mosque are evident.

So the design of mosques with domes originated here, in a church design. In fact while Hagia Sophia with its huge dome is regarded as the epitome of Byzantine architecture, it is from here that many great mosques are patterned, including the famous Blue Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque, and many more around the world, even the Gallipoli Mosque in Sydney.


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