Aya Sofia


    When I first visited Istanbul, Turkey, in December, 1999, the first place I wanted to see was the Aya Sofia.  My hotel was in the Fatih district but I was able to catch a taxi to this building.  I saw it at night but it was so beautiful.  I arrived just in time for the evening call to prayer which ended the Ramadan fast for the day.  In the summer of 2002, I was able to spend nearly 3 months living in Istanbul.  I finally got a daytime shot of this beautiful, church/mosque/museum.  Oddly enough, due to the large lines of tourists, I have never visited the inside of the Aya Sofia.

    Aya Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey