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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul,Turkey~No shoes allowed in the Blue Mosque or any mosque for that matter. Women must cover their legs and shoulders when entering the holy mosques.  The Muslims practice Islam and its five Pillars.  One of the pillars is to pray five times a day.  Prayers can be heard over the entire country from loudspeakers coming from these beautiful mosques.

Istanbul,Turkey~No shoes allowed in the Blue Mosque or any mosque for that matter. Women must cover their legs and shoulders when entering the holy mosques. The Muslims practice Islam and its five Pillars. One of the pillars is to pray five times a day. Prayers can be heard over the entire country from loudspeakers coming from these beautiful mosques.

Archangel Michael 9th century, icon from Hagia Sophia

Archangel Michael 9th century, icon from Hagia Sophia

The most famous of the surviving Byzantine mosaics of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople - the image of Christ Pantocrator on the walls of the upper southern gallery. Christ is flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. The mosaics were made in the 12th century.

The most famous of the surviving Byzantine mosaics of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople - the image of Christ Pantocrator on the walls of the upper southern gallery. Christ is flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. The mosaics were made in the 12th century.

The Virgin and Child Enthroned, 847, Hagia Sophia, Constaninople

The Virgin and Child Enthroned, 847, Hagia Sophia, Constaninople

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

HAGIA SOPHIA CONSTANTINOPOLE

HAGIA SOPHIA CONSTANTINOPOLE

Carpet Making - Selcuk, Turkey. Check out our post about Turkey: http://openupnow.net/2014/05/25/southwest-turkey/

Carpet Making - Selcuk, Turkey. Check out our post about Turkey: http://openupnow.net/2014/05/25/southwest-turkey/

Mosaic from the Narthex of Hagia Sophia

Mosaic from the Narthex of Hagia Sophia

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