Merhaba! Nasılsınız? I immediately recognised the Hagia Sophia from my travels throughout Turkey and the Middle East. I lived in a little "boarding house" B&B hotel called the Valide Sultan Konagı not far from the Hagia Sophia. [link] ... breakfast each morning on the top floor and roof was wonderful, with a view overlooking the Bosforus and Sea of Marmara during sunrise. It was a easy walk to the Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) and Grand Bazaar. There were little grocer shops nearby, and an excellent balık lokantası (fish restaurant) nearby as well. The Valide Sultan Konagı was so close to a mosque that call to prayer felt like it was in my room! How wonderful to hear and be reminded to pray so clearly during the early early morning. The Imam's voice was beautiful.
My photos of the Hagia Sofia are from a crappy old film camera, at a time when I wasn't into photography at all, but I recall one especially beautiful that showed light coming through the high upper wall windows near the pulpit. It was such a wonderous place to behold, and this history is beyond mortal comprehension when taken in total. Thank you so much for sharing this foto! Gule Gule!