Medallion in Aya Sofya
The Aya Sofya (Haghia Sophia) was founded as a church by Constantine in the fourth century, and rebuilt by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. When Constantinople was conquered in 1453 by the Ottomans, it was transformed into a mosque. One way of doing this was to put up medallions with the names of the four first caliphs around the dome. This is one of the medallions.
Mosaic - Jesus & John the Baptist
Over the centuries that Aya Sofya was a church, the Byzantine emperors had mosaics put onto the walls. This one depicts Jesus and John the Baptist.
Virgin Mary between the emperor and empress Eirene
Christ between empress Eirene and the emperor
This mosaic depicts Christ between the Empress Eirene and the emperor.
Interior of the Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I across a plaza from Aya Sofya.
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