Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Hagia Sophia
Istanbul, Turkey

"Restoration of the Hagia Sophia was ordered by Sultan Abdülmecid and completed by eight hundred workers between 1847 and 1849, under the supervision of the Swiss-Italian architect brothers Gaspare and Giuseppe Fossati. The brothers consolidated the dome and vaults, straightened the columns, and revised the decoration of the exterior and the interior of the building. The mosaics in the upper gallery were exposed and cleaned, although many were recovered 'for protection against further damage'. The old chandeliers were replaced by new pendant ones. New gigantic circular-framed disks or medallions were hung on columns. These were inscribed with the names of Allah, Muhammad, the first four caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and the two grandchildren of Muhammad: Hassan and Hussain, by the calligrapher Kazasker Mustafa İzzed Effendi (1801–1877)" (Wikipedia).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

JFK International

My Turkish Airlines flight from JFK International Airport to Istanbul.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Connector Flight

Disembarking from a connector flight from National Airport to JFK International on my way to Israel.