More Aya Sofya Musings

Around three weeks ago, we did the Aya Sofya post for this blog. As we were in Istanbul, we wanted once more to see the majesty that the interior of this building commands – and again, we were amazed by its grand interior.

But there’s something innate in my being; something instilled in me from my time wandering around museums on numerous school trips as a child. Maybe you can relate? Just as you thought you were on a nice, easy jolly from school for the day, the teacher handed you the dreaded clipboard with a worksheet and HB pencil attached to it. No aimless wandering allowed! No, we had to look for the less obvious features of the building we were in and note them on the provided worksheet. Tedium for all kids involved!

But it’s obviously stayed with me and, while we were wandering around the upper gallery of Aya Sofya, I spotted a full row of outer windows. There were a few people milling around, holding their cameras aloft to take photos, so I thought I’d go to see what then view was like – except I wasn’t tall enough.

Hagia Sophia Views

A tiny window with special views

As this photo shows, the windows in Aya Sofya are far from huge but I still wanted to see what the view might be – we were in Sultanahmet after all.  Surely there must be some sort of interesting view.

Camera set up in my right hand, I stood on the diagonal stone ledge along the wall and gripped the window ledge with my fingertips on my left hand. Not comfortable at all and I had a few short seconds to play with before I would have to release my precarious stance.

Hagia Sophia Views From Gallery

Viewing the Blue Mosque from Hagia Sophia

While we couldn’t really see what we were taking photographs of at the time, capturing a sneak view of Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque) in the background was definitely a result! We’ve been inside Aya Sofya twice now – but on the first time, peering through the windows never crossed my mind. Glad I became curious this time around.

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  1. Loved those window view pictures! Worth the trouble trying to take them. I’m planning to visit next year so I’ll see if I can find those windows.

  2. Definitely wonderful to be peering through those windows!

  3. @ Miss Footloose: Thank you. They’re all just on the top gallery so you’ll see them easy enough.

    @ Belinda: Not a bad view is it from some of them? 🙂

  4. I like the top gallery and the view from those windows that are so high you can only see through them on camera.

  5. @ Italian Notes: I could just about see through the windows – with a lot of straining and stretching! 🙂 The top gallery’s great for looking down on everyone to, isn’t it? 🙂

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