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Religious rivalry 2

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alexander stefanatos


Pro Member, thessaloniki

Religious rivalry 2

Turkey
Istanbul(Konstantinople)
Agyia Sophia(St Sophia) and Sultan Ahmed mosque(Blue Mosque).

They stand facing each other-only a short walk across the street separates them- as the two fascinating monuments of contemporary Istanbul, each of them a historic and religious symbol of past flourishing empires.Agyia Sophia more emblematic and decorated among the scriptures and older by more than thousand years-built in 537 AD by the glorious Byzantine emperor Justinian-was immediately proclaimed as the most imposing religious emblem of Orthodox Christianity but, in the same time, also a powerful political and administrative center indicative of absolute imperial domination.During the thousand years of the Byzantine Empire all emperors have been crowned in there and the church was the safest refuge for Constantinople citizens at times that the city was seized and threatened by ennemies till the final surrender to the Ottomans in 1453 after which date it was transformed into a mosque with the raising of four minarets.Loaded with precious mosaics and frescoes remains as a museum in our days but still is considered as the most imposing symbol of Orthodox Christianity.
Sultan Ahmed mosque-also called Blue Mosque because of the rich and beautiful blue fayance tiles in its interior- was built by sultan Ahmed in 1610 who put it just opposite Agyia Sophia in order to rival the Christian opposite emblem. In order to exceed Muslim upon Christian domination, he raised six minarets instead of the four of St Sophia thus causing complains from the leading Kaaba Mosque in Mecca also having six which discrepancy Ahmed quickly solved by raising one more minaret to Kaaba.. His architects also incorporated many Byzantine elements from its neighbouring rival.
Since 1615 the two emblematic figures stand face to face in the most central point of Istanbul reminiscent of reciprocal obligations and demands and with Muslims and Christians going in and out in them.

It is very often in history monuments, even so adverse, to reconciliate and make friendships as easily as books on library shelves Fanatism, fontamentalism, malice and vindictiveness remain vivid only in people's mind that cannot accept the simple fact that different religions, origins,colors and traditions should also be respected and free.

In the photo, the two historic monuments seen from Bosporus. Nobady can deny that the site Constantinople was built in 324 AD is the best in the world...

Comments 8

  • SINA 13/05/2016 13:51

    ein wundervolles Foto Alexander
  • catherine Berthe 02/05/2016 19:12

    joli vue!!! encore de bons souvenirs merci !!!! amitiés catherine
  • Giampiero Mazzoleni 02/05/2016 18:02

    Super !!
  • Mirjam Burer 02/05/2016 15:46

    thank you for all the information you give us, Alexander....
    a great view, wonderful tones and big compliment...
    sad history...and it still is going on...
    me agapi....
  • cathy Blatt 02/05/2016 11:15

    To me Istanbul is the most exciting city in the world, where so many cultures meet. You have captured the moodiness so well and the mosques are simply overpowering.
  • sparkling light 02/05/2016 11:07

    "Rocket City"
  • Sue Thompson 02/05/2016 10:28

    Another excellent view of the rligious houses.
    I feel that had you cropped some from the base and made this intto a landscape your picture would have been bigger. This seems to happen with upright and square pics..... yet another thing for us to moan about :)))
  • Harold Thompson 02/05/2016 9:59

    Good view across the water and capturing the two different styles of architecture
    God to read the history of the places
    :-)) Harold

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