More of Istanbul tonight. I could go on and on about how unbelievable and gorgeous a city it is, but instead I'll just show you a couple examples of why:
Sultanahmet Cami, or the Blue Mosque. Absolutely breathtaking in person.
The Aya Sofya ("Holy Wisdom"), which was built in the 5th century A.D. by the Emperor Justinian, had the largest dome in the Western World until the Duomo was built in Italy hundreds of years later. It is easily the most beautiful and fascinating place I've ever been inside. (The inside will be a separate entry soon.)
My original sketch of the Aya Sofya as seen from the courtyard near the Blue Mosque.
And finally, the two mosques together in a layout for one of my many spreads about my trip to Istanbul.
More to come tomorrow. But for now, bedtime. Hope you enjoyed this, and goodnight!