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After more than 4 years that I have been trying to go to Istanbul and meet my great friend Deniz, work finally took me there. I spent 2 weeks working and managed to invest at least 3 days without work in order to see the city.
The Hagia Sophia we know today was conceived by Emperor Justinian, and designed by the mathematician Anthemis of Tralles and the architect Isidorus of Miletus. The work lasted 5 years and the church was completed by 537 AD. The church measures 77 x 72m, and its impressive dome soars 62m above the floor and has a diameter of about 33m (according to my friend the Statue of Liberty could be placed beneath the dome without touching it). Hagia Sophia was the greatest church in Christendom until St Peter's Basilica was built in Rome a thousand years later.
In the year 1453, with the conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror converted the church into a Mosque, but what is remarkable is the fact that they only built on top of the original church, nothing was destroyed and because of that today we can see some original mosaics.
In the pictures on the right you can see theQiblah Wall (which denotes the direction of Mecca), and details of the Mihrab. Below these lines some exterior shots of Hagia Sophia and details of Mosaics and different views. The level of details inside the Hagia Sophia is AMAZING, as my friend said "It looks like if it was made with needles", and you can see it in the picture of the details of the columns.
I have been listening to the news on the TV and just found out that now the US government is going to issue a debit card loaded with $2,000 to those affected by the hurricane. Now my question is: will this really help the homeless still in
BBC got together a special 30 minutes documentary on hurricane Katrina, where in a part of it a couple of Brits in their 50s where interview on their experience of staying in
They said that resources (water, food, bathrooms, etc.) where really limited for the amount of people that were present, that it was complete chaos. A group of foreigners had to get together to protect each other, and that at the moment that the generators where turned of as they had run out of gas, they saw and listened as at least 1 person was raped and another one was killed close to them.
How do you put a price to all of these damages? How do you reflect all of these into popularity index? How do go on with your life after this?
I can only say that I am truly thankful, because this same hurricane hit