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Great batalay 2006-12-07 10:23

Helo Janos,

The great physicist Werner Heisenberg once wrote, "You should never underestimate how much pleasure it give a person to hear/see what he already knows." So it is for me and the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet. Although I've lived in the United States most of my life, I revel in the magnificent old architecture and ruins of Turkey each time I visit. Your photograph of the egg-shell structure, surrounded by buttressing egg-shells, but all masterfully placed makes it a wonderful architectural study. The graininess of the photo simply accentuates the age of the photo (the building was merely 453 years old instead of the present 490). Although the "blue" of the "Blue Mosque" refers to the Iznik tiles on the interior surface rather than the exterior color, this is still a beautiful image, suggesting a certain timelessness. I like old photos and I am personally presenting old slides, scanned, along with new digital images. Warm regards, Bulent

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Old 12-08-2006, 05:09 AM
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Default To batalay: Haghia Sophia

Hello Mr. Atalay, You are a very impressive and accomplished person and thanks for your appreciation. The 'eggshell' structure is of course the idea the Ottomans stole from the Byzantine masterpiece, Haghia Sophia, built nearly 1000 years earlier. The Haghia Sophia is even more ingenious with
pendentive 1/4 domes supporting the high dome, a way of covering a square space with a round dome. But I am sure you know all this. Best regards, Janos
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