» 1500-YEAR-OLD BYZANTINE HOLE IN THE CEILING

Photo Essay

This photo, of a portal in the ceiling of one of the dim walkways that connect the first level to the second at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, strikes me as a great visual metaphor for what all of the religious and political leaders who’ve put this structure to use since about 537 C.E. have promised and exploited. – (c) 2016 Brian Awehali

This portal in the ceiling of one of the dim walkways that connect the first level to the second at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is as a nice metaphor for what religious and political leaders have exploited this structure for since about 537 C.E. – (c) 2016 Brian Awehali

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» QUALIFIED APPRECIATIONS AT HAGIA SOPHIA

 

Photo EssayHagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey - (c) 2016 Brian Awehali

Spiritually speaking, I’m fairly described as an atheist anarcho-Buddhist, and I didn’t want to go stand in line to look at the Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest and largest monuments to monotheism and feuding totalitarian religious dogma in the world. But F. really wanted to go, and I didn’t have any better plans for the gray and rainy day.

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