Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

One of the last masterpieces of classical Ottoman architecture, it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, for the blue tiles on its inside walls.



Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia.  Santa Sophia.  Aya Sofya.  Church of Holy Wisdom.  Has any other church in the world been witness to so many monumental events in history?  The eruption of the Great Schism.  The sacking of Constantinople by the Crusaders.  The fall of the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Turks.

Rebuilt many times over the years, this landmark of architecture is now a museum, constantly being restored.




Jama Masjid, Delhi

jama masjid

The view northward from atop the south-west minaret of Delhi’s cavernous Jama Masjid, or Friday Mosque. Only from an elevated position can one truly appreciate how hazy and polluted the atmosphere above Delhi is.  The mosque itself is one of the great monuments to Mughal architecture, commissioned by emperor Shah Jahan.