Hagia Sophia - seen from the fountain

Hagia Sophia - seen from the fountain

Hagia Sophia - as seen from the entry gate

Hagia Sophia - as seen from the entry gate

Exterior of Hagia Sophia - Istanbul

Exterior of Hagia Sophia - Istanbul

Ablution fountain of Hagia Sophia

Ablution fountain of Hagia Sophia

One of the minarets of this former church and mosque

One of the minarets of this former church and mosque

Ablution area on RHS when this building used to be a mosque

Ablution area on RHS when this building used to be a mosque

Queue for the tickets

Queue for the tickets

Old pillars in the area which was leading to ticket office

Old pillars in the area which was leading to ticket office

Pillars and their tops on display

Pillars and their tops on display

An 18th century sebil

An 18th century sebil

Ablution fountain of the former mosque

Ablution fountain of the former mosque

Ceiling of the fountain

Ceiling of the fountain

Water taps of the fountain

Water taps of the fountain

Ornamented interior

Ornamented interior

A minaret of the Former mosque - now museum

A minaret of the Former mosque - now museum

Some of the old artifacts lying on the floor

Some of the old artifacts lying on the floor

Side view of the exterior

Side view of the exterior

Fountain with the Hagia Sophia in the background

Fountain with the Hagia Sophia in the background

Fountain at night with Hagia Sophia in background

Fountain at night with Hagia Sophia in background

Changing colours of the fountain

Changing colours of the fountain

More colours

More colours

Hagia Sophia at dusk

Hagia Sophia at dusk

Hagia Sophia at night

Hagia Sophia at night

Entrance to the museum

Entrance to the museum

Main entrance door is in the middle

Main entrance door is in the middle

Side wall of the former church & mosque

Side wall of the former church & mosque

A small lawn with old pillars inside

A small lawn with old pillars inside

An arch above the main entry door

An arch above the main entry door

Main entrance of the former church

Main entrance of the former church

Area above the main door

Area above the main door

Some of the old objects on the floor

Some of the old objects on the floor

Close up of one of the stones

Close up of one of the stones

This slab shows the Lamb of God

This slab shows the Lamb of God

Carving on a slab depicting Byzantine past

Carving on a slab depicting Byzantine past

Outer Narthex

Outer Narthex

Outer Narthex - close up

Outer Narthex - close up

Two doors of the museum

Two doors of the museum

Christ on throne with emperor kneeling beside him

Christ on throne with emperor kneeling beside him

Designs and patterns on the door

Designs and patterns on the door

Decorated door between outer and inner narthex

Decorated door between outer and inner narthex

The very first glimpse of the interior of Hagia Sophia

The very first glimpse of the interior of Hagia Sophia

The inner narthex - Hagia Sophia Istanbul

The inner narthex - Hagia Sophia Istanbul

A gift shop inside the museum

A gift shop inside the museum

The ceiling of the narthex

The ceiling of the narthex

Area above the main door to the main hall

Area above the main door to the main hall

View of the right side of the interior

View of the right side of the interior

Islamic calligraphy inside Hagia Sophia Museum

Islamic calligraphy inside Hagia Sophia Museum

An arch and a dome

An arch and a dome

Calligraphy attached to a supporting column

Calligraphy attached to a supporting column

Beautiful interior of Hagia Sophia

Beautiful interior of Hagia Sophia

Decorations next to the main dome

Decorations next to the main dome

Beautiful interior

Beautiful interior

Muzzein mehfills (the muezzin's gallery)

Muzzein mehfills (the muezzin's gallery)

Area next to the mehrab of this mosque of the past

Area next to the mehrab of this mosque of the past

The mehrab on left hand side

The mehrab on left hand side

The beauty at its finest

The beauty at its finest

Famous golden mosaics of Hagia Sophia

Famous golden mosaics of Hagia Sophia

Area above the mehrab

Area above the mehrab

Calligraphy and smaller domes

Calligraphy and smaller domes

The main dome of Hagia Sophia

The main dome of Hagia Sophia

Calligraphic roundels

Calligraphic roundels

Interior of the Hagia Sophia

Interior of the Hagia Sophia

The Mehrab

The Mehrab

The Sultan's lodge - Hagia Sophia

The Sultan's lodge - Hagia Sophia

Panoramic view of the mehrab

Panoramic view of the mehrab

Hagia Sophia - interior

Hagia Sophia - interior

Main dome

Main dome

Dome - close up

Dome - close up

Medallions and pendant chandeliers

Medallions and pendant chandeliers

Mehmut I's Library

Mehmut I's Library

Calligraphic samples amid beautiful parts of the museum

Calligraphic samples amid beautiful parts of the museum

Details of the ceiling

Details of the ceiling

Islamic calligraphic samples on display

Islamic calligraphic samples on display

A solid looking arch

A solid looking arch

Supporting column and interior

Supporting column and interior

Minber of the former mosque

Minber of the former mosque

The muezzin gallery and stairs

The muezzin gallery and stairs

The Sultan's lodge and the Upper Gallery

The Sultan's lodge and the Upper Gallery

Beautiful interior with sign of Muhammad (PBUH)

Beautiful interior with sign of Muhammad (PBUH)

Renovation was also being carried out

Renovation was also being carried out

Main dome surrounded by smaller ones

Main dome surrounded by smaller ones

Patterns on a column

Patterns on a column

Breath taking view with chandeliers

Breath taking view with chandeliers

Some of the visitors were there to see the museum only

Some of the visitors were there to see the museum only

The marble urn

The marble urn

Close up of the urn

Close up of the urn

Gallery of the mosaics

Gallery of the mosaics

Wish Column of Hagia Sophia

Wish Column of Hagia Sophia

Columns with iron clasps

Columns with iron clasps

Wish Coulmn or Sweating Column

Wish Coulmn or Sweating Column

The upper gallery area

The upper gallery area

Ceiling of the upper gallery

Ceiling of the upper gallery

Arches and colours

Arches and colours

Some faded colours

Some faded colours

Back side of a calligraphic roundel

Back side of a calligraphic roundel

Ground floor - as seen from the upper gallery

Ground floor - as seen from the upper gallery

Panoramic view of the lower gallery

Panoramic view of the lower gallery

Two roundels and dome area

Two roundels and dome area

Two roundels and the mehrab

Two roundels and the mehrab

Renovations being carried out in one part of the building

Renovations being carried out in one part of the building

Mosaics with geometric pattern in upper gallery area

Mosaics with geometric pattern in upper gallery area

Upper galler arch - close up

Upper galler arch - close up

Ceiling of upper imperial gallery

Ceiling of upper imperial gallery

The DeŽsis mosaic with Christ as ruler

The DeŽsis mosaic with Christ as ruler

Detail of DeŽsis mosaic

Detail of DeŽsis mosaic

Beautiful arches

Beautiful arches

Roundels seen from the upper gallery

Roundels seen from the upper gallery

The Blue mosque - seen from Hagia Sophia

The Blue mosque - seen from Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque in background

Blue Mosque in background

Mary with the emperor John II Comnenos and the empress Irene

Mary with the emperor John II Comnenos and the empress Irene

Emperor John mosaic - Comnenus mosaic

Emperor John mosaic - Comnenus mosaic

Christ with the emperor Constantine IX and the empress Zoe

Christ with the emperor Constantine IX and the empress Zoe

Jesus with the emperor - close up

Jesus with the emperor - close up

Panoramic view of upper gallery and the dome

Panoramic view of upper gallery and the dome

Gold colours on upper walls

Gold colours on upper walls

Gold colour has survived in this part of this former church

Gold colour has survived in this part of this former church

Mary holding baby in her lap

Mary holding baby in her lap

Marble floor of upper imperial gallery

Marble floor of upper imperial gallery

Upper gallery and side of the main dome

Upper gallery and side of the main dome

Some of the mosaics prodouced recenlty on display

Some of the mosaics prodouced recenlty on display

View of the upper area

View of the upper area

Ceiling and side wall - close up

Ceiling and side wall - close up

A roundel and arches of Hagia Sophia

A roundel and arches of Hagia Sophia

Upper and lower area arches

Upper and lower area arches

Arch on a ramp leading to the ground floor

Arch on a ramp leading to the ground floor

The Sultan's Lodge on left hand side

The Sultan's Lodge on left hand side

Renovation was under way inside Hagia Sophia

Renovation was under way inside Hagia Sophia

A small structure on ground floor

A small structure on ground floor

Main hall as seen from the front door

Main hall as seen from the front door

Ceiling above the exit door

Ceiling above the exit door

Patterns above main door

Patterns above main door

Exit door of the museum

Exit door of the museum

Mary with Constantine and Justinian

Mary with Constantine and Justinian

Exit door and side walls of Hagia Sophia

Exit door and side walls of Hagia Sophia

Old pot on left hand side of the museum

Old pot on left hand side of the museum

Some old decorations and storage pots

Some old decorations and storage pots

An old structure

An old structure

Exterior wall of the museum

Exterior wall of the museum

Ablution fountain

Ablution fountain

Busy Evenning in the square

Busy Evenning in the square

Panoramic view of Hagia Sophia

Panoramic view of Hagia Sophia

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Hagia Sophia Istanbul

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Hagia Sophia Istanbul