Pictures from the Harem at Topkapı Palace

I am here in Istanbul for teaching (and learning, of course). Here are a few pictures I was able to take when not preparing lectures or teaching or leading discussions or whatever it is a professor does:

Wonderful colors.
Wonderful colors.
I like the color decorations around the upper windows.
I like the color decorations around the upper windows.
Tiles.
Tiles.
The court of the Haram.
The court of the Haram.
A warming kettle
A warming kettle
I loved this metal lattice.
I loved this metal lattice.
One of the haram rooms.
One of the haram rooms.
Domes everywhere.
Domes everywhere.
I liked the windows high in the walls.
I liked the windows high in the walls.
The main hall for guests. This couch would have been for the Sultan, though there was a balcony for the women to the left and up.
The main hall for guests. This couch would have been for the Sultan, though there was a balcony for the women to the left and up.
Me in the great hall.
Me in the great hall.
More domes,
More domes,
Some domes have skylights.
Some domes have skylights.
Some domes have skylights.
Some domes have skylights.
To the left is a shelf for cleaning dishes.
To the left is a shelf for cleaning dishes.
Tiles.
Tiles.
Pictures from Topkepi Palace on the Golden Horn, and then mostly from the Harem.
Pictures from Topkepi Palace on the Golden Horn, and then mostly from the Harem.
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The Hagia Sophia in Constantinople

I was in Constantinople (Istanbul) recently for a consultation and was able to squeeze in a bit of sight-seeing. This was fortunate as I had never been to that city before (excepting the airport, which does not really count). Here are a few pictures of the Hagia Sophia.

Interior Dome of the Hagia Sophia, copyright D A Miller 2013
Interior Dome of the Hagia Sophia, copyright D A Miller 2013
Hagia Sophia, exterior. Copyright D A Miller 2013
Hagia Sophia, exterior. Copyright D A Miller 2013
Hagia Sophia, Virgin & Child Mosaic. Copyright D A Miller 2013
Hagia Sophia, Virgin & Child Mosaic. Copyright D A Miller 2013

You can find some more pictures of the Hagia Sophia at my Flickr page. Just click HERE.