Nea Ecclesiastica with Pigeons ©2008 by Trici Venola. Sultanahmet, Istanbul. This 9th-century church with its five gilded domes was spared by Mehmet the Conqueror but used as an ammunition dump by his son. It blew up in the 16th century. To the left through a wrecked doorway is a four-inch-thick broken marble floor under a filthy coffered ceiling. Someone lived there and painted it blue. Pigeons on the roof, and their owner climbed up and brought me Turkish coffee while I drew.
SultanahmetIstanbul9thcentury churchfive gilded domesMehmet the Conquerorammunition dump16th centurywrecked doorwaybroken marble floorcoffered ceiling. PigeonsroofTurkish coffee