Extra Pics Europe

Istanbul

Aya Sofya 535 1
Aya Sofya. Started in the sixth century by the Byzantine emperor Justinian
and added to over the centuries. The unspectacular exterior belies the
awesome effect on entering.

Madonna 535 1
The Byzantine empire was overcome by the Ottoman Turks 1,000 years later in the 16th
century. Muslims, they plastered over the church's murals, which had the effect of preserving
them until uncovered in the 1930's.

AS susp lamp 300 1

AS detail 530 1
Detail in Aya Sofya

Blue Mosque 535 1
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning
the walls of its interior, built by the Ottomans in the 17th century.


Bulgaria
T Dew 300 1
Wait a minute, I know that whiskey! Spotted in Veliko Tornovo


Romania
Sighi 350L 1

Sighi clocktower 350L 1
13th century clocktower, Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad Tepes
(or Count Dracula) in Transylvania.

Hungary
Budapest storm 530 1
A rainstorm sweeps across Pest, as seen from across the Danube
in the old 'Castle' district in Buda.

Pest street 530L 1
Typical street scene in downtown Pest

Shake hands 267 1 Liberator 267L 1
Hungarian worker shakes liberating Russian
soldier's hand in gratitude.

Army pose 530 1
Szobor Park, new home to displaced former Soviet monuments.