Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is a beautiful and extraordinary example of surviving Byzantine architecture. The original Hagia Sophia was built in the fourth century by Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor and the founder of Constantinople. Hagia Sophia was one of several churches he built in important cities throughout his empire.

The church was destroyed and rebuilt several times in the fourth century. It was rebuilt in its present form between 532 and 537. Since then the dome has collapsed several times and the church has been attacked by crusaders.

In 1453 Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror commenced the siege of Constantinople with an army between 80.000 and 200.000 troops and a navy of 320 vessels. This brought and end to the Eastern Roman Empire. Mehmet was amazed at the beauty of Hagia Sophia and immediately converted it into his imperial mosque. It became a model for many later mosques in Istanbul.

In 1934 the Turkish president Kemal Atatürk turned the mosque into a museum. It's still a museum and open for the public to visit.

Beautiful sunset in Los Angeles

Beautiful sunset in Manhattan Beach within Los Angeles. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities that make up the South Bay. This beach is known for its clean, wide, sandy beaches and attracts over 3.8 million visitors annually.

The other two Beach Cities are Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. All three beaches are popular with swimmers and surfers.

Photo by Pedro Szekely - no changes was made to the original photo.

Atlantic Ocean Road

The Atlantic Road is 8,3 kilometres long and was opened in July 1989. It connects several islands with the Norwegian mainland and has become a popular tourist destination.

The road has also become a popular place for the automotive industry to film advertisements. More than ten manufacturers have made television commercials along the route, often depicting the harsh weather. 

Lofoten Luck

Lofoten Islands are located far above the Arctic Circle in Norway. The landscape is diverse and due to the Gulf Stream these islands have a very mild climate. During Summer you can experience the midnight sun, whilst the northern lights will be blazing across the sky from September to mid April.

"July and August will be your best chance of good weather, long, endless days and the islands at their fullest.  Go hike up a mountain at midnight and watch the sun hover over the sea, or sit by a campfire on the beach at 2am under a blue sky.  The endless days of summer can also be a bit surreal and you will quickly lose track of time and days; time becomes of secondary importance."

Visit 68 North if you dream of visiting this amazing place yourself and capturing the atmosphere on photo.

Village in East Greenland

Tasilaaq is one of only two villages on the coast of East Greenland. The remoteness and isolation of East Greenland is often viewed as the outpost of civilization. The village is only accessible with supply ships 6 months a year.

Even though this remote area is rich with tour operators who provide different kinds of adventures suitable for anyone who either seek the thrill of mother nature or a solitary moment in the arctic wilderness.

Colour in white snow

Qaqortoq is the fourth largest town in Greenland with a population of roughly 3200 people. Like all other towns in Greenland, Qaqortoq is not connected to any other place via roads. Hiking trails lead north and west from the town, but terrain vehicles are needed for any motorized transportation.

Dog sledding in Greenland

"This is my first dog sled ride. I’m surprised at how small the sled and dogs are in Ilulissat. Pictures can be deceiving. The simple wooden sled can soar over rocks, and the dogs operate as a team. They growl and fight and lick each other when at rest, but when they begin to pull,they become one. There is little room for rebellion."