Photographer's Note

These are the stairs leading from the narthex of Hagia Irene to its balcony, which was closed to visitors due to renovation work that was [not] going on.

"It is reputed that Hagia Irene stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple. It ranks as the first church completed in Constantinople, before Hagia Sophia, during the city's transfiguration from a Greek trading colony to the eastern capital of the Roman Empire. According to later tradition, the Roman emperor Constantine I commissioned the first Hagia Irene church in the 4th century, which was completed by the end of his reign (337). It served as the church of the Patriarchate before Hagia Sophia was completed in 360. During the Nika revolt in 532, Hagia Irene was burned down. Emperor Justinian I had the church rebuilt in 548. It was then damaged again by the 740 Constantinople earthquake on October 20, 740. The Emperor Constantine V ordered the restorations and had its interior decorated with mosaics and frescoes. Some restorations from this time have survived to the present." (Gleaned from Wikipedia)

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 22.5 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/6
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 4855/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-26 09:14
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 1180 kb
GPS: 41.009824297470345, 28.980903575092885

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