A view of the herb garden in the main courtyard.
In the oldest part of Amsterdam across the water from the Central Station is the St Nicolas Church.
Hindu temple compound of the 9th century near Yogyakarta in central Java. Nothing to do with coffee 🙂
Some photo’s of the preparations going on for Buddha’s birthday on 17 May at the Jogyesa Tempel in Seoul.
Actually the Koreans call it the festival for the return of Buddha, not quite the same thing..
The colourful thingies are little individual lanterns. It must be really impressive when they are lit.
I don’t know the deal with the little papers, in Japan I thought it was ‘n Shinto thing and that they are like little prayer requests, perhaps it is the same thing here.
Some sort of dress rehearsal was going on, – I hope 🙂
And at least one of the temple itself.
Sultan Ahmed couldn’t resist the temptation to build his own mosque in direct competition with the Hagia Sophia. So the Blue Mosque is fated to stand forever opposite its inspiration.
I didn’t realise that the design for most mosques was inspired by an antique Christian church, but there you have it.
I don’t know what they were thinking with those lights.
The courtyard is quite busy..
And outside on the steps, the common people of Istanbul..
The view from the Hagia Sophia.