Detail of the Sultanahmet Mosque, or Blue Mosque, in Istanbul.
A lighthouse and nearby buildings keep watch over an inlet in Langesund.
Just an uninhabited house by the side of the road in West Virginia.
Entrance to a Lutheran church in Skien, Norway.
An Assyrian Orthodox priest walks through the courtyard of his church in Mardin, southeast Turkey.
A car parked on a sloping cobblestone street in front of a mosque in Ankara’s old district.
Safranbolu is a city in the northern part of Turkey’s Anatolian region, getting up close to the mountain ranges near the Black Sea. Safranbolu is named after the saffron flowers that grow there, but today it is mostly known for its early 19th-century Ottoman houses that led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The main entry of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the south end of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
This door in the village of Yörük, near Safranbolu, Turkey, seems to hark back to a simpler time, when wood shutters gave character to Ottoman houses and the street was apparently three feet lower than it is now. That entrance today seems a little more interesting than functional. Although I suppose it probably helps deter burglars.
The village of Livissi entered the 20th century with a population of 2000, almost all of them Greek Orthodox Christians. However, the events leading to the wholesale population exchange of ethnic Greeks and Turks between the two countries’ mainlands completely emptied the village by 1922. Now known as Kayaköy (“Rock Village” in Turkish), it is a vacant ghost town attracting occasional tourists near Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
This picture was taken inside the sanctuary of the “Lower Church,” one of two cathedrals built in the village in the late 1800s.