There is no city in the world with more mosques than Istanbul. In both old and new Istanbul, there are minarets wherever you turn your eye.
One evening I was on the viewing platform of the Galata Tower, just before it closes at sunset, when the guard told everyone it was time to go. He then started to lead everyone else away. The sun had just disappeared and the lights of the many buildings had turned on.
This was the moment I had been waiting for, so I decided to push my luck and ignore his request.
In the distance, I saw an old mosque surrounded by ugly concrete, like an old monument overgrown by weeds and bushes.
I could only see the upper part of the mosque but that just made the picture more perfect.
It showed that mosques were built to impress, to rise above the rest of the city, a role which nowadays has been stolen from them by modern high-rise buildings.
I needed 15 more minutes for the light of the sky to become darker and balance the light of the mosque. “If the guard wants me to come down, he has to come and get me,” I decided.
When I eventually took the picture and went back inside to take the lift down, the guard was waiting for me.
He just smiled when I greeted him. I realized he must have known I would not come down but decided not to bother me. So I want to dedicate this photo to him and his kindness.
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