National Geographic : 1928 Dec
WHERE EAST MEETS WEST: CONSTANTINOPLE FROM THEAIR At the left is the line of the Hippodrome, axis of Byzantine life, marked by three columns: the Built Column tothesouth (left); theSerpent Column, its base on a former level some 12 feet below the surface and its top reaching only a few feetabove thepresent level oftheground, and the Obelisk of Theodosius at the right. Against the upper edge of the picture are the slopes of Pera and Galata, theforeign and residential sections ofthe city. Near the center is the fine mosque of the Sultan Ahmed, with six minarets. Constantinople's most famous monument, Sancta Sophia, liesbeyond, and the smaller dome of St. Irene is not entirely obscured. Still farther on are the two spires over theMiddle Gate oftheSeraglio.