Istanbul

Day 10 – Istanbul

Istanbul

Monday, November 3, 2014

This morning we docked on the European side of Istanbul formally known as Constantinople. This is one of the oldest great cities of the world, formally a part of the Roman empire, capital of the Byzantine Empire. We first saw the Hagia Sophia, one of the largest orthodox cathedral with a very expansive dome. It became a mosque durning the Ottoman Turk control and is now a museum. Some of the Christian frescos are being restored aft being plastered over when it was a mosque. We we next able to go into the Blue Mosque between prayer periods. It is called blue because of the blue tiles on the inside. I was unable to capture the vastness, scale, and beauty of either one of these in photos. After lunch we had a short visit to the Topkapi Palace, the royal residence of the Ottoman sultans, now a museum. The exhibit rooms are rather dark. Lastly we had an hour for shopping in the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest markets in the world with 61 covered streets and 3-5,000 shops. You could easily get lost in there which we almost did, even staying on a main street.

Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Dome of Hagia Sophia
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Blue Mosque
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Dome of Blue Mosque
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Topkapi Palace
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Grand Bazaar
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