Snapshots from Turkey, 22 July - 1 August 2008

Istanbul

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Izmir, Ephesus

Antalya, Aspendos Konya, Rumi's Tomb Cappadocia

After a train ride from Carbondale to Chicago, we flew first to Rome and then to Istanbul.

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We recovered from our flight with a before-dinner walk along the ancient wall that protected old Istanbul from land attack.

Along the eastern face of the wall are vegetable gardens and a park.  Beyond the wall is our hotel and the densely developed Istanbul peninsula.

 


The wall is constructed from alternating tiers of stone and decorative brick.


There appears to be an inscription formed in the bricks in the upper tier.


In the park by the wall is a modern monument that portrays Istanbul history in tiles.  This overview is dated 1855.

Egyptian obelisk at the Roman Hippodrome

 


Palace scene


Dinner at a restaurant near our hotel.

After dinner we strolled along the waterfront at the Golden Horn and took a ferry ride.


Galata Tower

Bridge across
Golden Horn

Racing ferry boats.
 

July 24 began with a visit to Süleymaniye Mosque with its cemetery and tombs.

The mosque was closed for renovation work, so we strolled around the grounds and adjacent mausoleums.


Emblem of the Ottoman empire
 

The park called Miniaturk displays large scale models of Turkish landmarks.

Here are models of the Blue Mosque (foreground) with Hagia Sophia behind.


Süleymaniye Mosque model


Süleymaniye Mosque model

Süleymaniye Mosque model, mausoleums


Hagia Sophia model


Aspendos Theater model

Sümela Monastry model, near Kemal's hometown of Trabzon

Entry to Blue Mosque, with Egyptian obelisk in the foreground.


Kemal with his sister

 

View of Istanbul looking south across Golden Horn.

Most buildings are built of concrete, with tile roofs.

Minarets identify sites of mosques, spaced so no one needs to walk far to pray in community at a mosque.

Call to prayer sounds from loudspeakers on a minaret at each mosque, each independently. Hence the calls are heard from many distances and directions.


Lunch at Karaköy Güllüoglu


After lunch, visit Jewish Museum of Turkey


Jewish Museum

Mosque at Bosphorus waterfront.

 

Afternoon cruise along Bosphorus.

 

 

In the only "glitch" on the entire trip, our driver lost his vehicle (towed for inappropriate parking) while we were cruising.  This left us free for a spontaneous stroll. 

We hiked uphill through a shady park and discovered a delightful outdoor cafe overlooking the Bosphorus, as evening came on and the lights came out.

The next morning we caught the electric tram as we headed for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.  (Our driver and car were back for evening transportation.)

 

Continue:
  
Home page

Istanbul
  Day 1
  Day 2

  Istanbul, Day 3
 
   Hagia Sophia
    Blue Mosque

Izmir, Ephesus

Antalya, Aspendos Konya, Rumi's Tomb Cappadocia