Snapshots from Turkey, 22 July - 1 August 2008

Istanbul, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque

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Istanbul
  Day 1
  Day 2

  Istanbul, Day 3
 
  Hagia Sophia
    Blue Mosque

Izmir, Ephesus

Antalya, Aspendos Konya, Rumi's Tomb Cappadocia

Hagia Sophia

Face to face, this edifice is as imposing as a small mountain rather than just a large building.

 


Model of Hagia Sophia
at Miniaturk
.


Our guide at Hagia Sophia.

Mosaic inside Hagia Sophia

The gold color is real gold.

 

Tilework and mosaics in harem, Topkapi Palace.

Topkapi includes several museums, of sacred relics (such as the sword of King David) and treasure.  But photographs were not permitted in the museums.

View of Bosphorus from balcony at Topkapi:

Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

While in this region of Istanbul, we also visited the underground Basilica Cistern, the ancient water-storage facility for the old city.

 


Courtyard of Blue Mosque

Dome of Blue Mosque

Column supporting dome in Blue Mosque

Gateway into courtyard of Blue Mosque

Fruit market in Istanbul shopping district.


Candy shop


Second-floor cafe


Kemal's sister and her husband, at their apartment

View from hilltop on Asian Istanbul, across Bosphorus toward European Istanbul, north of Golden Horn.


Meeting with our BAKIAD sponsors

At the Grand Bazaar
Continue:
  
Home page

Istanbul
  Day 1
  Day 2

  Istanbul, Day 3
 
   Hagia Sophia
    Blue Mosque

Izmir, Ephesus

Antalya, Aspendos Konya, Rumi's Tomb Cappadocia