Istabul, its great

29 07 2009

Well, we made it. Istanbul. City on two continents.

We’ve been here a few days so far, and have begun our Intrepid adventure. More on that later. First just some pics of Istanbul.

The Blue Mosque with cat

Istanbul's Blue Mosque

2 of Turkeys most famous things, Turkish coffee and Baklava. Both excellent and well worth making a trip to Istanbul to enjoy.

Coffee and Baclava

Another of Turkeys famous things, doner kebabs (actually chicken in this case).

Lunch, delicious.

And of course the most famous church/mosque at least in this country. One of the biggest around, currently the 4th biggest in the world, and its almost 1500 years old!

Hagia Sophia Exterior

Notice the varied artworks. Some christian which were covered up during conversion to a Mosque, and the obvious arabic writings on the round shields.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia ceiling

Hagia Sophia Interior

It all used to be lit with candles and oil lamps, now all electric of course.

Chandeliers, light and ceiling

In some cases the christian decorations and mosaics have been uncovered, after they were covered in plaster to hide them.

Recovered Cross

This is the Mimber, the equivalent of the pulpit in a christian church.

The Mimber, Hagia Sophia

On the way out are these stunning mosaics and wall paintings

Hagia Sophia ceilings

One more pic, this time of the safest street I’ve ever seen (sorry, I had to say it)

A very safe street

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