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Late March I decided to take a 5 days city break to Istanbul. We got a great airline/hotel deal and together with a couple of aviation friends we flew into Istanbul Ataturk International airport via Zurich with Swiss Airlines. We stayed in the friendly and clean place called the Golden Crown Hotel, which is situated close to the Cemberlitas metro station and is located in the Cemberlitas district. (Downtown Istanbul)
We weather was great with lots of sun, cool winds and temperatures around 15 degrees ºC. I found Istanbul a very pleasant and busy place and I didn't feel uncomfortable waking around with my big camera. In fact there were lots of tourists snapping away…despite the early season. All activity happens on the sidewalks: selling, eating, drinking tea and smoking. From the hotel we were able to walk around the downtown area of the city with ease, it took us about 30 minutes to walk to the train station and Eminonu water front, where the ferry boats were located. I can recommend taking a ferry across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of the city, as we did to Uskadur. You can get great photo opportunities from the ferry boat.

As this was my first visit to Istanbul I decided to make walking tour around the city and photograph the street life and the numerous cultural highlights of the bustling city. I started my walk from the hotel towards the Cemberlitas metro station and onwards to the Grand Bazaar. Exiting one of the western entrance doors I walked across to the Beyazit Mosque and turned north towards the Beyazit University campus grounds. I noticed the Süleymaniye Mosque and complex and decided to take a closer look and enter my first grand Mosque. Then I decided to walk and easterly route towards the smaller Spice Bazaar. This area is much more crowed and the bustling streets are filled with local people and numerous street vendors which reminded me of old Istanbul. I briefly stopped my walking tour for some food and Turkish coffee at an outdoor terrace next to the Yeni Mosque. The call to prayer filled air…and soon many people flocked to enter the Mosque. All rested out I continued my walking tour towards the waterfront and caught a ferry boat across the Bosphorus towards Uskudar, the Asian side of the city. I did not much time on the other side so I took the same ferry back. Following the metro line I walked towards the Sultanamet area, where both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophie Mosque reside.

There is a central park with benches and water fountain. It's an excellent place to take pictures but can be very crowded with tourist. Later that evening I visited the Blue Mosque and admired its impressive interior! This area is also a must for night photography, when both Mosque are basking in light and the fountain display colorful water spray. This concludes my little walking tour and below you can view the images I shot that day…..So sit back & enjoy Istanbul in its full grandeur.




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Istanbul city Walk

The Nuruosmaniye Mosque (Turkish: Nuruosmaniye Camii) is an Ottoman mosque located in the Çemberlitaş neighborhood of Fatih central district in Istanbul. It is considered one of the finest examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style. It was built by architects Mustafa Ağa and Simon Kalfa from the order of Sultan Mahmut I and completed by his brother and successor Sultan Osman III. The architects adopted Baroque architectural elements, the mosque is also distinctive with the absence of an ablution fountain (Turkish: şadırvan). Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located near the entrance to the Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar)


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The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning Covered Bazaar) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and half a million visitors daily. The grand bazaar began construction in 1455 and opened in 1461. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry.The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake. Today, the grand bazaar houses two mosques, two hamams, four fountains, and multiple restaurants and cafes. The sprawling complex consists of 12 major buildings and has 22 doors.



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Bazaar Istanbul    Bazaar Istanbul    Bazaar Istanbul   

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Istanbul city Walk


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Istanbul Suleymani Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul. It is the second largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent) "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Sinan Pasha". The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558. The Süleymaniye was ravaged by a fire in 1660 and was restored by Sultan Mehmed IV. Part of the dome collapsed again during the earthquake of 1766. The main dome is 53 meters high and has a diameter of 27.5 meters. At the time it was built, the dome was the highest in the Ottoman Empire, when measured from sea level, but still lower from its base and smaller in diameter than that of Hagia Sophia.



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Istanbul Suleymani Mosque

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Suleymani Mosque Istanbul    Suleymani Mosque Istanbul    Suleymani Mosque Istanbul   

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Istanbul Yeni Camii

The Yeni Camii, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan (Turkish: 'Yeni Cami, Yeni Valide Camii') is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The construction of the mosque first began in 1597. The partially constructed structure fell into ruins and was largely destroyed by a fire in 1660. Later that year, the imperial architect Mustafa Ağa suggested that Valide Turhan Hadice, mother of Sultan Mehmet IV, should complete the project as a work of piety. The mosque was finally finished in 1663, and inaugurated in 1665.



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Istanbul Eminönü

Eminönü is Istanbul's crossroads. Located on the south side of the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, it's a major transportation nexus for trains, trams and buses, and the Eminönü ferry docks are always busy. The Turkish word for dock is iskele(si) (from the Italian scala). Here's the rundown on the docks for Bosphorus cruises and Asian-shore destinations. Frequent ferries cruise across to Üsküdar, the principal Asian suburb, once called Scutari. If you just want to take a short cruise across the Bosphorus, hop aboard, and ride it right back if you like.



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Istanbul Eminönü

Istanbul Eminönü


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Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Aya Sofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520. For almost 500 years the principal mosque of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia served as a model for many other Ottoman mosques, such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque of Istanbul), the Şehzade Mosque, the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque. See also: www.hagiasophia.com



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Istanbul Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction. The mosque was to be built on the site of the palace of the Byzantine emperors, facing the Hagia Sophia (at that time the most venerated mosque in Istanbul) and the hippodrome, a site of great symbolic significance. Construction of the mosque started in August 1609 when the sultan himself came to break the first sod. The opening ceremonies were held in 1617 (although the inscription on the gate of the mosque says 1616). The sultan could now pray in the royal box (hünkâr mahfil). The building was not yet finished in this last year of his reign, as the last accounts were signed by his successor Mustafa I. Known as the Blue Mosque, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the most impressive monuments in the world. See also: www.bluemosque.org/p1.htm



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Istanbul Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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