Hi and welcome!
I had a great trip to London and Istanbul over Easter. The main reason for going was work, but I made sure I had some time to take photos!
This week’s posting is dedicated to Istanbul, one of the most beautiful and compelling cities I have been to.
Enjoy the photos. In two weeks I’ll post some shots of London.
Breakfast in Istanbul
Taxim Square Independence Monument
Gateway to St Antony of Padova Catholic Church
(Italian architecture in Istanbul)
Istanbul's characteristic buildings
The Bosphorous. Istanbul's waterways combined
with the beauty of the cityscape create stunning
The fountain, boats and Eminönü Mosque
Yeni Cami, (The New Mosque) Eminönü. Ottoman
mosque built in the 1600s (not so new!)
Inside the courtyard of Yeni Cami
Inside the Yeni Cami Mosque
Market street near the Yeni Cami Mosque
A pretty mosque near the Bosphorous
Famous as The Blue Mosque, Sultan Ahmed Mosque
is one of only two mosques in Istanbul that has six
The Blue Mosque is set in beautiful gardens
Inside the courtyard of the Blue Mosque
Domes and golden spires
The magnificent interior of the Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia stands opposite the Blue Mosque
(see also top picture). It is famous for it's huge
dome. It was an Eastern Orthodox Christian
Basilica for 1000 years, then a mosque.
It is now a museum.
Another grand mosque Süleymaniye Mosque
When I was much younger and saw photos
like this of Istanbul, I would dream of going there.
When I finally got there in 2006 and then again
this year, I wasn't disappointed
Minaret at night
Photo taken from the Unkapi bridge
Of course you have to do some shopping!
One of the entrances to the Grand Bazaar
Inside the Grand Bazaar. Very colourful!