Santa Ottoman Hotel
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... the same as we have in Melbourne, but no bank - only ATM's. I wandered around for a while and then after a few shops, found someone who spoke a little bit of English. Finally she understood what I wanted and she opened the register and I got a mixture of 5c and 10c lira coins - enough for the whole class for about 5 TL ! ($2.50 Aus.) Best value present and the lady was so nice to do that for me. I found a $2 lira shop that had super glue, so I ...
... that the building is no longer used as a mosque it is being restored, with the plaster being carefully being removed to once again display the images. The only damage that has ever occurred to the large building throughout its 1800 plus years of existence is that a major earthquake once caused the main dome to collapse. This was obviously restored centuries ago. St Sophia was by far the largest church in the world with its dome being 52m ...
... had not seen that much.
Moreover, I was less brave than these days about exploring foreign cities. Breakfast was fantastic. I cannot remember enjoying black olives so much in my entire life!
Greg and I set off on a marathon walk through the city. We briefly visited the Blue Mosque and Hagua Sofia before betting lost more or less immediately afterwards. We eventually arrived at the Grand Bazaar which was so different in the day time ...
... later that evening, I think it was about 15 km all told on what I had intended to be a leisurely wander.
I had a couple of beers with some people at the hostel and spoke to Kim about the possibility of her coming back out and meeting me in Bucharest. After a bit of a rest, I went out to grab some dinner from the Bufe place near the hostel, but it was already shut, so ended up walking all the way back over the bridge to Sirkeci for an Iskinder kebab from a ...
... have withstood the test of time and been preserved. Inside, at the front of the building, the Mihrab is on the left hand side of the altar. The reason for this is that the altar which is in the centre, faces Jerusalem and is 7 degrees longitude away from Mecca, so The Mihrab is positioned off centre to point the direction to Mecca for prayer. There is a mixture of Christian and Islamic paintings on the ceilings – all equally beautiful. By now it was time for lunch ...