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... the world. So after surveying the treasures of the Ottoman Empire we headed off on the next stop of our whirlwind touring day, the Hagia Sophia.
The Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox Church from the Byzantine era that was later converted to a mosque in 1453 with the Ottoman’s conquering of Turkey. The Hagia Sophia is famous for its architecture as well as the interesting juxtaposition of Islamic and Christian artifacts and art work. Some of the ...
... culture and fun to be had there, the itinerary I followed would be perfect for school groups travelling abroad, the hotel was of great quality but may be a bit expensive for those wanting to save money, the activities and tours where spectacular as you got to see every inch of culture and ancient architecture, the Gallipoli tour would especially stand out to Australian Student groups as the event is held closely to many people's ...
... through the side gate to the Hippodrome. What is that you might ask. No, it is not a building for hippopotimus. It was a paved outdoor stadium to running charriot races, or having jousting duels etc. There was a talk obilisque at one end (which at one time was gold coated) indicating the end of the course, another very large marble obilisque in the middle, made by the Romans and shipped to Istanbul, made of solid marble (40 tonnes of it). ...
In the gray light of early morning, I was jolted out of sleep by the sound of murder. Ah! Ah! Ahhhhhh!! After 10 seconds, my sleep fuddled brain realized it was just a gull. I prefer the East Coast's laughing gull to Istanbul's screaming one.
I managed to fall asleep again, and woke to a beautiful sunny day. Today my mission was to find some nice silk scarves. I thought I remembered a street on the northwest side of the Grand Bazaar where the ...
... after the First World War. Like the Turks, the Greeks experienced a similar influence from the Ottoman culture. However in Turkey there was a great influence of European polyphonic art music in the new republic, there was strong emphasis to try and preserve the Turkish feature in music. The Greek popular music has consulted much of Greek literature as opposed to Turk and folksongs. According ...