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... domes. Photos definitely so not do justice.
A short walk then to Hagia Sofia, another mosque with four minarets is large enough to enclose Paris' Notre dame cathedral or the Statue of Liberty ( without the torch).. Hard to imagine...but it's massive. Byzantine style and adorned inside with marble pillars from ancient Ephesus. It is now a museum and a UNESCO heritage site.
Underneath Istanbul are the underground cisterns where the towns water ...
It's taken us a couple of days to get a feel for this place. It's quite different to Greece and anywhere else I expect. We've weaved through the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar and after a couple of false starts we eventually found the Topkapi Palace which was the palace of the sultans in days gone by. It cost 40TL each to go in. We found our own way around, bypassing ...
... is also an unusual feature, a raised and screened area at the front corner of the mosque where the Sultan could come to pray unobserved.
But the mosaics are what stand out here. Not many are complete, but the many very small tiles that were used to complete the pictures are brilliant and must have taken ages to execute. ...
Istanbul, Turkey 12/21/2012-12/24/2012
This is the first leg of our trip. We will be hitting 3 continents in our trip. When we first arrived in Istanbul Atatürk International Airport, we checked into our hotel. The hotel shuttle ride there was extremely expensive= 48USD but it eventually got us to our location. I booked this hotel for its location around the major tourist attractions in the old city. After checking into the Artefes Hotel, ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking