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•Topkapi Palace was our destination today,we walked there knowing it was behind the Museum we were at yesterday .Passing Hagia Irena we went in to see it because it was included in the Museum Pass we had bought ,it is just inside the outer Topkapo Palace wall.The original church on this site was built by Constantine.The church we saw was …
... a good view and allowed easy picture taking. The ride lasted about 90 minutes and we crossed from the Asian side to the European side after travelling along each. There were many houses costing millions due to their prime positions. As the mosque was used for prayers during the middle of the day, we next went to a carpet selling store in place of the usual trip to the bazaar. We were given a choice of drinks - apple tea, Turkish ...
... And it's Istanbul, Constantinople ..." But it's so catchy! Emily wears ear plugs.) Constantinople became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire as, in 400AD, Rome fell. And it wasn't until 1453, when the Ottomans invaded, that it became the Ottoman Empire. The Romans had strung a HUGE chain across the Bosphorous, right near the bridge where we had dinner last night, that stopped all ships from entering the Golden Horn. Menet, the Conqueror moved all his ships over land, ...
... around the block before we eventually parked in a car park close by and investigated on foot. We had arranged to meet the owner at 12 o clock, we rang him but he said he would be an hour!! We stood outside and noticed there was a chap coming out if the building and going into a tourist office next door, we asked him if he new the owner, and explained our situation, he invited us into the office and proceeded to book us in, it would have helped if we had been ...
... all barefoot and standing on carpets which they had spread on the stone floor of the bazaar. They were praying in the middle of the Grand Bazaar ...... alongside tourists, shoppers and diners, self absorbed in their private world. This went on for about 20 minutes, then it was all over. Carpets/prayer mats were rolled up, shoes slipped back on and everyone dissipated in seconds. It was as if it never happened. Pam and I thought that these were Bazaar shopkeepers/employees ...