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Travel Blogs from Edirne
... at 8.30 then we headed off for our last day in Istanbul. Our first stop was the basilica cistern which was built in 532 AD! Like 1500 years ago! It is one of the few architectural examples that have survived to the present day. It is a massive underground marble chamber with 336 marble columns/pillars. The columns are arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns. It is 140m long and 79m wide. There is about a meter of water on ...
... the sultan hostel, the same hostel I stayed in when I first came to Istanbul. Felt like I was just here! For some reason our rooms were all muddled so some of us ended up sharing rooms with ransoms which was a but weird but they were nice enough. We chucked our bags down n met for an orientation walk of Istanbul. We walked past the blue mosque, a very impressive building, the Ayer Sophia ( an old church that is ...
... were recorded in the passport on to the 4th checkpoint!
Finally they were happy and we were through. Immediately it felt like another country. What a difference. There were mosques everywhere and old bridges and so much historical ruins. This city was the old Turkey capital and apparently the most fought over piece of land in history of the world. Right where East meets West. The city is beautiful. We parked up and walked around all the giant mosques. ...
... the outer courtyard was large and impressive. I especially liked the light blue tiles with the Koran verses. There were lots of painted domes and arches to admire as well. Inside was huge – the floor was mostly empty and covered with a huge new rug. The walls were plain but the arches and domes were painted in bright colors or in religious art. The overall effect was airy and full of light.
By the time we left it had started to ...
... including the “old Mosque” completed in 1414, and the “three balcony mosque”. What we hadn’t expected was that the mosques are very much people places, with markets, cafes (and public Wcs!) to be found in the vicinity of each one. We did go into the Selimiye mosque (being careful to take off our shoes) for a look around… a really huge space, with carpet marked out into rectangular prayer spaces facing to the east, of course. There was ...
Other places to stay in Edirne
Maarif Street No 13 Kaleici, Edirne | Hotelfrom $60
Talatpasa AsfaltI No 104, Edirne | Hotelfrom $78
Selimiye Camii Arkasi Hamam Sok. 3, Edirne | Hotelfrom $117
D100 Karayolu Edirne Merkez, Edirne | Hotelfrom $116
Maarif Cad No 2 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $55
Talat Pasa Asfalti No 42 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $56
Maarif Cad. Bankalar Sok. No 6 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $77