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... Boy, were we wrong. The Bazaar has 22 gates, covers 64 streets, and includes 4000 shops selling gold, silver, and other luxury items. It has always been a high end shopping mall going back to the days of the Silk Road. Finally, as the sun was heading down, we floated down the Bosporus between Asia and Europe, admiring the new developments and old Ottoman palaces.
Tonight we bade farewell to Fran who is returning to the States tomorrow ...
... see for yourself. From the mosque we visited Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. They weren't kidding when they labeled the Bazaar "Grand". This place was massive. I felt like I had been plucked from reality and dropped straight on to a movie set. Little alleys with domed ceilings scattered in every direction. Many of the ceilings and supporting arches were elaborately decorated with colorful tiles and painted symbols and patterns. It's hard to comprehend ...
... the supporting columns are all lit from the base to support the vaulted ceiling. Two of the columns have Medusa heads; one upside down and the other horizontal. The theory goes they were carved in this way to prevent anyone from looking at the heads to turn to stone, but they are not sure why they are there in the first place. There is also a column which is carved with many ‘eye of the peacock’. This column is one of a kind.
... to Jesus and Mary.
Our next stop was the Rustem Pasha Mosque which is a functioning mosque. There are approximately 4000 mosques in the city of Istanbul.The Rüstem Pasha Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha (husband of one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah). Rüstem Pasha died in July 1561 and the mosque was built after his death from around 1561 until 1563. The Mosque is ...
... stumbled upon the spice market where you could buy any spice, olive, cheese, meat product imagined. Fantastic smells and sights. The next day we planned a busy tourist sightseeing day. After our free roof top breakfast we headed out to our first stop which was a 30min walk up to the area which holds Hagia Sophia, blue mosque and the Basilica cistern. We walked into the blue mosque courtyard where we were faced with a huge line in the sun. Committed, we decided to line up. ...