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TravelPod Member ReviewsCelay Hotel Ovacik
2nd may 2014
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Just 30 miles east of Istanbul, on the North Shore of Marmara is the district of Gebez. I took a day trip, about an hour drive out there to see the Osman Hamdi Bey Museum. Osman Hamdi Bey was an Ottoman administrator, intellectual, art expert and also a prominent and pioneering painter. Osman Hamdi Bey actually lived in this house for 26 years in Gebze now it ...
We started our walking tour altogether around 10am and went to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque - as named by tourists because of the blue tiles). It was an innovative design in its time. The architect worked with a series of domes and semi-domes which enabled the mosque to be built with less columns, allowing for more open spaces. The Sultan wanted a grand mosque but didn't want to be disrespectful and ...
... large tile piece, approximately 12 square wide and 15 squares tall that was going to Hamburg.
From there a walk along a street with many wooden houses, some under renovation and other very much in need of renovation.
Walked to the Dönenıer Camii (mosque) which was used by the Mevlevi dervish group (Whirling Dervish).
Back to the hotel, then out for our last dinner with Liz and Doug as they head back to Istanbul and Sue and I head south to Antalya in the ...
Today we decided to visit all the small museums in the old part of town as they would be closed tomorrow. Our first stop was Tile and Ceramic Museum in a building that was the soup kitchen of a complex built by the last ruler of the Germiyan Principality next to the Great Mosque. Making ceramics started five thousand years ago in this area. The ceramics on display were beautiful with very intricate designs.
Also next to the Great Mosque is the ...
... On our way down to our hotel we found a geology museum which is housed in an old Hamami. The building was beautiful, some of the artifacts from the Hamam still in place. In the museum there was an interesting display of the process of making china dishes from porcelain - from the stone to the beautiful finished dishes of Kütahya Porcelain. Too bad all the signs were in Turkish. The building had great acoustics, Liz and Doug were singing and it sounded ...