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... a cathedral, mosque and now a museum. When it was first constructed, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
Following some argy bargy in the wake of an uprising, and on the site of a torched church that had been called the Hagia Sophia, a new Hagia Sophia was built. To the ancient writer who lived when the cathedral was completed, the building represented a triumph. The Hagia Sophia was built in great haste, in less than six years. In comparison it ...
... when working out the width and the proportions of domes.
While he was fully occupied with the construction of the Süleymaniye, Sinan (or better the subordinates of his office under his supervision) drew the plans and gave definite instructions for many other constructions. However, it is highly improbable that he supervised the construction of any of the provincial assignments .
In 1561, when Rüstem Pasha died, Sinan began the construction of the Rüstem Pasha ...
... to, luckily all in walking distance from one another. As we were walking to the Blue Mosque we were stopped by a friendly local man who informed us that the mosque would be closed for the next 2 hours for prayer time. Conveniently ;) he also happened to work at a travel agency and talked us into coming by his shop to plan out the rest of our time in Turkey. We ended up chatting with one of his colleagues for over an hour sorting out ...
... So I left them and went to the Basilica Cistern. It's an underground cave like structure, with water and fishes and orange lights and upside-down medusa statues. Pretty cool. Then I was going to go to the Topkapi Palace but when I got there the line was sooooo long. So I walked in the gardens instead and ran into Yasmin and we decided to walk and chat and then get some lunch. Although my 3pm-ish I was getting anxious to check my email again to see if any schools had contacted ...
... t quite get the concept of queues! For all the hype I didn't think very highly of it.. just an empty stone structure. Well, I've admitted to being a heathen before! There was a very friendly cat who had learned to pose for pics.. not that cats are really what we went in to see :-)
The heat was getting to us.. 33 degrees and 90% humidity was too much... we boarded the Hop on Hop Off bus without the hop on hop off facility :-) Taking the bus through the Europe side ...
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Vi?nezade, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $188
- Wonderful Hotel in a wonderful city
- Best in Istanbul
- Great Choice
Gümüssuyu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $189
- Fantastic views from the top floor! :)
- Splendid as always
- A great choice for a luxurious Istanbul base
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $239
- Just great...
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Beyoglu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $250
- Great spot in Istanbul
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Küçükçekmece, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $109
Esentepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
Fatih, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
- Mix feelings
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Cihannuma, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $183
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Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $143
Harbiye Ergenekon, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $169
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Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $139
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $85
Halkal? Merkez, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $70
Ümraniye, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $120
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $118
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $111
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $288
- 5 star experience
- Room for improvement.
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $136
Yildiz, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $546
- The best hotel I have ever stayed at!
- Stunning view but very expensive
Fatih, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $132
- No problems!
- Very good location
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Asmali Mescit, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $140
Zeytinburnu, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $116
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $148
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Sariyer, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $103