Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia
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... left you up there for two minutes and finally it dropped you after you have gone crazy with anticipation. After the amusement park, we went to go see a movie called the Maze Runner. The movie plot is pretty unclear but it's basically about teenagers and they need to find a way out of a place that they were kind of trapped in. Every day they go out looking in the maze to try and escape.
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... to the rooftop terrace where a traditional Turkish breakfast, with a great variety of sweet and savoury items, was laid out for us - and our fellow guests in the other seven rooms. We then decided to head out and explore the immediate area on foot. Despite the previous night's impression, the place really wasn't remote after all. Immediately across the road from us, only about 20m away, was part of the wall of the famous Topkapi Palace, which ...
... the stained glass windows were not as gaudy as I'd seen in many churches. I had a look around, past the woman shunned to prey in the corner behind a screen whilst the men had the whole big front room to spread out in. It's moments like these that make me thankful I'm not a Muslim woman. I would have surely been stoned to death by now.
The Blue Mosque completed my day of sightseeing and I rushed back to the ferry docks to make the 3:30pm ferry back to ...
... where pictures do not do it justice. Final stop was the Basilica Cistern. This was built in the sixth century A.D. to store water for the growing city's. It has a 27 million gallon capacity and covers an area about the size of 2 football fields. It also occasional hosts concerts. This was another site that has to be seen to get the full effect. It is huge and there are fish in the water. Tomorrow another day of exploring the sites and ...
... that some this was there before it became a mosque. Near the front of the Hagia Sophia you can see the symbols for Allah (God) and Muhammad. Oscar explained that many Christian symbols were covered and painted over when it became a Mosque, however many other things still remain.
The church is facing east toward the sunrise, now towards Mecca.
It was great to see the transformation and the incorporation of the two different faiths ...