Ortakoy Princess Hotel
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... by white eunuchs. Inside is the Audience Chamber , constructed in the 16th century but refurbished in the 18th century. Important officials and foreign ambassadors were brought to this little kiosk to conduct the high business of state. The sultan, seated on a huge divan, inspected the ambassadors' gifts and offerings as they were passed through the doorway on On the other side of the Third Court are the Sacred Safekeeping Rooms . These rooms, sumptuously decorated ...
... a mosque. There was a fresco of the Virgin Mary & Child above where I guessed the main altar used to be, and on the first floor (where there were viewing galleries) there were very intricate and colourful mosaic frescoes of Jesus and the saints. We also really liked other objects of interest sprinkled around; these included a huge marble jar which was used for storing water and sherbet, graffiti left by the Viking soldiers in the Imperial Guard in Constantinople and ...
... a bit upsetting, Istanbul is
such an incredible place…I will be back. The last day we headed to see some of
the sites after we had our last breakfast at The Heirloom. We went to The Blue
Mosque but because we were not properly dressed and didn’t want to be
disrespectful, we decided not to enter it. We looked around then headed back to
clean our dorm and recharge our batteries before our long journey to Santorini
which would involve an overnight stay ...
... the majority of the US population heavily identifies with some brand of Christianity, most modern Turks are at least nominally Sunni Muslims.
The vigor of their individual beliefs and practices varies widely. And some regional populations are more replete with strict adherents than others. But Turkey has long touted its commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism. Thus, they have no difficulty welcoming guests from all over the big, round world.
... for one of my courses, so I was primarily interested in seeing the original parts of the fortress, but the Ottoman additions are actually really interesting, as the whole complex was constructed in the shape of a star, with towers at each point. Additionally, there are stunning views of the Sea of Marmara and the Theodosian land walls from the 5th century from the top of the ramparts. There are also stunning views, sounds, and smells of ...