Santa Sophia Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... and a family from India. All of the monuments were simple and not overbearing like some shrines can be. The cemetery's were peaceful and informative. I'm not going to talk to much about the brave and courageous soldiers from either side but I will say this, the Turkish people don't go around slamming Australians, British, French etc for the battle of Gallipoli. They are fair, just and tolerant. The Turkish people that ...
... the world's grandest cathedral when it was built in 537 CE ( it was converted into a mosque in the 16th century). The last stop of the day was Topaki Palace, the former home of Turkey's Sultans, whose treasures include priceless paintings, jewel-encrusted swords and delicate porcelains. This was a lot to cover in one day due to the crowds...and remember most of the locals are not out due to Ramandan so I can only imagine how crowded it would be otherwise. There was also the gay ...
... a church for close to a millennium. In 1453 the Ottomans converted it to a mosque, covering up or removing Christian elements. In 1934 it became a museum and restoration work has uncovered some beautiful Christian mosaics. You now see both Christian and Islamic symbols.
Back to the hotel for a break and then meeting up with John and Diane to do the guided walk for the Old Town from Rick Steves' Guidebook. Sue, Janet and Ron are off to ...
... quite a lot of walking. Ironically, having picked a 10 bed dorm to try and meet people, I had been the only person in the room. I was joined in the room eventually, by a guy from Germany and we were soon having a couple of bottles of Efes in the hostel bar.
Later, I met Faraz, Ola and some of Ola's friends by Osmanbey metro station and we went to a cafe that specialised in Mandi, a Turkish dumpling that came served with a big pile of yoghurt and some ...
... architecture. Although I've been here two times already I guess coming up thru the Balkans and looking at all the Turkish Mosques I had a new perspective seeing them in their heartland.
They seem to be more restored and in better condition than my last visits, though some of the smaller ones are still run down. I guess with so many they have ...