Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Arrived safely-what a haul. Aircraft is most impressive, but too many hours in flight.
Managed the metro in and shopped for breakfast already. Strawberries are beautiful.
Ready to stay put the week and spend a lot of time walking!
Already getting to know locality. Notice lots of smokers, and lots of street cats!
We will get the camera out ...
... here until his death in 1481. Subsequent sultans lived in this rarefied environment until the 19th century, when they moved to ostentatious European-style palaces such as Dolmabahçe, Çırağan and Yıldız that they built on the shores of the Bosphorus. Mahmut II was the last sultan to live in Topkapı.
As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction ...
... were begging from their mother’s laps. Just as I was processing all of this, Sultanàmet erupted in sound with the voice of a man calling worshipers to prayer. I listened in awe to the echo rippling back off the calm waters of the Bosporus, and headed straight for the famous mosque.
I got distracted along the way however by a group of people entering some kind of underground passage. Intrigued, I wandered over and had a peek inside. Whatever it was, they were charging ...