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... reign. Minarets and domes have been added however the internal decoration of various biblical depictions in both plaster and paint are preserved and although we were obstructed some by scaffolding being used in the restoration we still had an opportunity to appreciate the space in all its grandeur.
Back into the sunshine of the Hippodrome we once again set out to locate the the Basilica Cistern, this proved to be somewhat easier with clearer heads as it sits only about ...
... It received the name "Topkapı" (Cannon Gate in the 19th century, after a (now lost) gate and shore pavilion. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. After the 17th century, the Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the sultans preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosphorus. In 1856, Sultan Abdül Mecid I decided to move the court to the newly built ...
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Bus to Xanthi (Greece), TL 146 for two people.
Transit rides in Istanbul are flat fare, just over TL 2 for tram, bus, metro and many ferries (not car ferries). You need a transit card, TL 3.50 non-refundable, which you can top up at corner shops.
There are several good tourist information offices, one at the Eminonu tram stop near the Galata Bridge.
... the mighty Ottoman Empire is ascending. The great sultan renames Constantinople to Istanbul (more or less based on some road signs the Greeks left lying around), and Justinian’s church is now considered offensive. The sultan sees value in the building, so he simply converts it to a mosque by adding minarets on the outside and plastering over the Christian frescoes inside. Today, Ayasofia is a museum and some of the Christian artwork has been ...
... poor fellows did not fare well as the holes in the helmets showed.
It was amazing to see the gigantic chain that was put across the Golden Horn in an effort to keep the Turks from sailing in. The diorama showed how the Turks just took their boats overland behind the city walls !
The band's performance was heart stopping. We watched a video on the band's history first, shown on one of the walls. Then the wall ...