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... called a man and we were booked at the Sultanahmet hotel (sight unseen; 50 euros). I asked the man on the phone if there would be a window. "It's a hotel, not a prison" he said. Many travelers make Mustafa's a frequent stopping point, and there was Judy, originally from New Zealand and now from Brooklyn, off to Morocco. Judy and Rikki and I got a bus from Eminonu to Santral University where a former electrical power plant has become a museum. ...
... make a reservation to see a Whirling Dervish show that night. The real thing is a religious ceremony so what the average tourist sees is a production but they do try to keep it as close to the actual ceremony as possible. We weren't allowed to take pictures during the show unfortunately because it was in a former hammam (bath) so it was a very cool space. The waiting area was in one domed area and then for the show we moved into the adjoining dome. The seats were all around the ...
Today, we are up relatively early to begin our Istanbul sightseeing for real with the big major sights. But, we got distracted when Erhan said he was headed to his other house where they would be servicing a traditional Turkish breakfast for 20 TL ($10). We decided to give it a try. His org her house with 8 rooms is about a 10 minute walk and is also very old, but not as old as our house! Breakfast was delicious with Turkish sesame bread, the usual cucumbers and tomatoes, ...
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... the Basilica Cistern.The Basilica Cistern is an enormous underground cistern built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527-565). It is 140m in length,70m in width and supported by 336 marble columns 9m high in twelve rows. It has a capacity of 100,000 tons of water storage. Waterproofing is made possible by thick layers of Khorasan mortar .
The Cistern has under gone restoration many times. In 1985-87 50,000 tons of mud was taken ...