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... Muslim prophets were installed. Out of respect for the Christian people, the icons were not destroyed, but simply covered over with plaster. Many of them have been restored or partially restored. Some are beautiful mosaics. These can be seen, some with partial restoration, throughout the building.
Our visit was brief and the building was crowded, but it was well worth ...
Situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Istanbul offers a fascinating blend of east and west.
Your guided morning tour includes visits to St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century. You'll also delight in a visit to the Spice Market, the exotic food market ...
... things together made me feel very mellow. I had played backgammon in the past but not for a very long time. Whenever I think of the game I think of older Turkish men sitting on wicker chairs in the shade playing the game. However in this cafe everyone was at it. I thought it was cool that such a cafe centred on backgammon could exist. Anyway Koray lost against Barlas and the tradition in Turkey when you lose is that you have to carry the board with you.
One thing that ...
... Built c.550) which stored the city's water centuries ago. This is a wonderful sight and feat of engineering, 140m x 70m x 9 m high, 336 marble columns, well lit, a cool oasis on a hot day with carp in the shallow water.
In the afternoon we had free time to visit the Grand Bazaar, which, to be frank, we found disappointing. Sure, it is enormous and colourful, but we rapidly tired of shops offering gold/silver, carpets, ...
... br> - Listened to the Muslim prayer call resound through the city five times a day.
- Saw a fisherman accidentally catch a seagull on the Galata Bridge.
- Experienced classic turkish hospitality from my friend Ersagun.
- Got a 360 degree tour of Istanbul from the Galata tower, courtesy of my friend Ersagun and his classic Turkish hospitality.
- Was overloaded with history in the Istanbul Archeology ...