ISTANBUL IMAGES: GOODBYE, ISTANBUL

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DEC13. Istanbul, Turkey.

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ISTANBUL IMAGES: BLUE MOSQUE

Actual name is Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It’s called Blue Mosque because of its interior panels, but I didn’t get inside because it was prayer time. The outside is awe-inspiring in itself. Built from 1609-1616.

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11DEC13. Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL IMAGES: A WALK AROUND ISTIKLAL CABBESI

“On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.” – Atatürk

I started the day by stopping by Starbucks to pick up a gingerbread latte to warm me up as I walked. My name is Jackie. They didn’t hear it that way. I walked up and down Istiklal Cabbesi and through the back streets. I stopped by the Galata Tower, Taksim Square, and the St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral. Lots of images jumped out at me. Here they are:

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12DEC13. Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL IMAGES: TOPKAPI PALACE

In Ottoman Turkish, “Topkapi Saray.” Home to Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. Construction began in 1459. As many as 4,000 people could have resided in this complex. For me, the harem was the coolest part; the place where the eunuchs, the Queen mother, and the King’s & Prince’s concubines, lived and hung out.

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11DEC13. Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL IMAGES: HAGIA SOPHIA

In Turkish, “AyaSophia.” Construction began in 537 A.D. That’s a lot of years in existence, folks. It’s currently undergoing restoration, but you can still go inside and all around. I refuse to take pictures of scaffolds, so I had to do a lot of creative posturing to try to get in all of its past influences. Started as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, then went to Roman Orthodox, then back to Eastern, before becoming an Imperial Mosque until 1931. Then in 1935 up until the present, it’s been a museum.

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11DEC13. Istanbul, Turkey.