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.
“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: