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  • Day3

    Die Blaue Moschee

    June 15, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Der heutige Tag begann bei knackigen Temperaturen und Sonnenschein an der Blauen Moschee. Wir sind natürlich auch reingegangen und haben interessante Einblicke in den islamischen Glauben gewinnen können. Sehr spannend für uns Europäer! Auch von außen lassen sich die Begegnungsstätten echt sehen.Read more

  • Oct18

    Hagia Sophia

    October 18, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    3rd stop of the day. “It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.”

    Built in AD 537 at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it was famous in particular for its massive dome. It was the world's largest building and an engineering marvel of its time. It is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture[1] and is said to have "changed the history of architecture".
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  • Oct18

    Basilica Cistern

    October 18, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    4th stop of the Day - Incredible underground cisterns in the southwest part of the Hagia Sophia. Over 325 columns, delivered via aquaduct from reservoirs. Built in the 6th Century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, Approx 453’ x 212’, it holds up to 2,800,000 cu feet of water.Read more

  • Oct19

    Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque

    October 19, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Our first two stops of the day. We were fortunate that we were able to actually enter the mosque. Unfortunately the ceilings are covered as they seek to renovate but was still nice to be allowed entrance ( with shoes off).

    A bit foggy this early in the A.M. so a bit difficult for pics outside. Left the mosque at 9:30 and are headed towards Gallipoli

    Very interesting conversation on the bus about employment, health care, education. Taping it with my phone

    No social safety net here. Unemployment as high as 15%. If you don’t have a job, tough. Better hope your friends and family take care of you. No unemployment benefits, no food stamps. Ouch. Does inspire one to find something and not be picky about it
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  • Day245


    June 12, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ 🌫 23 °C

    Heute steht ein Besuch der Hagia Sophia und der Blauen Moschee auf dem Programm. Letztere ist allerdings gerade eine Großbaustelle und wir können ihre Pracht im Inneren leider nur erahnen.

  • Day4

    Turkey - Day 3 Tour

    July 30, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    So we are up and out and had brekky, went to our favourite coffee place. Heading off on another big walking tour to see mosques, museums, & bazaars with Barbados our guide.

    OK so we walked a lot today. We started with cheese lasagne at a cafe, then o to the Spice Bizaar where we sampled so many types of turkish delight which I live but have a new found appreciation for, so many flavours.

    We then climbed up to a Cafe out from the moved onto Suleymaniye Mosque and learned a lot about mosques and Muslim faith over the years. It was so peaceful here.

    From there we had a lunch special of baked beans, home cooked with chilli spice - yum.

    We then walked to the Old Book Bazaar and through the Istanbul University which used to be a palace to the Sultan.

    We then went to the Grand Bazaar where I believe you could buy anything 😁 This place has 66 alleys/streets under 40,000sqm cover 2,486 shops and is considered to be the first shopping mall 😁😁😁. The scene from James Bond SkyFall where James is racing a motor bike across roofs was filmed on this roof. It has 800,000 red roof tiles.

    We then went to the Cistern Basilica, amazing. This was built by Emperor Theodosius II in 428 - 443 AD, so cool underground, it currently hosts art work on small pedestals in the water. Beautiful.

    We then moved onto Hagia Sophia Mosque museum. So humbling. So it was originally built in 400 AD, was burned to the ground, it was rebuilt in 500 AD and again destroyed. It was finally rebuilt in 600 AD and was a Christian church until the Ottoman Empire took over Turkey and turned it into a Mosque.

    When Turkey became a Republic after removing the Sultan from power in October 1923, the new president changed this Mosque to Museum. The church mosaics and art work had been preserved by the outer works put up to covert it to a mosque.

    These have now been restored and you can see both the Church and Mosque features. This church/mosque has had emperors of the Roman and Ottoman empires crowned here. The massive wooden doors that you walk through are called the emperors gates are rumoured to be the wood from Noah's Ark.

    This place has so much history, it was quite humbling to take all this in. We are so young compared to the rest of the world in terms of history.

    Home now, twisted the ankle resting it up. Tomorrow we are heading to the beach for some relaxing before we fly out to Cappridocia tomorrow night.

    We had the best guide - Barbados- thank you for showing us Istanbul. You could live here 19 years and still not see all thete is to this beautiful historic city.
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  • Day3


    August 8, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Got back to the hostel at 19:30h after walking around Topkapi Palace after lunch and poor Alex is shattered. She’s crashed out and Elena is relaxing so I’ve come to watch the sunset over the Bosphorus.

    Quiz: How many ‘Elenas’ can you spot in the panorama?
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  • Day73


    August 21, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Nach einem letzten Badetag am schwarzen Meer am Strand von Seyrek oberhalb Kandira und die schönen Strände in Richtung Sile, fahren wir nach Istanbul.
    Allein den geplanten Parkplatz in der Stadt zu finden kostet uns einige Umwege, Nerven und Zeit. Doch es lohnt sich, wir schauen uns die blaue Mosche und die Hagia Sofia an, einfach großartig.
    Anschließend laufen wir zur Galatabrücke und machen eine 90 minütige abendliche Schiffsfahrt am goldenen Horn und dem Maiden Tower vorbei, den Bosporus hoch und runter.
    Die Sonne geht während der Schifffahrt über den Moscheen unter.
    Eine tolle Stadt...
    Am nächsten Morgen besuchen wir den Topkapi (Sultans-) Palast, den großen Bazar und gehen nochmals am Bosporus entlang zur Galata Brücke wo die ganzen Schiffe abfahren und immer was los ist. Tags darauf fahren wir zur bulgarischen Grenze. Wo wir wegen Grenzstreitigkeiten zwischen Bulgarien und Türkei 10 Std Wartezeit haben.
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  • Day4

    Blaue Moschee und Hagia Sophia

    September 14, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Heute ging es zur Sultan-Ahmed-Moschee (Blaue Moschee). Von außen finde ich die Moschee sehr interessant und auch das Konzept des Sultans zur Parkanlage. Er hat quasi einen Naherholungsort mit Hamam, Park, Freizeitmöglichkeiten und Moschee erschaffen. Von innen finde ich aber die Süleymaniye Moschee schöner.
    Nach einem Abstecher zur Cisterna Basilica (Versunkener Palast) ging es dann zur Hagia Sophia.
    Die Hagia Sophia ist, WOW!! Dieses Gefühl wenn man mitten unter der Kuppel dieser ehemals gigantischen Moschee steht und sich vorstellt wieviele Menschen hier wohl Freitags und zu Feiertagen gebetet haben.... wie diese Moschee erbaut wurde, ohne modernes Baugerät. Das muss man gesehen haben!
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