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The Hagia Sophia viewed from my hotel room in the morning

The streets of the old quarter in Istanbul

The streets of the old quarter in Istanbul just around the corner from my hotel

The Hippodrome - the Obelisk of Thutmose III bought from Karnack, Egypt in 390AD by Theodosius the Great; originally built 1490BC

Hagia Sophia - from the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral

Hagia Sophia - except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral

Hagia Sophia - and later it was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931

Hagia Sophia - today it is secularised and converted into a museum

Hagia Sophia - it is a massive and most impressive building

Hagia Sophia - its dimensions are stunning

Hagia Sophia - internally, it is difficult to grasp the sheer size of it

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia - frescoes adourn the walls and dome ceilings

Hagia Sophia - frescoes adourn the walls and dome ceilings

Hagia Sophia - marble pillars

Hagia Sophia

The Blue Mosque seen from the Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia viewed from a short distance

The many different flavours and colours of Turkish Delight

Taksim Square - the protesters seen here were none too gently removed and 'placed' into police vans a few minutes after this photo weas taken

walking from Taxsim Square along Independence Avenue, a long pedestrian shopping street

walking from Taxsim Square along Independence Avenue, a long pedestrian shopping street

The Bosporus

The Bosporus

fishing from the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn

a fish sandwich on the Bosporus

looking back toward the The Galata Bridge

a Guiness in Istanbul; at $15 a pint, its rather expensive

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more commonlyknown as the Blue Mosque - built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I

The Blue Mosque - a most impressive building

The Blue Mosque - a most impressive building

The Blue Mosque - a most impressive building

The Blue Mosque - a most impressive building

The Hagia Sophia viewed from my hotel room in the afternoon

inside a beautiful mosque

inside a beautiful mosque

The Suleymaniye Mosque - built from 1550 to 1558

The Suleymaniye Mosque - built on the order of on the order of Sultan Süleyman

The Suleymaniye Mosque - another impressibe building

The Suleymaniye Mosque - the incisde of the mosque is wonderfully colourful

The Suleymaniye Mosque - the incisde of the mosque is wonderfully colourful

The Suleymaniye Mosque - the incisde of the mosque is wonderfully colourful

The Suleymaniye Mosque - the incisde of the mosque is wonderfully colourful

The Suleymaniye Mosque

The Suleymaniye Mosque

The Suleymaniye Mosque

 

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