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Bursa to Istanbul

Day 11

sunny 32 °C

We arrived in Istanbul in the early afternoon and went on to visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque). It is known as the Blue Mosque as blue tiles adorn the walls of the interior of the mosque. It was built between 1609 and 1616. For me personally, I found Kocatepe Mosque to be more impressive.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

We also saw what was left of the Hippodrome. It was called the “Hippodrome” in Roman and Byzantine eras, and “The Horse Square” in the Ottoman period, Sultanahmet Square had been regarded as the centre of Istanbul by many civilizations. Chariot races were often held there. The Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the Constantine Column is what is left there.

The Egyptian Obelisk - hippodrome

The Egyptian Obelisk - hippodrome

In the afternoon we cruised the Bosphorous. It is Istanbul's famous waterway which divides Europe and Asia. We saw some palaces and the Bosphorus Bridge which connects Europe and Asia. It was nice to see Istanbul from another perspective and was very relaxing.

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Cruising the Bosphorous

Posted by travelbug_ 14:31 Archived in Turkey

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