Today we took a look back into the history of Istanbul.
We visited a mosque, a palace, a museum and then another palace.
To visit the mosque, the women in our group had to wear head scarfs and all of us had to take our shoes off and carry them in plastic bags.
I have some nice panorama shots of the domes. However, they must wait for future posts.
You can see in the picture that the Blue Mosque has six minarets. There are only two mosques in Turkey with six minarets . You can see the other one in my post: A Day in Tarsus
After visiting the Blue Mosque we went to the Topkapi Sarayi Museum. Sarayi is Palace, and the museum is also known as Topkapi Palace Museum.
The buildings and ground were beautiful. We could not take pictures in most of the exhibits, but we did see many jewels, old writings and many other treasures.
One interesting room had the Sword of David, the Staff of Moses and the skull and arm of John. I will have to check to see what others think of the provenance of these objects.
I also visited the Topkapi Harem. I was able to take pictures there and was really glad as it was absolutely beautiful. I really like the tile work in this room. I had to pay an extra admission fee to visit the harem, but it was well worth the additional cost.
I really enjoyed seeing this lion from the Procession street that leads from the Ishtar gate in Babylon.
We saw many more items, but for now I will share just one more.
This picture shows some of the detail of the Alexander Sarcophagus. Although the sarcophagus shows scenes from the life of Alexander the Great, it is not where he was buried. The sarcophagus was the final resting place of King Abdalonymos of Sidon. Abdalonymos was made king by Alexander the Great.
Unfortunately we were not able to take pictures inside the palace. However, we really enjoyed our visit. The interior decorations and architecture were stunning. We kept going around corners and saying ‘Wow’.
We ended the day with a worship service and then shared a last dinner together.
Most of the tour members will be getting up before 2:00 in the morning as they have a very early morning flight. My roommate will be one of those leaving and I will hopefully roll over and go right back to sleep when he gets up.
I will be headed to the airport after a leisurely breakfast and will be winging my way home in the afternoon.
I hope you have enjoyed my travelogue. I will hopefully expand on some of the subjects over the next couple of weeks. It just depends on where my mind wanders.
Make sure you visit my Turkey page to find out more information and for links to the blogs of other tour members. We all have our unique styles and perspectives so visit all of them.