Historic Istanbul

Today we took a look back into the history of Istanbul.

We visited a mosque, a palace, a museum and then another palace.

Blue Mosque - Istanbul - Turkey - Turkish Mosque We started the day with a visit to the Blue Mosque. The interior of the building was absolutely beautiful.

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.

Blue Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey - six minarets - Large Mosque - Turkis HistoryThe proper name of the Blue Mosque is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

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

Topkapi Sarayi Museum - Topkapi Palace - Treasures of Turkey - Sword of David

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.

Topkapi Palace Harem - harem - Beautiful buildings 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.

Istanbul Archaeology Museum - Ishtar Gate - Procession Street - BabylonAfter wandering through the harem our next stop was the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Unfortunately much of the museum was under reconstruction, but we still had a lot to look at.

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.

Alexander Sarcophagus - Alexander the Great - Sidonian Kings - King AbdalonymosThis 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.

Dolmabahce Sarayi - Istanbul Turkey - Dolmabahce Palace - Sultan's PalaceOn the way back to the hotel seven of us were dropped off at the Dolmabahce Palace. The grounds of this palace are very beautiful and it is on the banks of the Bosphorus.

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’.

Water Lily - Fountain - Dolmabahce Palace - Domabahce SarayiOn our way out of the palace I spotted this beautiful little fountain and lily pond. The water lilies are beautiful, especially with the fountain against the red and green background.

Mustache and Beard - Istanbul Street scene - Turkey Now for a fun picture of me that was taken just before we got back to the hotel. Here I am with a young boy sporting a false mustache.

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.

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9 Responses to Historic Istanbul

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    Wow, all very cool. Looks like the weathers been brilliant too! happy travels.

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    The pictures and information have been fantastic …

  3. Uncle Spike says:

    Thanks for a mini tour of my country 🙂
    Have a safe trip back home.

  4. Gary Bryant says:

    Istanbul is possibly my very favorite city I have visited. Perhaps it was because it was an unexpected trip, the weather was beautiful and I knew absolutely nothing about Istanbul. We stayed in the Sultan Ahmed distirict at the hotel Diana. Just up the street from the Blue Mosque.

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