20 Photos of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque and the Spice Bazaar

Hungary-icon In Hungarian/Magyarul – Néhány fotó Isztambulról – a Kék Mecset és a Fűszer Bazár

I am sure many of you find Istanbul exciting and interesting. Me too, I just spent there one day being on an excursion from Bulgaria, Sunny beach, where I was working some years ago in the summer.
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The journey was long, started at midnight, we couldn’t sleep the whole time on the bus because at the border we had to get off and arrange the visa for which we had applied from Bulgaria.

We visited some sights, the Blue Mosque, part of the Historical area, the Spice Bazaar and from a lookout point we saw the Bosporus and the Harbour. Here are some photos I took during the trip.

The Blue Mosque

was built in the early 17th-century, it has six minarets (the same number as the Great Mosque of Mecca). The mosque gets its nickname from its interior decoration of thousands of blue Iznik tiles.
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The Grand Bazaar

is the place to do some shopping. This covered market was the world’s first shopping mall. Inside the bazaar you find lines of shops selling every Turkish souvenir and handicraft you could imagine.

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Which one to choose???

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Turkish delight

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What we didn’t visit and I would like to see at my next visit this Summer are the Hagia Sophia (Byzantine Basilica – to see its mosaics), Basilica Cistern (largest of several hundred ancient cisterns, lies beneath the city – to see the upside-down head of Medusa on the bottom of one column) and the Topkapi Palace (home to sultans and their harem – maybe enough to see from outside).

Enjoy the photos!

Vicky

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