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Istanbul - Through the ages

From Europe to Asia.

  • Alone in the darkness

    The tower was first constructed in 408 BC on this strategic location in the Bosphorus.

    [Maiden's Tower]

  • For the ladies

    The Topkapi Palace was constructed in 1459 at the site of old Byzantine acropolis. Some of the sultans had up to 300 concubines and Murat III had 112 children. Busy days. All the women in the Harem had to be foreigners due to Islam law which forbids the enslaving of Muslims.

    [The Harem in Topkapi Palace]

  • For the ladies

    The Topkapi Palace was constructed in 1459 at the site of old Byzantine acropolis. Some of the sultans had up to 300 concubines and Murat III had 112 children. All the women in the Harem had to be foreigners due to Islam law which forbids the enslaving of Muslims.

    [The Harem in Topkapi Palace]

  • It looks harmless from up here

    People have come here since 1556 to get beaten up by hairy men.

    [Sultan Hamami]

  • King of the hill

    [Reine on the Theodosian Wall]

  • The leaning tower

    This imposing tower from 1348 was a part of the fortifications around the Genoese part of the city.

    [Galata Tower]

  • Losing my religion

    After being the greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years, it was converted into a mosque in 1453.

    [Hagia Sophia]

  • Built to last

    People have been staring at this dome since 587 AD.

    [Reine at Hagia Sophia]

  • Beneath the dome

    Pär is a great travel companion since he often knows more about the place than even the native guides do!

    [Pär in Hagia Sophia]

  • Stones

    After being the greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years, it was converted into a mosque in 1453.

    [Reine at Hagia Sophia]

  • Built to last

    People have been staring at this dome since 587 AD.

    [Hagia Sophia]

  • Trinkets

    [In the bazaar]

  • Brick in the wall

    The city wall of Constantinople once surrounded the capital of Eastern Rome. The largest part of the wall stretched for over six kilometers between the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. The defence was weakened by the Fourth Crusade sacking in 1204 until the cannons of Mehmed II finally broke through the mighty walls in 1453, marking the end of the Roman Empire.

    [Theodosian Wall]

  • Cliffhanger

    Nothing can stop Pär from climbing this ancient wall.

    [Pär on the Theodosian Wall]

  • Domespotting

    There is a mosque in almost every corner.

    [Mihrimah Sultan Cami]

  • Skywalker

    [Pär on the Theodosian Wall]

  • Cliffhanger

    [Reine climbing the Theodosian Wall]

  • Bricks of worship

    The quite Dan Brown-ish Chora church from the 5th century. Just as most other Christian churches it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople 1453. The stunning mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster, since Islam forbids iconic images.

    [Kariye Müzesi]

  • Bricks of worship

    The quite Dan Brown-ish Chora church from the 5th century. Just as most other Christian churches it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople 1453. The stunning mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster, since Islam forbids iconic images.

    [Kariye Müzesi]

  • Blasphemous rumours

    The quite Dan Brown-ish Chora church from the 5th century. Just as most other Christian churches it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople 1453. The stunning mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster, since Islam forbids iconic images.

    [Reine in Kariye Müzesi]

  • Within the realm of the dying sun

    [Sunset on the Bosphorus strait]

  • The other side

    The Asia side of the Bosphorus is a bit more relaxed.

    [Reine in Üsküdar]

  • Sunken palace

    This is the largest of several hundred underground cisterns, built in the 6th century. It contains 336 columns and a lot of carp are swimming in the water.

    [Basilica Cistern]

  • Under a blue sky

    I would like to play Blue Monday in here in a Monday.

    [Blue Mosque]

  • Gently down the stream

    [Old man and the Bosphorus]

  • Let there be light

    [In the bazaar]

  • Fisherman's friend

    On the Eminönü side of the Galata bridge there are several bobbing boats tied to the quay. They sell Balik Ekmek, which is simply a fish in a bread.

    [Vendor boats in Eminönü]

  • Halvdan was here

    Even the vikings came here and were in awe. Someone named Halvdan carved runic graffiti into these marble balcony rails about 1100 years ago.

    [Reine on the balcony of Hagia Sophia]

  • I got here too

    Just 1100 years later than the ancestors.

    [Reine in Hagia Sophia]

  • All along the watchtower

    The Galata Tower is visible from most parts of the city.

    [View from the Bosphorus]

  • Catch of the day

    [Fishermen at Atatürk bridge]

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