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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

  • King of the hill

    Reine on the Theodosian Wall

  • 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

    Hagia Sophia

  • Built to last

    People have been staring at this dome since 587 AD.

    Hagia Sophia

  • All along the watchtower

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

    Galata 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.

    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.

    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

  • Trinkets

    In the bazaar

  • Stones

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

    Reine at Hagia Sophia

  • 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.

    Theodosian Wall

  • Cliffhanger

    Nothing can stop my friend from climbing this ancient wall.

    On the Theodosian Wall

  • Domespotting

    There is a mosque in almost every corner.

    Mihrimah Sultan Cami

  • 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.

    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.

    Kariye Müzesi

  • Within the realm of the dying sun

    Sunset on the Bosphorus strait

  • The other side

    The Asian 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

  • I got here too

    Just 1100 years later than the ancestors.

    Reine in Hagia Sophia

  • Catch of the day

    Fishermen at Atatürk bridge