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Istanbul - Sultanahmet photos

Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia photos ( Haghia Sofia or Hagi Sofia ), Topkapi Palace Harem area,
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Cami), Fehmi Bey Hotel rooftoop views
    Here is a popular list of other Istanbul hotels.

Newer: My BRIEF VIDEOCLIP:  Interior of Istanbul's Blue Mosque.

    (Don't miss Dennis Callahan's excellent video of a tour, or
MCampbell's photo of the intricate beauty of the design inside.)


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4 pics stitched.  Not aligned well, but you can get the idea.
From FEHMI BEY Hotel rooftop.
Smaller pic. From Fehmi Bay Hotel rooftop

4 pics stitched.  Not aligned well, but you can get the idea.

From FEHMI BEY Hotel rooftop.

4 pics stitched.  No tripod.  Not aligned well, but not as noticeable when scrolling.
From FEHMI BEY Hotel rooftop.

If image you see fits on the screnn, Click on this link for Larger, scrollable image
If small, Click for Larger, scrollable one - From Fehmi Bey rooftop

4 pics stitched.  No tripod.  Not aligned well, but not as noticeable when scrolling.

From FEHMI BEY Hotel rooftop.

If image you see fits on the screnn, Click on this link for Larger, scrollable image

From the rooftop, first day
From the rooftop, first day
u49%2fandrys%2fsmall%2f36247701.mImg_3996.jpg Selahattin (Sela) from Grup Cafe (great place!)
Selahattin (Sela) from Grup Cafe (great place!)
And it also has books and basic souvenirs.
Grup is a relaxing place with Great food, service.

And it also has books and basic souvenirs.

Sela learned Turkish and English aftermoving here, from Uzbekhistan, for university.
Sela learned Turkish and English after
moving here, from Uzbekhistan, for university.
From Fehmi Bey Hotel roof again
From Fehmi Bey Hotel roof again
Houses of simple beauty on a gorgeous day
Houses of simple beauty on a gorgeous day
Beautiful floor of our hotel rooftop
Beautiful floor of our hotel rooftop
The Hippodrome, now called Sultanahmet Square (after Sultan Ahmet I),
was built in the 2nd-3rd centuries after the Roman conquest, for Emperor Constantine
(so, the old name 'Constantinople'), as a 2nd capital for the Roman Empire.
The Egyption Obelisk, in the Hippodrome

The Hippodrome, now called Sultanahmet Square (after Sultan Ahmet I),
was built in the 2nd-3rd centuries after the Roman conquest, for Emperor Constantine
(so, the old name 'Constantinople'), as a 2nd capital for the Roman Empire.

The Obelisk (Obelisque) was built in 15th C. BC and is therefore 3,500 years old. 
Emperor Theodosius I brought it from Karnak's Amon Temple in BC 390.
There are Egyptian Hieroglyphics on each of 4 sides.

The Obelisk (Obelisque) was built in 15th C. BC and is therefore 3,500 years old.
Emperor Theodosius I brought it from Karnak's Amon Temple in BC 390.

Despite average 6.5 scale earthquakes hitting Istanbul every 100 years, the Obelisk (Dikiltas)
has been standing there for 1600 years without any damage. It's made from pink granite.
With patches of of sun on it

Despite average 6.5 scale earthquakes hitting Istanbul every 100 years, the Obelisk (Dikiltas)
has been standing there for 1600 years without any damage. It's made from pink granite.

These are scenes from activities taking place in the Hippodrome.
I also liked the way the sun was highlighting the lead subject.
Bas relief on the marble base of the Obelisk, constructed in 389 AD

These are scenes from activities taking place in the Hippodrome.
I also liked the way the sun was highlighting the lead subject.

On the 4 faces of the Obelisk itself, the hieroglyphics extol the
bravery of Pharaoh Tuthmose, who had this built to commemorate a victory.
A closer view of the bas relief on the base

On the 4 faces of the Obelisk itself, the hieroglyphics extol the
bravery of Pharaoh Tuthmose, who had this built to commemorate a victory.

This once was covered with embroidered copper and brass plates, seeable from great distances,
but removed during the Latin invasion in the 13th C. to make coins.  Recently restored.
Column of Constantine, 10th Century, built by Constantine VII ( Porphyrogentus )

This once was covered with embroidered copper and brass plates, seeable from great distances,
but removed during the Latin invasion in the 13th C. to make coins. Recently restored.

The most recent work in the Hippodrome Square.  Kaiser Wilhelm was so impressed 
by the hospitality in Istanbul that he had this built and sent to Istanbul by train.
The Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain (" The German Fountain "), 1898

The most recent work in the Hippodrome Square. Kaiser Wilhelm was so impressed
by the hospitality in Istanbul that he had this built and sent to Istanbul by train.

This cracked me up.  In the middle of Sultan Ahmet Square (Hippodrome)
in The Old Town.   But, cola IS big in Turkey...
A favorite of those wielding cameras

This cracked me up. In the middle of Sultan Ahmet Square (Hippodrome)
in The Old Town.  But, cola IS big in Turkey...

The two original architects of this really magnificent structure were the most famous 
of their time, mathematician Anthemius of Tralles (Aydin today) and Isidorus from Miletus.
Hagia Sophia ("Divine Wisdom"), 537 AD, built by Emperor Justinian

The two original architects of this really magnificent structure were the most famous
of their time, mathematician Anthemius of Tralles (Aydin today) and Isidorus from Miletus.

Used as a church for 916 years, it served for 481 years as a mosque after Istanbul was 
conquered and very needed restoration work was done.   Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, 
had further restoration work done after 1934 and opened it as a museum the following year.
Beautiful building, inside and out

Used as a church for 916 years, it served for 481 years as a mosque after Istanbul was
conquered and very needed restoration work was done.  Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic,
had further restoration work done after 1934 and opened it as a museum the following year.

Outside Hagia Sophia
Older ways, with modern conveniences (blurry pic, alas)

Outside Hagia Sophia

Marble used for the inside of the church was brought from various Mediterranean countries,
including Anatolia itself.
   The moving figures are blurred due to the long exposure with no flash.
Hagia Sophia, inside, near entrance

Marble used for the inside of the church was brought from various Mediterranean countries,
including Anatolia itself.
  The moving figures are blurred due to the long exposure with no flash.

There are 107 columns used in this building, 40 in the nave and 67 upstairs in the gallery.

   The flash gets some of the color of closer objects such as the reddish column, the chandelier,
and gold rim-decoration of (overexposed) vase.
With flash

There are 107 columns used in this building, 40 in the nave and 67 upstairs in the gallery.

  The flash gets some of the color of closer objects such as the reddish column, the chandelier,
and gold rim-decoration of (overexposed) vase.

Stone decoration in background.
The main columns in the central nave area were brought from Egypt.

   Longer exposure without flash gets stone detail on the back walls.
Without flash

Stone decoration in background.
The main columns in the central nave area were brought from Egypt.

  Longer exposure without flash gets stone detail on the back walls.

Shiploads of columns and marbles arrived from Syria, Egypt and Greece as well as from 
Asia Minor, after Justinian ordered this to complete the new(er) church in just under 6 years,
unbelievable when you see what they accomplished.
Hagia Sophia aisle, divided from nave by 4 columns from Ephesus (each of 2 aisles)

Shiploads of columns and marbles arrived from Syria, Egypt and Greece as well as from
Asia Minor, after Justinian ordered this to complete the new(er) church in just under 6 years,
unbelievable when you see what they accomplished.

The müezzin mahfili, used by readers of the Koran during services

This domed basilica is overwhelming at first sight, and afterward  :-)
Hagia Sophia (awesome creation)

The müezzin mahfili, used by readers of the Koran during services

This domed basilica is overwhelming at first sight, and afterward :-)

The fish and anchor symbols were used in early Christianity.  
The fish represented Jesus or his works, and an anchor could represent the cross
or Hope in Salvation.
Early Christian symbols

The fish and anchor symbols were used in early Christianity.
The fish represented Jesus or his works, and an anchor could represent the cross
or Hope in Salvation.

Incredible semidome of the apse,covered by large gold & silver mosaics
Incredible semidome of the apse,
covered by large gold & silver mosaics
Hagia Sophia, ceiling figure and windows
Hagia Sophia, ceiling figure and windows
Dark blue glass mosaic was used for Mary's dress, and she sits on an imperial-style, bejeweled throne.
Colored mosaic on Hagia Sophia ceiling

Dark blue glass mosaic was used for Mary's dress, and she sits on an imperial-style, bejeweled throne.

A closer look at the blue garment and glass mosaic
A closer look at the blue garment and glass mosaic
My Turkey photos are washed out! Will fix eventually.
Walking toward Topkapi Palace
(benches on left hold interested onlookers).

My Turkey photos are washed out! Will fix eventually.

Resting and watching
Resting and watching
Used the Canon S400 zoom optionfor this one
Used the Canon S400 zoom option
for this one
Palace visitors, one quite dubious
Palace visitors, one quite dubious
Turkey seems filled with happy children, well-cared for.
Turkey seems filled with happy children, well-cared for.
Thanks to özgül for the correction! Gold-plated faucets even.
Royal toilet [corrected] in Topkapi Palace - Harem area


Thanks to özgül for the correction! Gold-plated faucets even.


The Royal Hall - main reception area, wife #1 would have lived above (I think)
The Royal Hall - main reception area, wife #1 would have lived above (I think)
Not a great life, but pretty good furnishings
Not a great life, but pretty good furnishings
Side view of above
Side view of above
Closer up
Closer up
Outside a window the sultan could enjoy a harem pool.
Breakfast nook (!) of Sultan Ahmed III

Outside a window the sultan could enjoy a harem pool.

Includes closeup of topmost area
Includes closeup of topmost area
Bottom portion  of picture gallery, closer up
Bottom portion of picture gallery, closer up
Top portion, closer up
Top portion, closer up
I took photos of the less gaudy items!
I took photos of the less gaudy items!
Closer view of door inlaid with mother of pearl
Closer view of door inlaid with mother of pearl
Back at the Fehmi Bey Hotel (wonderful location)
Back at the Fehmi Bey Hotel (wonderful location)
Catching sundown there
Catching sundown there
The Blue Mosque, golden at dusk
The Blue Mosque, golden at dusk
Was glad the bird came through,with sun going down and fading light.
Was glad the bird came through,
with sun going down and fading light.
The birds enjoy it there also.
The birds enjoy it there also.
u49%2fandrys%2fsmall%2f36247755.mImg_4194rc.jpg The full shot
The full shot
 Blue Mosque / Sultanahmet Cami  on clearer first  day
Blue Mosque / Sultanahmet Cami on clearer first day
Taken from a window inside the hotel in the dining area.
The minaret on the left seems farther from the group, from this angle at least.
During last night at hotel. Bird seems focused on meeting the Call to Mosque!

Taken from a window inside the hotel in the dining area.
The minaret on the left seems farther from the group, from this angle at least.

This was with a zoom lens taken from a point after re-entering the hotel from its rooftop.
This put us in the dining room, and I took this shot there protected from the winds.
Here's my brief videoclip of the mosque interior.   See Dennis Callahan's excellent one.
The Blue Mosque, through a window, at this point (cold). Suleymaniye Cami

This was with a zoom lens taken from a point after re-entering the hotel from its rooftop.
This put us in the dining room, and I took this shot there protected from the winds.
Here's my brief videoclip of the mosque interior.  See Dennis Callahan's excellent one.

As last light fades, Blue Mosque lights take over.
As last light fades, Blue Mosque lights take over.
Videoclip of interior soon
Bird and Mosque

Videoclip of interior soon

A bit like impressionism - a memory of a late view from the rooftop.
Almost no light anymore, but nothing deters
from making fuzzy photos.

A bit like impressionism - a memory of a late view from the rooftop.

u49%2fandrys%2fsmall%2f36247761.mImg_4220.jpg u49%2fandrys%2fsmall%2f36247762.mImg_4222.jpg Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey first night
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey first night
This one turned out fairly well, w/o flash, at 1/8th of a second.
Blue Mosque at night from the hotel rooftop, Column of Constantine in front.

This one turned out fairly well, w/o flash, at 1/8th of a second.