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Istanbul (Day 1)

On our first day in Istanbul we visited various historic sites in the city. We started in the Sultanahmet Square area where we saw the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and the Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia. The 1400 year old Hagia Sphia with its huge dome is one of the most remarkable buildings I have ever visited. After lunch we visited the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Whilst the Topkapi Palace area was very interesting, photography is not permitted in many parts so I have only a few photographs from there.
The Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome,  Istanbul
The Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
The Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome,  Istanbul
The Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
The base plinth of the Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome,  Istanbul
The base plinth of the Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
The Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome,  Istanbul
The Egyptian Column, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
The Column of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, The Hippodrome,  Istanbul
The Column of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
The Serpent Column, The Hippodrome,  Istanbul
The Serpent Column, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
Monogram of the sultan on the German Fountain, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
Monogram of the sultan on the German Fountain, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
Decoration on the German Fountain, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
Decoration on the German Fountain, The Hippodrome, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul
Entrance door to the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Entrance door to the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The dome of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The dome of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
One of the dome support pillars in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
One of the dome support pillars in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The carpeted floor and low level lighting in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The carpeted floor and low level lighting in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Detail of the lighting in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Detail of the lighting in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Iznik tile decoration in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Iznik tile decoration in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
One of the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
One of the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
One of the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
One of the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Exterior view of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Exterior view of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul
The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Mosaic at the Imperial  Gate entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Mosaic at the Imperial Gate entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration at the Imperial Gate entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration at the Imperial Gate entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration at the Imperial Gate entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration at the Imperial Gate entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Our guide Haluk giving his commentary in the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Our guide Haluk giving his commentary in the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Supporting side domes of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Supporting side domes of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The main dome of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Patterned marble coronation square in the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Patterned marble coronation square in the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The lighting below the main dome, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The lighting below the main dome, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Marble storage vessel, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Marble storage vessel, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
View from the Hagia Sofia looking towards the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
View from the Hagia Sofia looking towards the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
View from the Hagia Sofia looking towards the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
View from the Hagia Sofia looking towards the six minarets of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child above the apse, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child above the apse, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The DeŽsis mosaic, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The DeŽsis mosaic, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Central detail of the figure of Christ from the DeŽsis mosaic, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Central detail of the figure of Christ from the DeŽsis mosaic, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the south gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the south gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the south gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the south gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the south gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the south gallery, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the Vestibule of Warriors, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Mosaic in the Vestibule of Warriors, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The Fountain of Ahmet III just outside the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The Fountain of Ahmet III just outside the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The Imperial Gateway entrance to the Topkapi Palace outer courtyard, Istanbul
The Imperial Gateway entrance to the Topkapi Palace outer courtyard, Istanbul
The Hagia Eirene Byzantine church in the outer courtyard of the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The Hagia Eirene Byzantine church in the outer courtyard of the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The roof canopy of the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The roof canopy of the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
 İznik tile decoration in the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
İznik tile decoration in the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration in the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration in the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration in the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Ceiling decoration in the Divan, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Ornamental door inlaid with mother of pearl, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Ornamental door inlaid with mother of pearl, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The Iftariye Pavilion, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The Iftariye Pavilion, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
View of the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
View of the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
View of the Golden Horn from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
View of the Golden Horn from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul