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"...if You've a Date in Constantinople, She'll Be Waiting in İstanbul."

In 1998 I was traveling from Dubai back to the U.S. I had to change flights in İstanbul. Since I had never met with the people handling our business in Turkey, I took the opportunity to pay a one day visit to my colleagues. The business part of the stopover was quickly dispatched and I found my hosts/friends to be absolutely delightful people. To make my short visit even more "productive" and special, my associates arranged for a family friend to take me on a tour of İstanbul -- at least as much as one could rush through in an afternoon.

While many of the myriad of sights in Turkey had to be held for a future visit, I was able to visit four of the more popular sights, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Egyptian Obelisk, and Topkapi Palace. These pictures show just a little bit of the wonders that İstanbul has to offer. (All pictures were taken with a Nikon 6006 with a Sigma 28-80mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens and ISO 200 FujiColor film. Prints scanned on an Epson 4990 flatbed scanner.)

(PS: I could not resist borrowing the gallery title from the 1953 song by Jimmy Kennedy and Nate Simon. I hope neither you, nor Jimmy, nor Nate mind this small bit of plagiarism.)

Update: After numerous e-mails from pBase friends in Turkey, I changed the spelling of the subject city to İstanbul from Istanbul. I hope this placates those who wrote me with the correct spelling of their capitol city (for which I thank them) and atones for my earlier error. -- T. David, 17 February 2007
The Bosporus
The Bosporus
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
One of the Minarets Added Following Conversion to a Mosque
One of the Minarets Added Following Conversion to a Mosque
Hagia Sophia: Side Entrance Hall
Hagia Sophia: Side Entrance Hall
Hagia Sophia: Marble Urn Adorning the Interior
Hagia Sophia: Marble Urn Adorning the Interior
Hagia Sophia: Under the Dome
Hagia Sophia: Under the Dome
The Egyptian Obelisk (The Obelisk of Theodosius I)
The Egyptian Obelisk (The Obelisk of Theodosius I)
The Egyptian Obelisk
The Egyptian Obelisk
The Base of the Egyptian Obelisk
The Base of the Egyptian Obelisk
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque: Main Entrance
Blue Mosque: Main Entrance
Blue Mosque: Minaret
Blue Mosque: Minaret
Blue Mosque: Carpeted Interior
Blue Mosque: Carpeted Interior
Blue Mosque: Interior Tile Work
Blue Mosque: Interior Tile Work
Blue Mosque: the Dome
Blue Mosque: the Dome
Topkapi Palace: Entrance
Topkapi Palace: Entrance
Topkapi Palace: Entrance
Topkapi Palace: Entrance
Topkapi Palace: The Library of Ahmet III
Topkapi Palace: The Library of Ahmet III
Topkapi Palace: The Entrance to the Hirka-i Saadet Apartments
Topkapi Palace: The Entrance to the Hirka-i Saadet Apartments
Topkapi Palace: Tower of the Divan Complex
Topkapi Palace: Tower of the Divan Complex
Topkapi Palace:  The Portico of the Baghdad Kosk
Topkapi Palace: The Portico of the Baghdad Kosk
Topkapi Palace:  A View of Asia
Topkapi Palace: A View of Asia