Nov 20, 2014

Istanbul Trip: Day 2, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Ayasofya, Topkapi Palace

Tippy tippy top, along the cobbled streets we hop!

Day 2 was the day for history. Walk along the Hippodrome, once used for chariot racing. We headed in morning to the Blue Mosque, as it closes for salah time, it is best advised to start before the daytime prayers. Inside the mosque females have to cover their head and all should be in conservative clothing. This is applicable for Turkey as I saw everybody fashionably dressed but no skin show at all.


Blue Mosque

Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
Once a church, turned into a mosque and then a museum. You can tell from the angel's faces covered with large golden discs.

Topkapi Palace
The grand palace of the Ottoman rulers, surrounded by beautiful Turkish rose gardens and with a view of the Marmara Sea.

Kucukayasofya (Little Ayasofya)
A tiny mosque just in front of our hotel.

To be continued...


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