Turkey: Istanbul (2009-2018)

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Aerial view over the Sultanahmet neighborhood (Topkapi Palace, Aghia Sophia, Blue Mosque) and to the Golden Horn on its right [Photo taken in April 2018 before landing at Ataturk International Airport.]

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View over the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace.

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Stormy weather over the Golden Horn, with Suleymaniye Mosque on top of the hill.

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Ferries leaving from the Eminonu docks, with Suleymaniye Mosque in the background, Yeni Cami (meaning New Mosque though it dates back to the 17th century) on the very left, and the entrance of the Spice Bazaar on Yeni Cami‛s right.

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Old facade above the Spice Bazaar.

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Yeni Cami (New Mosque).

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Inside Yeni Cami.

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Galata bridge and Galata Tower seen across the Golden Horn from the Eminonu docks.

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Galata bridge seen from the top of Galata Tower, with Yeni Cami (New Mosque) and the Spice Bazaar on the right.

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Fishermen on Galata bridge.

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Fishes for sale near Galata bridge.

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Narrow streets on the way up to Galata Tower (visible in the third photo).

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Galata Tower seen from Topkapi Palace across the Golden Horn.

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Topkapi Palace seen from a boat on the Bosphorus.

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Blue Mosque.

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Inside the main courtyard of the Blue Mosque.

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Hagia Sophia.

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Inside Hagia Sophia.

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Recently renovated Nuruosmaniye Mosque (mid 18th century). [Photos taken in April 2018.]

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In the Grand Bazaar, adjacent to the Nuruosmaniye Mosque. [Photos taken in April 2018.]

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Fatih Cami, which means the Conqueror′s Mosque, named after Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who brought an end to the Eastern Roman Empire by conquering Constantinople in 1453

at the age of 21. Originally constructed between 1463 and 1470, the mosque was rebuilt in 1771 following a damaging earthquake. [Photos taken in August 2017.]

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Chora Church (former Byzantine church).

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Frescoes in Chora Church.

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Alexander Sarcophogus (marble) in the Museum of Archeology. The carving depicts Alexander fighting the Persians at the Battle of Issus.

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″Real″ whirling dervishes.

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