Can Atilla - 1453
'How can I go to Sultanahmet?' is a common joke in Turkey because most of the tourists come up and ask the same question since forever. So if you come to Istanbul and ask a local that question, don't be surprised if they start to laugh. No harmful thoughts, only the humour of the obvious.
Last Istanbul set is for Sultanahmet which is a place I absolutely adore. I admire Ottoman history and even though the guys were a bit creepy (no offense), they have left a remarkable amount of historic places. It's a pity that our people have such slight ideas about how to properly protect a historical artifact.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these too.
Αγιά Σοφιά) is not actually a mosque. It was an Orthodox patriarchal basilica from the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453. After the Conquest in 1453, it was turned into a mosque until it was turned into a museum in 1935. You have to see the inside, it's one of my favorite places ever, such an architectural marvel. Lovely place.
(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia. My own photo was too blurry because there is not enough light in the cistern, oh well.)
The Basilica Cistern is another favorite (and it's always so cool in summer). It was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 6th century. (It was also used as a location in a James Bond movie 1963, how cool.)
Melis from Confessions of a Coffeholic
Aaand, we're done. I'm proud of myself. Have a nice weekend xx