20 June 2012

Hagia Sophia

Of course, on our first morning in Istanbul (Tuesday) we headed off to Hagia Sophia.   Having read a little about it, we were prepared for its size and dimensions, but even so we were awe-inspired by the sheer amount of marble and the ability to see the various well-known mosaics "in the flesh" as it were.  My limited photographic abilities probably don't do justice to it all, but here some of my attempts.
We also visited the nearby Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art and went to the Blue Mosque.   In the evening, we had dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants (yes, tourist-oriented, but nevertheless good), and checked out the night stalls on the Golden Horn near the Galata Bridge.

Blue Mosque

Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts (Great Hall)

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