Friday, November 8, 2013

City Break - Istanbul, Turkey

I've always been intrigued by Eastern  Europe, so I tought that Istanbul, Turkey could have been the perfect start. Why? Because Istanbul is exactly along the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, so it combined two cultures...

I've been there almost a year ago and the city I've found was incredible! I was lucky enogh to find one day of rainy weather out of the three I've been there, friendly people and so much to see and visit that I might have been there at least one week!
 
Obviously I visited Hagia Sophie's Museum (Ayasofya Müzesi in Turkish). Originally was built as a Greek Orthodox church, then changed to a Roman Catholic church, then it has been Islamic mosque and nowadays is a museum...Its beauty is breath taking as well as another amazing mosque Sultanahmet camii (a.k.a the Blue Mosque).

 


Some charming and interesting turistic places are: Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie 150m beneath the city.
There's a bridge over the river Bosphorus that link the asias part with the european one and the famous Grand Bazaar,one of the largest and oldes covered markets of entire world.
Inside the Basilica Cister
         
I really enjoyed my time there and I'm looking foward to go again, maybe staying more than a short week end. There's nothing negative I can say about Istanbul!!

Song of the Day : Why Don't You And I by Santana Feat. Alex Band

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