Istanbul photos

Again, no individual captions, but in order these are:
Blue mosque exterior
Blue Mosque interior
Entrance to Topkapi Palace
View of the Bosphorus (just like the one we’ve had at breakfast in our hotel)
Ceiling of the Topkapi Palace privy chamber library
The Basilica Cistern
The Medusa’s head column (supposed to be the wrong way up, apparently — one can imagine some bodging Byzantine builders scratching their heads)



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5 Responses to Istanbul photos

  1. Brian Creese says:

    I need to go to Hagia Sophia!!

  2. Dad says:

    Sue Armour sends her love – she’d mentioned the Blue Mosque – now remarkable architecture around the world “worships” mammon as Uncle Ivan pointed out to me

  3. Nik says:

    Thanks for these. Wow! I find the bottom one intriguing – what’s the significance of the head being upside down. Alexander? My knowledge in that area is a bit sketchy to say the least.

    • Nik says:

      Scratch that. Medusa!

      • Yeah, the plaque was a bit vague. Wikipedia says:
        “Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways and inverted in order to negate the power of the Gorgons’ gaze,[citation needed] however it is widely thought that they were placed sideways and upside down only to be the proper size to support their columns.” So a bit of legend or maybe bodging!

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