Tag Archives: Istanbul travel photography

No Entry – Hagia Sophia

“Sorry, your names not down your not coming in!” This fellow was just sitting there, guarding the gate. I was so intrigued, what was the great thing he was guarding? It looks so shiny. I want to see! When you walk around Istanbul you will notice immediately, or over time, the quantity of cats roaming […]

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Panorama from Galata Tower – Istanbul, Turkey

The top of the Galata Tower has a very narrow gangway around its edge. When I first stepped out, I did feel a little nervous holding on to the railing as it appeared unstable. You can walk all the way around and take a 360 panorama, which I did do. I also choose two of […]

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Sapphire Tower (view from) – Istanbul, Turkey

The Istanbul Sapphire tower is the tallest building in Turkey (as at 2012) and I wanted to be on the roof top before the golden light hour. The journey from the old town of Istanbul to the Levent area (business district) is quite a journey requiring a tram, funicular and metro. Give yourself an hour […]

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Bosphorus Bridge – Istanbul, Turkey

I took the tram to Kabatas and instead of taking a taxi to Ortakoy, I decided to walk up. I was looking forward to getting my version of the classical view of Ortakoy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge. I passed the Dolmabahce Palace on my right, which I had in my itinerary but not enough […]

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Istiklal Avenue – Istanbul, Turkey

İstiklal Avenue is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Running through the middle of the avenue is a tramline that will carry you up and down the 3km length. The avenue is lined with modern shops, bars […]

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Basilica Cistern – Istanbul, Turkey

The Basilica Cistern is a relief from the heat of the day. As I descended the steps into the underground chamber, the rows of columns seemed to stretch far off into the distance making the chamber appear larger than it is. The dimly lit walkways are bright enough to see where you are walking but […]

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Galata Bridge & Tower – Istanbul, Turkey

The night before, I had used the hotel wifi to check how many steps were needed to get to the top of the Galata Tower. To my relief, the tower has two lifts that take you up most of the way. I had to choose whether I went up the tower in the golden/blue hours […]

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

On my first full day, I had planned to visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Before entering the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, I had already researched Istanbul and had seen pictures of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque interior. For me, it was not amazing in real life but was impressive. The four very thick pillars […]

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Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

I was really looking forward to entering the Hagia Sophia, as I queued to pay the admission fee. The queue in the morning was very long and so after visiting the Blue Mosque, the afternoon queue was much smaller and easier to tackle in the afternoon sun. The exterior belies what is left of the […]

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First view of Sultan Ahmed Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

I had landed at Ataturk Airport two hours earlier and here I was on the first day, standing outside the Sultanahmed Tram Stop in the old part of Istanbul, peering over the trees to the dome and minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Also known as the Blue Mosque. I was looking forward to my […]

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