On Thursday 14th January we left Berlin's Tegel airport and flew on a Turkish Airlines A321 to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, arriving there at about 3:15.
|First views of Istanbul as our plane approaches the airport.|
Some of the many tour boats can be seen.
|Sections of the city walls. The walls were built in stages over more than a thousand|
years of the city's existence by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottoman Turks .
|The "New Mosque" (Yeni Cami) near the ferry terminal. It was begun in 1597 but not completed (with redesign and reconstruction of abandoned work) in 1665.|
|Some of the many ferries which operate in the waters|
of the Bosphorus Straight and the Golden Horn.
|The Galata Tower ("Galata Kulesi" in Turkish, "Christea Turris" in Latin)|
was part of the defence network built by the Genoese in 1348.
|The Molla Çelebi Mosque (also known as the Fındıklı Mosque) or even as|
"The Hazelnut" is an Ottoman mosque located in the neighborhood
of Beyoğlu district in Istanbul, Turkey. It was opened in 1584.
|The Dolmabahce Palace|
|The small "Mecidiye Camii" mosque sits close to the northern end of|
the Bosphorus Bridge linking the European and Asian parts of Istanbul.
|A section of the old walls and the Rumelihisari Fortress. It was built|
in 1451 outside the existing walls before the Ottoman conquest of
Constantinople in 1453 to prevent aid and relief reaching the besieged city.
At this point I got rather lazy - I'll extend and finish this off one day as there are many more photos I could (and should) add.
|The bridge joining "European" |
and "Asian" parts of Istanbul.
|One of the many mosques along the highway |
from Western to Eastern parts of the city.
|Traffic jams across the Bosphorus|
|A Turkish carpet weaver works painstakingly|
to reproduce the template shown below.
.... more to come ....