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ISTANBUL      2003                               
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In April I went for a few days to Istanbul with my friend Leigh Felton, staying in an inexpensive hotel in the old town overlooking the Bophorous.
This panorama [from Wikipedia] is taken from the Asian side. The main buildings, with spires or minarets, are the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque [near out hotel] and the Süleymaniye Mosque. The Galata bridge is on right of picture.

Leigh in our hotel roof top restaurant overlooking Bosphorous
Our hotel
View over Bosphorus including the beached boat
Another view from our hotel
View of the Asian side of the Bosphorous
On the way to the Blue Mosque
The 'Blue' mosque [Sultan Ahmed Mosque] The entrance
The Blue mosques with our hotel in foreground at base of the middle minaret
The blue mosque with the Suleymaniye mosque on the right. Picture is from our boat.
Entrance to Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque
Windows in Blue Mosque
The dome. Some blue tiles can be seen [sorry for poor photo]; hence the nickname of the mosque
I dont know what this is; some wayside beauty
In bazaar Onthe way to Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia. 6th Century. It was first a huge church, then mosque, now a museum
Inside Hagia Sophia
Inside Hagia Sophia; early church mosaics
Inside Hagia Sophia
Inside Hagia Sophia
Detail in mosque  
We don't talk to the opposition
Rich riverside houses
Fortress of Rumeli Husani guarding the bosphorous. Distant bridge was built in 173 to join Europe to Asia
Me at the fortress For feet washing?
Buying a hookah in the bazaar
A beached boat
Sunset over the Bosphorous
The open-air part of bazaar near Galati bridge
The start of the Galata bridge. The following pictures were taken from the tower opposite
View from the tower
Another view

The Süleymaniye Mosque.

Inside the mosque
Inside
Inside the dome
View from the Süleymaniye mosque
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