Turkey is such a beautiful and sweet country.. ^_^
these are some of the interesting places that i’ve visited in Istanbul.. :)
the large Topkapi Palace.. :) behind me is the Gate of Salutation..
it was the royal residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years..
following the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1921, it was then transformed into a museum of imperial era in 1924.. and this museum contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Prophet Muhammad‘s cloak and sword..
ya, i’m inside the palace.. huhu.. :p
the Gate of Felicity.. it is the entrance into the Inner Court which comprises the private and residential areas of the palace..
the Audience Chamber building.. this was the place where the sultan received the viziers, officials, and the foreign ambassadors who presented themselves..
the Enderûn Library..
the Imperial Treasury building.. now it is the exhibition hall for armory collection..
the Tower of Justice.. the tallest structure in the palace.. it symbolizes eternal vigilance of the sultan against injustice..
the lion stature inside the palace.. :)
this is the Hippodrome.. it was the center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city were held..
and now it is a public garden.. :)
the Column of Constantine..
the Serpentine Column.. it was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea in 480 BC.. it was originally from Delphi (Greece) and relocated here by the Roman Emperor Constantine.. there were supposed to have 3 serpent heads on top of it but 2 were missing now and the other one is in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum..
the Egyptian Obelisk.. it was moved to here by Emperor Theodosius (emperor of the Roman Empire) from the Temple of Karnak in Alexandria, Egypt..
at the base of the obelisk there was sculpture of the Emperor Theodosius (emperor of the Roman Empire) and the family..
next to the Hippodrome is the Blue Mosque..
it is also called as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.. it has 1 main dome, 6 minarets, and 8 secondary domes..
this is an historical mosque in Istanbul, built from 1609 to 1616..
the design is the culmination of 2 centuries of both Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque development..
the praying area with the beautiful interior design..
it is known as Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior..
the interior view of the beautiful domes.. :)
this is the Hagia Sophia.. it was formerly an Orthodox church from 537 until 1453, and later converted to a mosque when the Constantinople was conquered by Ottoman Turks in 1453.. and now it is a museum since 1935..
the Loge of Empress.. this was the place where the empress and the court-ladies would watch the proceedings down below..
because of the unique history, the building has both the Islamic and Christianity elements.. over the apse there is a picture of Virgin Mary holding Child Jesus on her lap (picture formed by mosaics)..
the beautiful interior architecture of Hagia Sophia..
there are 4 images of Hexapterygon (six-winged angel) at the dome..
ok.. time for food now.. :)
at Hafiz Mustafa Confectionery..
the delicious Simit..
the Turkish Coffee.. really kaw-kaw.. :p
at Sirin Kofte Restaurant..
the Mixed Kebab.. puas-puas.. :)
at Otantic Karaca Kardelen Cafe..
the Baklava.. manis-manis.. :p
i like the aroma of the Turkish Tea.. :)
at Masal Restaurant..
the Beef Kebab and Salad with Couscous Rice.. yummy yummy.. :)
(click here for Istanbul Aku Datang Part I)