|The courtyard at The Blue Mosque|
Hagia Sofia (above)
Originally an orthodox church built in 360AD, Hagia Sofia became a mosque in 1453 then a museum in 1935. The hand painted decoration and reliefs on the walls highlight opposing religious iconography working together in unison.
The Blue Mosque (above)
Considered the last great mosque of the classical period, the blue mosque incorporates Ottoman and Byzantine architectural styles. Women need to have arms and legs covered before entering and you might want to take a pair of socks, you have to take your shoes off before you go in.
|Spectacular dome frescoes at The Blue Mosque|
|Elaborate metal work at the Topkapi Palace|
|View of the Garden from behind the harem windows of the Topkapi Palace|