Istanbul in Photos

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I have so much to write about when it comes to Istanbul, Turkey. It's definitely one of the most dynamic and interesting big cities I think I've ever visited, and I packed as much as possible into my 2 days there.

But the tales of markets, mosques, and carpet salesmen will have to wait. Today, I just want to share my Istanbul experience with you via a collection of photos.

Here, then, is Istanbul through my eyes (or, I suppose my camera lens):

Istanbul in photos

Outside the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) in the morning:

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The ornate tiled dome of the Blue Mosque — easily the most popular place to visit in Istanbul:

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The courtyard of the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by the famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1557. This mosque is the second-largest in Istanbul:


The carpeting inside the Suleymaniye Mosque – I love the bright orange!


Looking out over Istanbul from behind the Suleymaniye Mosque:

Istanbul, Turkey

Some of the amazing blue-and-white Iznik tiles inside the Rustem Pasha Mosque, in Istanbul's Eminonu district. THIS mosque should be called the “blue mosque” if you ask me:


A pretty residential street in Istanbul:


A water view of the Bosporus:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

In the Spice Bazaar (AKA Egyptian Bazaar):

Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

In the square outside Hagia Sofia:


Inside the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia. This basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum nearly brought me to tears:

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

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I don't think I could ever tire of Hagia Sophia:

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Men fishing off the Galata Bridge:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

Inside the maze-like Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets:

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Glass lanterns hanging in the Grand Bazaar:

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

A view out over Istanbul — check out all the satellite dishes:


With no minarets in the background, you probably would never guess this tranquil scene came from Turkey, am I right:


Istanbul's underground Basilica Cistern:

Basilica Cistern

Cruising the Bosporus during the “golden hour”:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

Rumeli Hisari, a fortress on a hill on the European side of the city:

Rumeli Hisari, Istanbul

Cruising on the Bosporus at dusk:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

If you've never been to Istanbul, I highly recommend adding it to your list. It's unlike anywhere else I've visited in the world — in a good way.

If you're interested in seeing some of these spots for yourself in Istanbul, I managed to see them on a tour of “Hidden Istanbul,” combined with a ride on a hop-on, hop-off bus, and a Bosporus cruise.

Which Istanbul photo is your favorite?


"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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