A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

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A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by Fingolfin_Noldor » 2008-11-18 11:34am

By request, DEATH asked if I could upload more photos of my trip last year.

So.. to start off with, the nicest pictures in my collection.

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The Hagia Sophia. A 1000 year old build still standing, since Justinian's time.

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The Hagia Sophia at night.

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Another beautiful shot

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Simply not enough shots can do this beautiful structure justice. A true testament of Roman Engineering

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The entrance

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The interior.

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Constantine the Great offering the city of Constantinople on the left, and Justinian offering the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) on the right.

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John II Komnenos and his wife, I believe.

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Just outside the Blue Mosque, or the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. What you see here is what's left of the Hippodrome.

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The Obelisk in the Hippodrome (one of the few things left standing)

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A closer look at the mosque

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Inside

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Another shot of the mosque.

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Night shots

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The entrance into the Topkapi Palace

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The palace grounds of the Topkapi Palace

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One of the many rooms

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One of the many courtyards

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A model of the Topkapi Palace. Notice the walls around the palace, obviously meant to deter sea based landings.

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Views of the Bosphoros from somewhere on the edge of the Topkapi Palace.

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The Roman Cistern (near the Hagia Sophia. It served the... since demolished Byzantine Imperial Palace.)

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Inside the Roman cistern

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Roman Aqueduct

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Remnants of the Walls of Constantinople...
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Re: A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by The Grim Squeaker » 2008-11-18 12:30pm

Some very nice photos there :D.

3d Photo of the Sophia is the best, the second is too blury/Cameraphile nitpick.
Topkai Palace is nice. The Roman Cistern is awesome, that thing looks more like a fucking castle!
Where the heck did they get an Obelisk? What Mosque was that?

Damn, it's been almost a year since I went to Turkey, and years since I went inland, I need to revisit... :)
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Re: A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by Bounty » 2008-11-18 12:55pm

Nice pictures, and you were lucky to visit such a beautiful city. I'm hoping to get there myself in the next few years; shouldn't be too hard since one of my friends is a Turkeyphile :D

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Re: A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by J » 2008-11-18 03:20pm

I too, have pictures of Istanbul


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Obligatory picture of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque



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Istanbul at sunset, from one of the ferry boats, I think


And a couple pictures from the Grand Bazaar
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Re: A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by Fingolfin_Noldor » 2008-11-18 10:38pm

DEATH wrote:Some very nice photos there :D.

3d Photo of the Sophia is the best, the second is too blury/Cameraphile nitpick.
Sadly, I'm not too good with cameras, and I need to curb my impulsiveness, which I tried. I will check if I have a nicer picture.
Topkai Palace is nice. The Roman Cistern is awesome, that thing looks more like a fucking castle!

I wish I took more of the Topkapi palace, but there wasn't much to take since i was inside and not outside. I'll post up some pictures of the... Harems later. :P

AS for the cistern, actually, a lot of the late Roman architechture was extensively copied by the Europeans. Hence the similarities.

[quoteWhere the heck did they get an Obelisk? What Mosque was that?
I remember reading where they grabbed the Obelisk, but I am guessing Egypt. You will note the hierogyphics.

The mosque in question is the Sultan Ahmed that was built after some disastrous defeat. It is the biggest Mosque in the Muslim world if I am not wrong. They practically copied most of the Hagia Sophia design on the other hand.
Damn, it's been almost a year since I went to Turkey, and years since I went inland, I need to revisit... :)
Yes, it is a darn nice place. I hope to revisit and go to Ephesus across the Bosphoros. :P
Bounty wrote:Nice pictures, and you were lucky to visit such a beautiful city. I'm hoping to get there myself in the next few years; shouldn't be too hard since one of my friends is a Turkeyphile :D
Yeah it's a great place for a visit. Just be careful with the very aggressive shopkeepers. Food is good too. I would go as far as say that Istanbul ranks alongside Rome in its beauty, though I haven't gone to Rome yet.
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Re: A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by The Grim Squeaker » 2008-11-19 12:08am

Fingolfin_Noldor wrote:
Bounty wrote:Nice pictures, and you were lucky to visit such a beautiful city. I'm hoping to get there myself in the next few years; shouldn't be too hard since one of my friends is a Turkeyphile :D
Yeah it's a great place for a visit. Just be careful with the very aggressive shopkeepers. Food is good too. I would go as far as say that Istanbul ranks alongside Rome in its beauty, though I haven't gone to Rome yet.
The shop keepers are fine, we usually buy our food on a daily basis from marketplaces when we're there :P.

And sorry, but the lovely lady has much better people shots than yours. (Although your building/landscape shots are much better). Sorry J, you forgot the bribe ;)
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Post by J » 2008-11-20 07:05pm

DEATH wrote:(Although your building/landscape shots are much better). Sorry J, you forgot the bribe ;)
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The Cappadocia region's famous stone homes, complete with a rather odd looking camel. :D
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Re: A Trip to Istanbul (56kps, simply not safe)

Post by The Grim Squeaker » 2008-11-21 03:47am

J wrote:
DEATH wrote:(Although your building/landscape shots are much better). Sorry J, you forgot the bribe ;)
The Cappadocia region's famous stone homes, complete with a rather odd looking camel. :D
By the gods, what a hideous monstrosity. :P
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