Finally my first post of my trip to Turkey and they will be more. The post today is from Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey although the capital is Ankara, Istanbul is the 1st city in Turkey with three times more population than the capital, it has over 14 million people plus millions of tourists so you can imagine how busy it is, Crossing the city can take many hours, Ex. over 3 hours to get from the airport to the centre, even if the taxi drivers are driving like mad (well, the police cars and bikes were driving crazy too)
Finalmente hago mi primer post de mi viaje a Turquia y habra muchos mas. La entrada de hoy es de Estambul que es la ciudad mas grande en Turquia aunque la capital sea Ankara. Estambul tiene tres veces mas habitantes que la capital, supera los 14 millones de habitantes pero ademas hay millones de turistas, cruzar la ciudad puede llevar muchas horas, por ejemplo, nos llevo casi 3 horas del aeropuerto al centro y eso que el taxista conducia como loco (bueno todos conducen asi, incluso los coches y motos de la policia...)
Arriving to the area, so excited as I was visiting the most famous places in Istanbul.
Esta foto fue llegando al centro y superilusionada por ver los lugares mas famosos de Estambul
Istanbul has more than 3,000 mosques and many are really beautiful, I would have liked to be longer in Istanbul and I would have visited many more mosques but I did not really spend too many days in the city. I will show you two of the top sights of this historic city which both are symbol of Istanbul, also they are opposite each other in the centre of the old Istanbul, you can see both on the same day.
Estambul tiene mas de 3,000 mezquitas y muchas realmente bonitas, me hubiera encantado haberme quedado mas tiempo y ver muchas mas pero no estuve muchos dias en la ciudad, os mostrare los dos sitios mas emblematicos que estan uno enfrente del otro, con lo que se pueden ver siempre en el mismo dia
Mosque of Sultan Ahmed: The Blue Mosque
La Mezquita Azul
Built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 - 1616, in an attempt to restore his power base caused by his poor military achievements, he now lies in his Mausoleum outside his building after having died of typhus in 1716.
|Main dome and its blue tiles|
|Beautiful blue tiles. Amazing!!|
|Pay attencion at the tiles, they were painting by hand!!!! look at the blue.|
Sultan Ahmet is a beautiful mosque, outside and inside. Minus is that there is always a huge crowd because it is one of the most famous mosques and everyone want to see it and it is absolutely worth t it. But to see and contemplate Islam architecture in quiet - you should choose some of not so popular mosques in Istanbul, as I said, there are over 3,000
Sultan Ahmet es una Mezquita preciosa tanto por fuera como por dentro, el unico problema es que hay demasiada gente y colas a todas horas ya que es una de las mas famosas y todo el mundo la quiere ver. Para ver la arquitectura arabe en tranquilidad, aconsejo ir a mezquitas que no son tan populares, como dije hay mas de 3,000
Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica built in 537, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul. Constructed as a church between 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. This is the oldest building in Istanbul.
There is a great mixture of cultures, it has been Cathedral-Church-Mosque-Museum
|- Eastern Orthodox Cathedral (537–1204)|
- Roman Catholic Cathedral (1204–1261)
- Eastern Orthodox Cathedral (1261–1453)
- Mosque (1453–1931)
- Museum (1935–present)
Hagia Sophia data del 537, Ha sido Catedral, Iglesia, Mezquita y ahora Museo, en el interior se pueden contemplar toda la mezcla de culturas teniendo los detalles de las Mezquitas y tambien tenemos los mosaicos de la Virgen con el nino Jesus
|The mihrab located in the apse where the altar used to stand, pointing towards Mecca|
Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Imperial Mosque and now just a little museum - even though it took from 537 to 1453 (916 years) to complete. Was the number one Mosque in town, until the Blue Mosque was finished in 1616.
If you look under the floor the pillars are under water. I loved the chandeliers and the ancient mosaics.
|Medallions and Chandeliers|
|One beautiful chandelier|
Beautiful mosaics of Virgin and Child with the two emperors Constantine and Justinian I
Time for a break and surrounding area
The day was beautiful and sunny and it was really nice walking streets in the center, getting a kebab, (even for food I had to haggle) and lying on the grass
El dia fue muy bonito y soleado, fue una maravilla caminar por las calles del centro, comer un kebab Iincluso para la comida tuve que regatear) y tumbarnos en la hierba al sol, en los jardines de la Mezquita Azul
I was wearing trousers from Select on sale (£7.99!!), sandals from Clarks, so comfy!, basic black T-shirt from HM, sunglasses Pepe Jeans and the handbag from Turkish markets.
Thanks for your comments!!
Gracias por vuestros comentarios! Bss