Istanbul: The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia


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.

Courtyard at the Blue Mosque

 Before going into a Mosque

There is a strict dress code to enter out of respect for those attending this mosque, but wraparound skirts and make do scarves are provided free. Shoes are removed before you enter, also you have to cover your head, arms and legs so I was wearing long trousers and a pashmina from the Grand Bazaar.

Para entrar a la mezquita hay que llevar ropa adecuada, que cubra las piernas, los brazos y la cabeza, ademas hay que descalzarse antes de entrar. Me puse pantalones fresquitos de verano y una pasmina que compre en el Gran Bazar para cubrir la cabeza y los brazos 

Prayer area
   This was really admiring: one very large Chandelier, 200 stained glass windows and 20,000 home made 50 different Tulip designs ceramic tiles, plus a very large reddish carpet; it has all come together to make a glorious shimmering piece of art.

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

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


Paola Lauretano said...

I love Istanbul, I would like to visit this city again... as soon as possible!
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Unknown said...

You look adorable! Love your cute pants. Istanbul is an amazing city that I would love to visit one day :)

Rhonda Albom said...

Fantastic photos which bring me right back to our visit to the Blue Mosque and Haggia Sophia.

mybeautrip said...

Impactantes fotos! Es difícil no enamorarse de Istanbul.

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Wowww Istambul is so beautiful city.
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Unknown said...

What a breathtaking, beautiful mosque! Istanbul looks like a fascinating place to visit. And I loved looking through your photos :) x

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nuria said...

Thank you so much! It's an amazing charming city with lots to see xx

Straight A Style said...

Wow, very beautiful. I especially love the ceilings.

Amy Ann
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Unknown said...

Fantastic pics!!! You look so beautiful ;)


Claire said...

Such amazing photos, everything is just so beautiful!

God bless,
XO, Claire

Unknown said...

Que bonito lugar tan bonitoo, yo quiero ir a Turquia! te cambio tu casa de Turquía por mi casa en Tequila una semana!!

Un beso

nuria said...

Jajaja, Lo de home swap es bastante tentador, con lo q me gusta viajar podría hacer cambios de mi apartamento con muchos países. Creo q es algo voy a mirar para hacer, que buena idea!
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Share a Secret said...

LOVE Stambul! Una ciudad mágica!


Patricia loves fashion said...

It such a magicial place! :) Amazing!

Bárbara Marques said...

Such beautoful places :)

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Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: awesome pics about Istambul. Thanks for your visit to my blog dedicated to Barbies. I really like your style and travels. Nice pictures. I already did a follower of your blog. Keep in touch

Lenya said...

What a beautiful place. So colorful.

Unknown said...

woooow! que lugar increible!!!
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Dressed With Soul said...

Looks like you are so happy in Istanbul, thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!
xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

Unknown said...

I want to visit Istanbul so badly and your pictures convinced me!

x Karen


Wow, impressive buildings and architecture there! The culture and history of Turkey looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing, dear! Love to get to know more about different countries!


nuria said...

Thank you!!! And I love sharing pictures of beautiful places like this. X

F-lover Fashion Blog said...

I love Istanbul!
xoxo Gi.

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Mai @ Petite Hmong Mommy said...

Such beautiful pictures!! The architecture is magnificent...made my mouth stay open most of the time scrolling through them. Hahaha.

K / House of KTS said...

I am so in love with these photos. Beautiful scenery. And I absolutely love your pants as well. Great post.

Kia / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)

Tailored and true said...

Wow looks like an amazing trip! And I just love your outfit, perfect for touring!

Anshul Bhargava said...

Omgosh Istanbul is gorgeous!!! I've never been there, but it is definitely in my bucket list!!!! Wannnnna go there ASAP!! <3

sweetsimpleday said...

Lovely city!!! Great photos.
Love your pants and scarf!! Xoxo

LBG said...

Wow, amazing! I was there once, you just brought it all back to me! Love Istanbul!

Unknown said...

Great post, the photos are beautiful.

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The Garage Starlets said...

Great photos!

Unknown said...

Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world !! Amazing !!! Gorgeous photos !

Desirèe D'Aloia said...

Love Istanbul, it's amazing!

ona fernandez - said...

Que preciosidad de fotos, me encantan!

The Dutch countryside said...

It looks absolutely amazing. I really want to go there once.


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Unknown said...

Beautiful photos! It looks like the weather was great for you! :) xx

Taimemode said...

WOW amazing pictures, wanna visit Istanbul too ;)

Bisous from France,

Beauty Editer said...

Lovely post dear! Hope you have a great day.

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Coco said...

These pictures are mesmerizing, everything looks so beautiful and nitid! You are the cutest travelera!
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alessandra said...

Great pictures and beautiful location!

nuria said...

Hahaha thanks very much Valeria! Xx

nuria said...

Thanks Lenya! They are amazing pieces of art xx

nuria said...

Yes, the weather Was lovely! Sunny but not extremely hot.xx

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