Built in the 6th century, the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul is located just across from Hagia Sophia. It was used as a reservoir for water storage. There are 366 columns. I can’t fathom why one might build such an elaborate space underground for water, but it’s beautiful and worth the 10 TL to enter.
No Istanbul itinerary is complete without a stroll across the Bosphorus River on the Galata Bridge. The bridge is lined with fishermen and the mosques make for a picturesque background. Since we were staying near Taksim Square, we decided to walk to the Old City so we could stroll across the bridge.
Situated near Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is another grand structure called the Blue Mosque. Built in 1609, Sultan Ahmet I wanted to construct a mosque that was more beautiful than Hagia Sophia. While I am partial to Hagia Sophia, it is a pretty spectacular sight. It is also the first operating mosque that I have […]
Maybe you read yesterday just how much I love Hagia Sophia. If not, then yes, feel free to go check it out. Because I loved it so much, I thought I would post some more of my favorite photos of it in sepia.
Initially a church, then a mosque, Hagia Sophia is now a museum in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia means ‘divine power’, and it’s truly one of the most stunning architectural creations I have ever stepped foot in.
Taking advantage of a free stopover on Turkish Airlines, I was lucky enough to experience Istanbul. It’s a city I’ve been dying to visit for about seven years now, and though the visit was brief, I fell in love. Stella, my awesome US road trip buddy and former fellow Kenya volunteer, skipped school and met […]