The Blue Mosque, more correctly known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque – nicknamed for the blue tiles inside
Istanbul: In Pictures
Ornate tap at the Blue Mosque for washing prior to prayer
Hagia Sofia, once church then a mosque, now a museum.
Hagia Sofia: The juxtaposition between Islam and Christianity is striking
Hagia Sofia: the weeping column, connected to miracles the faithful queue to put their fingers into the hole where water drips and to pray
Tourists and locals flood the Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar: a wide variety of things are for sale.
All manner of items are on sale
Hot chesnuts roasting on the street.
The entrance to Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years.
An evening of traditional dance.
The blue tiles in the Harem are striking and worth the additional entrance fee.