The Blue Mosque, more correctly known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque - nicknamed for the blue tiles inside

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

Ornate tap at the Blue Mosque for washing prior to prayer

Hagia Sofia, once church then a mosque, now a museum.

Hagia Sofia, once church then a mosque, now a museum.

Hagia Sofia: The juxtaposition between Islam and Christianity is striking

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

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

Tourists and locals flood the Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar: a wide variety of things are for sale.

Grand Bazaar: a wide variety of things are for sale.

All manner of items are on sale

All manner of items are on sale

Hot chesnuts roasting on the street.

Hot chesnuts roasting on the street.

The entrance to Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years.

The entrance to Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years.

The blue tiles in the Harem are striking and worth the additional entrance fee.

The blue tiles in the Harem are striking and worth the additional entrance fee.

An evening of traditional dance. An evening of traditional dance.
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