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Istanbul Day One

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2009 at 5:59 am

Circumcision Room at Tokapi Palace

We got an early start this morning and were able to see all the “Must Sees”  Above is the Circumcision Room at Tokapi Palace. Most rooms are ornately decorated with the traditional Iznik Tiles. Absolutely beautiful. The jewels (especially the 86 carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond-the third largest in the world) were stunning.  Also went to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Bascilica Cistern. We also heard mid morning prayer service and ate some of the best meatballs on the planet.  Some favorite “atmosphere” photos below.

The Columns in the Cistern

The famous Medusa Head in the Cistern

Close Up of Iznik Tiles

Off to Istanbul Modern and tomorrow we brave the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.

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