Day 1 cont. (Post 3 of 3) Words. So overrated, right? So here are some pictures instead. Pretty self explanatory, really – The Blue Mosque. I went before closing time, at night, to avoid the daytime queues, and on my way back to my lodgings following afternoon tea. All throughout Istanbul, the skyline is peppered with the minarets from the multitude of mosques that adorn the city. Can’t say I appreciated the early morning calls to prayer that blare out from them everywhere in Turkey. Inescapable. Still, a part of the wonderful tapestry that is Turkey. The Blue Mosque is one of the most majestic landmarks, built back in the 17th Century, its interior lined with thousands upon thousands of handmade tiles. It’s a sacred place of worship, so be sure to remove shoes and cover up. A quiet place for some solace amongst the bustling Sultanahment district. Highly recommend going at night to avoid the tour groups. Need a tour guide? I’m not your girl, but check out this webpage which has pretty much everything you need to know about the Blue Mosque. Entry: Free. Blue Mosque by night:
I’m looking really tired in this next photo. Over 8 hours at work, an 8.5hr flight, a 7-hour stopover, another 4.5hr flight, a few hours later in Istanbul, over 30 hours without sleep. I am definitely fading but needed the obligatory tourist photo in front of the Blue Mosque.
Inside the mosque: grand, tiled ceilings, low-hung lights.
Blue Mosque photo album.