I have so much to write about when it comes to Istanbul, Turkey. It's definitely one of the most dynamic and interesting big cities I think I've ever visited, and I packed as much as possible into my 2 days there.
But the tales of markets, mosques, and carpet salesmen will have to wait. Today, I just want to share my Istanbul experience with you via a collection of photos.
Here, then, is Istanbul through my eyes (or, I suppose my camera lens):
Istanbul in photos
Outside the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) in the morning:
The ornate tiled dome of the Blue Mosque — easily the most popular place to visit in Istanbul:
The courtyard of the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by the famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1557. This mosque is the second-largest in Istanbul:
The carpeting inside the Suleymaniye Mosque – I love the bright orange!
Looking out over Istanbul from behind the Suleymaniye Mosque:
Some of the amazing blue-and-white Iznik tiles inside the Rustem Pasha Mosque, in Istanbul's Eminonu district. THIS mosque should be called the “blue mosque” if you ask me:
A pretty residential street in Istanbul:
A water view of the Bosporus:
In the Spice Bazaar (AKA Egyptian Bazaar):
In the square outside Hagia Sofia:
Inside the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia. This basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum nearly brought me to tears:
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I don't think I could ever tire of Hagia Sophia:
Men fishing off the Galata Bridge:
Inside the maze-like Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets:
Glass lanterns hanging in the Grand Bazaar:
A view out over Istanbul — check out all the satellite dishes:
With no minarets in the background, you probably would never guess this tranquil scene came from Turkey, am I right:
Istanbul's underground Basilica Cistern:
Cruising the Bosporus during the “golden hour”:
Rumeli Hisari, a fortress on a hill on the European side of the city:
Cruising on the Bosporus at dusk:
If you've never been to Istanbul, I highly recommend adding it to your list. It's unlike anywhere else I've visited in the world — in a good way.
If you're interested in seeing some of these spots for yourself in Istanbul, I managed to see them on a tour of “Hidden Istanbul,” combined with a ride on a hop-on, hop-off bus, and a Bosporus cruise.
Which Istanbul photo is your favorite?
Amanda Williams is the award-winning blogger behind A Dangerous Business Travel Blog. She has traveled to more than 60 countries on 6 continents from her home base in Ohio, specializing in experiential and thoughtful travel through the US, Europe, and rest of the world. Amanda only shares tips based on her personal experiences and places she's actually traveled!