Beyazit Mosque near Istanbul University
Chandalier in Beyazit Mosque near Istanbul University
Detail in the Dome of Beyazit Mosque
Detail in the mihrab (a niche in the wall that marks the direction of Mecca) in Suleymaniye Mosque
Dome of Suleymaniye Mosque
Main courtyard entrance to Suleymaniye Mosque
Wash basins below exterior walkway at Suleymaniye Mosque
Interior dome of Suleymaniye Mosque
Nave of Suleymaniye Mosque
Interior of Suleymaniye Mosque
View towards the Minbar in Suleymaniye Mosque (A minbar is a "high" pulpit used by the Imam for the Friday sermon)
Stained glass in Suleymaniye Mosque
Detail in the dome of Suleymaniye Mosque
Grave sites on grounds of Suleymaniye Mosque
Burial grounds alongs side Suleymaniye Mosque
Ceiling of the tomb of Suleyman
Court yard in Topkapi Palace
View across the Bosphorus of the New European side of Istanbul and Galta Tower taken from Topkapi Palace
A tile in Topkapi Palace
Highly decorated tile wall in Topkapi Palace
Mother of Pearl insets in a door at Topkapi Palace
Tile in Topkapi Palace (reverse negative)
Ornamentation in a ceiling at Topkapi Palace
Ceiling in Topkapi Palace
Imperial Architect Mehmet Aga was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I. Because of the similarity of the words in Arabic, he mistankingly built the Mosque with "Six" Minarets, rather than "Gold" Minarets.
Minaret. Minarets are an architectural element of Mosques. Only Imperial Mosques have more than one. The muezzin broadcasts the call to prayer over loudspeakers installed on Minarets.
Detail in the Dome of the Blue Mosque
Carpet design in the Blue Mosque
Commemorative guide books in many languages
Shopping available outside of EVERY historic or tourist attraction
Ayasophia Museum. Orginally built as a place of Christian worship in the 6th Century during the Byzantine period. The Hagia Sophia later became a Mosque and is now a museum.
Mosiac depitions of Christianity that were covered in concrete when the church became a mosque. Fortunately this artwork was preserved and later uncovered.
Column detail in Hagia Sohpia