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Topkapı Palace

The Topkapı palace is the oldest and largest palace in the world to survive to this day.  It was a resident for the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years.  The palace is situated right on the Bosphorus river, with a gorgeous view of the city, river, Marmara sea, and the Golden Horn.  The sprawling complex has […]

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

The ‘Blue Mosque’ is in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul and was built in the early 1600s.  It is a functioning mosque, but they allow tourists in to parts of it.  It was gorgeous inside, with intricate mosaic tilework and grand domed ceilings with huge chandeliers.  I’ve heard it gets crowded, but we arrived a […]

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar was as grand as we imagined it- a riot of color, texture, and exotic smells.  There were Turkish towels everywhere, bright lanterns, tons of jewelry, unfamiliar sweets and spices, and everything else you could think of.  It is the one of the largest indoor bazaars and the world’s first shopping mall.  There […]