Sunday June 17, 2012
After breakfast at our hotel ... we visit Hagia Sophia, the 'Church of Divine Wisdom' ...
Breakfast at the 9th floor. Lentil soup for breakfast, ha-ha. Buffets are always interesting in a foreign country.
First we sat down in front of it while our guide gave us a big lesson. He is so excited about everything that it is really fun ... even if you can't recall all of it.
Hagia Sophia was the first building with a great big space under a dome in the middle and not with a flat roof supported by many pillars. It is absolutely mind boggling when you walk around in it. It was the largest cathedral in the world and stayed like it for a thousand years.
This is the inner entry door and we saw our first mosaic.
video also and that too is not good enough for you to get an impression. There are a lot of beautiful man-made things in the world and a lot of old buildings too, but without question this is an outstanding work and work-of-art especially considering its age and the many earthquakes it survived.
Heart-designs for my HLG lace friends.
Emperor and Empress left and right. The interesting thing here that the faces and names of the 'royals' were changed every time the person on the throne changed. You can see the changes.
Meeting afterwards ...
Inside the spice market. Aykut recommends this vendor. We get an informative presentation by the owner.
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From Aykut's CD:
Day 3 Sunday 06.17.2012 (Istanbul)
- Hagia Sophia (Justinian, Built in 532-537 AD)
- Walking through Soğukçeşme sokak where there are old style Turkish Houses (Not in the Program. Learning & Discovery)
- Lunch on own
- Taking the tram to Eminönü for the Spice Market
- Spice Market
- Baklava Stop in Karaköy (Not in the Program. Learning & Discovery)
- Taking the second oldest subway system to Beyoğlu
- Walking through Istiklal Street through Art Noveou Style Buildings
- Port talk about the following day’s Program
Overnight at CVK Hotel, Istanbul