Topkapi Palace

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To Ottoman sultans and their courts Topkapi Palace was home in Istanbul. This large palace complex includes royal living quarters, meeting and consultation rooms, libraries, a harem, and much more. In the Ottoman... READ MORE

Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

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Blue Mosque Facing Hagia Sophia and built in part of the hippodrome is Istanbul’s most spectacular mosque. The Blue Mosque isn’t the largest, but perhaps the most significant in Istanbul. Built in the... READ MORE

Hagia Sophia

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Many years ago, in my historic furnishings and architecture class I was introduced to Hagia Sophia. This Byzantine architecture of a massive building that still survived and was used 1,500 years later intrigued... READ MORE

I love Istanbul

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I am in love with Istanbul, Turkey! The city is awash with history, culture, architecture, faith, beauty, good eats, and more. I only spent two days there, but I fell in love. The... READ MORE