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İstanbul

Original name Byzantion, a Greek city founded in 667 BC. Became Constantinople when Constantine, one of the co-emperors of the Roman Empire, cut the ribbon on a new capital city for his part of the empire (the eastern part) in AD 330. It then served as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (also known as Byzantium) until the conquest by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The modern Turkish republic changed the name to İstanbul in the 20th century.

So... there's a lot of history here!
Archeology museum: Alexander sarcophagus
Archeology museum: Alexander sarcophagus
Lycean Sarcophagus
"Lycean" Sarcophagus
Note the fine detail
Note the fine detail
Tile work
Tile work
Aya Sophia
Aya Sophia
Center of the World
Center of the World
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Jesus Pantocrator, inside the Chora Church Museum
Jesus Pantocrator, inside the Chora Church Museum
Not crowded at all...
Not crowded at all...
Mary and Christ Child
Mary and Christ Child
St. Peter
St. Peter
St. Paul
St. Paul
The Resurrection
The Resurrection
Old city wall
Old city wall
Kastoria Synagogue Wall and Gate
Kastoria Synagogue Wall and Gate
Banat neighborhood
Banat neighborhood
Orthodox Church Patriarchite
Orthodox Church Patriarchite
Byzantine eagle
Byzantine eagle
Inside the Church of St. George
Inside the Church of St. George
Relics
Relics
Up the Bosphorus to the Sea (Black Sea, that is)
Up the Bosphorus to the Sea (Black Sea, that is)
That's it
That's it
Black Sea
Black Sea
Fishing boats
Fishing boats
Orient Express station
Orient Express station
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
Some large carpets in this museum
Some large carpets in this museum
Calligraphy
Calligraphy
Koran holder
Koran holder
Funicular
Funicular
Republic Monument
Republic Monument
The Grand Church (Orthodox)
The Grand Church (Orthodox)
İstiklal Avenue
İstiklal Avenue
From the Galata Tower
From the Galata Tower
Where the waters meet
Where the waters meet
Galata Bridge
Galata Bridge
Typical crowd on the bridge
Typical crowd on the bridge
Inside the Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque
Huge pillars
Huge pillars
Inside the Grand Bazaar
Inside the Grand Bazaar
Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace
Courtyard of the Queen Mother
Courtyard of the Queen Mother
Apartment in Harem
Apartment in Harem
Courtyard of the Favorites
Courtyard of the Favorites
Dome in Reception Hall
Dome in Reception Hall
Double Colonnade of the Privy Chamber
Double Colonnade of the Privy Chamber
Sofa Pavilion
Sofa Pavilion
Inner Narthex, Aya Sophia
Inner Narthex, Aya Sophia
Emperor's Gate
Emperor's Gate
View of nave from the 2nd level
View of nave from the 2nd level
Big walls and columns
Big walls and columns
Mosaic in the apse
Mosaic in the apse
The Arabic words
The Arabic words
Deisis Mosaic
Deisis Mosaic
Simit, anyone?
Simit, anyone?