|The Blue Mosque|
It is the first time I ever remember being inside a mosque and I was very impressed with the ornate interior.
This mosque was completed in 1616 and is still an active and popular mosque. It has a main dome, 6 minarets and 8 secondary domes and is considered to be the last mosque of the classical Islamic architecture.
The floors are covered with carpets which are regularly replaced as they wear out.
This museum is particularly famous for it’s huge dome which is said to have “changed the history of architecture” as the world’s largest cathedral for almost 1,000 years (until the Seville cathedral in 1520).
I was delighted that the waiter had insisted that I should take sugar in my coffee because it was bitter. Apparently, the sign of a good coffee is a thick foam at the top with no obvious grains in the foam or liquid.
A bit of an uphill hike the other side!
|The many mosques of the old city|
The 1.4km street is home to shops, theatres, cafes, patisseries, restaurants and libraries as well as the historical red tram.
It was tasty and clearly popular as the place was packed.
The palace was the main residence of the Ottoman sultans - their home between 1465-1856 - but is now a museum and major tourist attraction.
We went for dinner at the nearby Ottoman restaurant, Pasazade. I decided on Hünkar Beğendi (“Sultan’s Favourite”) which was a delicious choice - beef slices with apricots, apple and almonds on smoked aubergine / eggplant mash.