Mosque

825q – Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

29 Sep , 2018  

Saturday 29th September is a sunny, humid day with a shower in the afternoon. After the usual excellent breakfast we spend the day exploring the Asian side of Istanbul, something we’ve not done to date. We walk through Gulhane park (all completed with pretty fountains and flower beds) and pass the Sirkeci station (also now […]

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Mosque

795j – Isa Bey Camii

21 Sep , 2017  

Isa Bey Camii, Ephesus

At the bottom of the hill is an unusual mosque. Built in the late 14th century it is architecturally a transition between Selcuk and Ottoman styles. It has a double domed main hall supported by Roman columns and a lovely courtyard surrounded by very high walls. Enjoy the tranquility of the place. After arriving back […]

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Mosque

767p – Blue Mosque

29 Sep , 2016  

Sultan Ahmet Camii, Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Thursday 29th is a slower start (Paul suffering from a cold). We enjoy a super breakfast outside in the courtyard garden where we are joined by one of the hotel cats. The¬†Sultan Ahmet Camii is also known as the Blue Mosque due to the predominant colour of the decoration and is a short walk from […]

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767o – Suleymaniye Mosque

28 Sep , 2016  

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

We make our way to this super mosque, a very spiritual place built in the mid 16th century and commissioned by Suleyman the Magnificent. The complex was designed by Suleyman’s Imperial architect Sinan. It is a soaring space, airy, but calming and very moving. Chat to one of the mosque volunteers and ask him questions […]

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Castle, Mosque, Walk

767d – Egirdir walk

21 Sep , 2016  

Egirdir Lake

Wednesday 21st September begins very sunny and warm (mid 20s) but we do have some wind and rain in the late evening. We spend half a day exploring the town. We begin by walking around the small peninsula headland again to see it in the daylight (passing a rare survivor, an Orthodox church, sadly closed) […]

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730w – Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

6 Oct , 2015  

Lala Mustafa Pasa Camii, Famagusta

This used to be St Nicholas cathedral, built in the early 14th century to a Gothic design modelled on Reims cathedral in France. We donate 10TL as we enter; the warden points out some of the features including a circular hole in the ceiling that looks like a heart as you move away¬†from it. The […]

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Mosque

730a – Selimiye Mosque

27 Sep , 2015  

North Nicosia

After a super vegetarian breakfast consisting of salad, olives, cheeses, egg and melon at our lovely hotel we spend the morning and early afternoon exploring Nicosia. The northern side of the city is much less developed and on our first day ,quiet as it is a Sunday so few shops are open. Our hotel is […]

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