Sunday 30th September, our last day, is one of mixed fortunes. A fresher day, we manage to avoid the few showers apart from a spot of drizzle in the late evening. Of the four things planned, only one happens much to my dismay.The former Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (known as Little Aya Sofia) is closed, as is the nearby Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, plus later to our total disgust, the Gulhane Park which is the only way to enter the museum of Islamic Science and Technology.
The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is the most expensive place we visit at 25TL each, but it is well worth it, and the day is redeemed due to this museum. The building is lovely, the former palace of Ibrahim Pasa, Suleyman the Magnificent’s gifted vizier. Displayed chronologically there are many beautiful Korans, carpets, pots, tiles etc, all very well displayed with excellent English labelling and explanations. It is not too busy either and there are good views from the upper terrace area. An excellent museum.
We then do some exploring, taking in the Sirkeci station, the Sublime Porte gateway, Alay Pavilion, Hippodrome are, peer into the area near the Aya Sophia which is still being excavated, Constantine’s column, and generally enjoy taking in the other grand buildings.