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Day 2 - Istanbul - Hagia Sophia

Sultan Ahmed is the historic suburb of Istanbul where all the major museums and sighseeing activities are. My Hotel was in this area, and turned out to be in a great spot since it was not that far from the city "metro" yet far enough from the busier parts to be quiet enough for peaceful sleep at night. The metro system took some time to figure out, particularly since one doesn't find as many people who can speak English in Istanbul as one would find in other cities. But once I'd figured out how it worked, it saved me a good bundle in taxi fares. Also created more sightseeing opportunities for me too as it would happen often that I saw something interesting from the Metro and then stepped off at the next stop to take a closer look.

Day 2 early morning (Sunday) found myself at the Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's greatest attractions. The Hagia Sophia was constructed in 537 and until 1453 was an Eastern Orthodox cathedral of Constantinople, then after 1453 to 1931 a mosque, and after 1931 secularized and opened as a museum. Here are some of the photos I took around it.

On the backside of Hagia Sophia in addition to an abundance if cats, also this chicken family:


Back on the front garden leading up to the Hagia Sophia, someone still fully asleep (took it early on Sunday morning):

And as per usual a dog that is quite at ease on the side of the Hagia Stophia:

2 blog comments below

Thanks for posting the pictures, Dean. You sure get a kick out of taking photos of animals. Laughing Guess there was not too much to see expect the Hagia Sophia. again Laughing I did look at other days post. As an engineer, ancient architecture amazes me in it's construction.
standready on Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:06 pm
True stand. I think I'm even more into animals in Istanbul because of how natural they are every where. Really a wonderful ambiance in the city.

I've got some more photos coming, hopefully next week. Didn't realize I'd taken that many.
deanhills on Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:41 am

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