Turkey - Istanbul
Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.
In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
The numerous interesting and historical places and images I took in Istanbul are described and shown here are by area. They range from Mosques, Churches, Bazaars, Palaces and Museums. For the breathtaking view across the city, you can climb the Galata Bridge, or take a Ferry ride to the city's Asian shore.