12.11.2012 - 12.11.2012
Woken by 'Call to Prayer' this morning at 5am-quite enchanting!
Walked through the Blue Mosque- beautiful. Gets it's name from the glazed tiles decorating the inside-all shades of blue. Ceramic tiles are very common for decorating throughout the city.
Visited the Basilica Cistern which is an old Roman underground reservoir for water, but beautifully designed architecture in the columns.
(Teardrop column in Basilica Cistern)
Short walk through the Grand Bazaar-huge so we'll go back again. Selling everything from jewellery to leather to clothing to homewares.
Topkapi Palace after lunch. Huge palace grounds so took a few hours. Lots of Mozaics & painted glass windows.
(Ceramic walls Topkapi Palace)
Outdoor Turkish Restaurant tonight with traditional music & a 'Whirling Dervish'.