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Day 47

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.

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Visited the Basilica Cistern which is an old Roman underground reservoir for water, but beautifully designed architecture in the columns.

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(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.

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(Ceramic walls Topkapi Palace)

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Outdoor Turkish Restaurant tonight with traditional music & a 'Whirling Dervish'.

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Posted by warnerc5 08:12

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