The view of Istanbul from the roof of my hotel
The view of Istanbul from the roof of my hotel

After my week down by Gölcük, I had a day and a half to wander around Istanbul. It is a huge city, so I couldn’t visit all the places on the “must-see” list. However I hit a couple:

I walked through the Ayasofia (Hagia Sofia), a large cathedral built-in the 6th century that was converted to a mosque in the 15th century and a museum last century. It was the largest cathedral in the world for a thousand years. It was a pretty impressive structure.

I also visited the Basilica Cistern, which also dates from the 6th century. I did quick walks through the spice market and the grand bazaar.

Here are some pictures from the trip:

A view of my hotel, Art City Hotel, located in Old Town Istanbul
A view of my hotel, Art City Hotel, located in Old Town Istanbul
The Basilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern
A view of the Blue Mosque from the Ayasofia
A view of the Blue Mosque in the distance from the Ayasofia

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