Friday, October 15, 2010

View from Taksim

One is supposed to walk across the Galata bridge to the Beyoglu neighborhood, turn around and view the Istanbul (European side) from there and this is what you'll see, the bejewelled skyline with its numerous minarets. The waterway is very busy with all kinds of watercrafts, criss crossing the straits. Views of mosques and minarets can be be seen from every vantage point, no matter which angle the camera is pointing, its the same view. Mosques and minarets dot the skyline. This was Constantinople, home to the Byzantine Empire and most of the churches have been converted to mosques. Some churches became museums, the others are locked tight. We will visit my favorite church in later posts, church of St Savior in Chora.

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