Time to explore more on the day 2 as we walk more on the Sultanahment Square, next stop: The Blue Mosque.
On our way to the Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is another historic mosque in Istanbul. More popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior, it faces the Hagia Sofia and part of the history rich Sultanahmet Square.
Built from 1609 to 1616 during the rule of Ahmed, it contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. It is actually a working actual mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction as you visit Istanbul.
interiors of the mosque
low lying chandeliers
girls have to cover their legs as they enter the mosque
It was my second time to enter an actual mosque, one in Abu Dhabi, the Zayed Mosque and the other one would be this. Although you will feel the different feeling inside this mosque as it provides history and tradition, both still leaves me this charm and impression that if the world will just open to all possibilities and respect, maybe this world is a better place with peace and tranquillity.
Hippodrome of Constantinople was the former sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet with a few fragments of the original and ruins structure.
At first, I am not aware of the tall structures surrounding the area until I saw some old pictures of the square during the Byzantine Times. Hippodrome used to be the area then of the most popular past time and sports of the byzantines – Horse racing. Today you can see two tall obelisk in the square, which are walled obelisk and obelisk of Thuthose.
As we will end the first part of the day, we all agreed to see the famous Topkapi Palace and spend the after in the Gulhane Park, a historical park in Emininou. It is located adjacent to and on the grounds of the Palace and just a few walks from Cheers Hostel.
We enter the gate on the south end and thought that Topkapi’s entrance would be inside, with much love and strolling on the big park – we never managed to get inside the Topkapi due to lack of time. By then, we just took photos (again) and all agreed that to save our energy for we will have the famous Turkish bath afterwards.
See you later Hammam!