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This is a compilation of photos of the beautiful Chora Church (if you’re trying to find it Lonely Planet lists this as its address: Kariye Camii Sokak Edirnekapı) in Istanbul, Turkey. The church is decorated all over with beautiful and intricate mosaics that depict the lives of Mary and Jesus. The church was a little hard for us to find, we took a taxi and we tried multiple times with different drivers, but many didn’t know where we were talking about (which is why I included the address) HOWEVER, it is an incredible little church with fantastic mosaics, and some paintings as well, both of which are fairly well preserved. I recommend a visit to this church, it is definitely one of the more hidden treasures that Istanbul has to offer.

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These pictures show the Basilica Cistern (the Turkish name is Yerebatan Sarayı) in Istanbul, Turkey. This beautiful underground structure was built by Justinian in 532 C.E., and it’s a really interesting place to visit. Not only is it pretty, but it’s really an amazing architectural feat when you think about how long it’s been standing and how good it looks despite its age. This is a great place to escape the heat on a summer day, and it’s just a really neat place to hang out for a little bit. Not pictured here (but i’ll put it up soon) are some very cool pillars with statues of Medusa’s head supporting them. This is one of the main attractions in Istanbul, and it’s within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Just a heads up, it is a bit dark in here and it tends to be damp, so if you’re planning on visiting have appropriate footwear and be sure to watch your step.

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Another picture of the spices for sale at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Again, the Bazaar is a great place to shop for tourists, but it’s not super touristy. The vendors are friendly, and it’s a great environment to walk around in. If you want more information look at the other post about spices.

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This is a close up of a painting in a beautiful little church on the European side of Istanbul, in Turkey. The church also had an amazing amount of beautiful mosaics, most of which were incredibly well preserved. This painting struck me particularly, because it looks like the area surrounding the eyes may have been removed deliberately for some reason. This church is called Chora Church, and this little hidden gem is absolutely worth a visit, another one of Istanbul’s beautifully artistic pieces of architecture. More pictures of the Mosaics will follow 🙂

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This picture was taken at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Bazaar has a lot to offer, spices, teas, and turkish delight are plentiful here. The Bazaar also has a plethora of more tourist oriented shopping; purses, hats, touristy tee shirts, dresses, little lamps, decorative ceramics, really anything you are looking for, you can find it here. And it’s super fun to visit, even if you aren’t actually in the market for anything. The vendors are friendly, and bargaining/ haggling is acceptable!

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Hagia Sophia

This photo was taken in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The Hagia Sophia was the largest unsupported dome for 1,000 years. This landmark is truly an architectural masterpiece, beautiful inside and out. This famed sight is conveniently located just across the way from another of Istanbul’s famous landmarks; the Blue Mosque. Both of these are amazing places and ABSOLUTELY worth visiting. The square that lays between these two is home to a couple of nice lawns and benches to sit on while enjoying the view, there are also plenty of little food trollies around selling pretzels, corn, lollipops, and other snack foods.

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