This is the route through Turkey that we took, starting from Istanbul and ending in Fethiye.
This mosque was built in the early 17th century by Sultan Ahmet. The more common name, Blue Mosque, is due to the 20,000 blue İznik tiles on the walls inside.
These are the doors along the side of the Blue Mosque from the courtyard.
This church was constructed in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. This architectural marvel was completed in less than 6 years. After Constantinople was conquered in the 15th century, the Ottomans converted the Ayasofya into a mosque.
The Ayasofya was converted into a museum in 1935. It now displays a mix of the mosque decorations and the ancient church mosaics as restoration continues.
The cistern built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century allowed the city to face long sieges. The structure contains 336 columns that are 8m tall.
A view of the Galata Tower and Atatürk bridge from a boat on the Golden Horn.
It is hard to imagine that the hippodrome was an arena that seated over thirty thousand people since all that remains are a few obelisks.
A terrace in the fourth courtyard overlooks the Golden Horn.
Topkapi Palace was the private residence of the Ottoman Sultan and his relatives. Up to five thousand people could live in the palace.
A view from our hotel terrace.
This is the view from Topkapi Palace up the Bosphorus, with Europe on the left and Asia on the right.