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Seen - Maiden Tower on the Bosporus Istanbul. Sitting between Europe and Asia and easily viewed close up from one of the inexpensive commuter ferries that cross the straits.

Seen - Maiden Tower on the Bosporus Istanbul. Sitting between Europe and Asia and easily viewed close up from one of the inexpensive commuter ferries that cross the straits.

It is one of the oldest Istanbul hamams dating back to Selim II’s era. The bath section was built by the famous Ottoman architect, Sinan, in 1584. A visit to Çemberlitaş hamam can be one of the best Turkish bathing experiences under the huge dome. Try to plan your visit on a sunny day, so that you can get to lay on the göbektaşı, the large hot central stone, while the sunlight beams stream through the holes of the dome ceiling.

It is one of the oldest Istanbul hamams dating back to Selim II’s era. The bath section was built by the famous Ottoman architect, Sinan, in 1584. A visit to Çemberlitaş hamam can be one of the best Turkish bathing experiences under the huge dome. Try to plan your visit on a sunny day, so that you can get to lay on the göbektaşı, the large hot central stone, while the sunlight beams stream through the holes of the dome ceiling.

Photo: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Photo: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

İstanbul.

İstanbul.

Sirkeci Train Station, Istanbul, Turkey

Sirkeci Train Station, Istanbul, Turkey

The Incredible Basilica Cistern of Istanbul

The Incredible Basilica Cistern of Istanbul

Imperial Harem at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey by Ferry Vermeer (slowing down), via Flickr

Imperial Harem at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey by Ferry Vermeer (slowing down), via Flickr

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish sweets shop in Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish sweets shop in Istanbul, Turkey

Spice Market in Istanbul

Spice Market in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istambul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istambul, Turkey

Cağaloğlu Hamamı - Turkish baths in Istanbul

Cağaloğlu Hamamı - Turkish baths in Istanbul

If you ever visit Istanbul, do not be shy, the experience of a Turkish bath is not to be missed.

If you ever visit Istanbul, do not be shy, the experience of a Turkish bath is not to be missed.

GRAND BAZAAR - Istanbul this is the Bazaar the The Tea Party song "The Bazaar" is referring to, one of my favorite songs!

GRAND BAZAAR - Istanbul this is the Bazaar the The Tea Party song "The Bazaar" is referring to, one of my favorite songs!

Turkish Spice vendor, Istanbul, Turkey | Photo and caption by John Lacey | to share on http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2011/entries/67452/view/

Turkish Spice vendor, Istanbul, Turkey | Photo and caption by John Lacey | to share on http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2011/entries/67452/view/

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul.  One of the  most incredible buildings to stand inside of in the world.

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul. One of the most incredible buildings to stand inside of in the world.