Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkiye ...the scale is so difficult to communicate in a photograph. Breathtaking.

Interior view of the Hagia Sophia, showing Islamic elements on the top ofthe main dome, Turkey. The Hagia Sophia originally built as a Christian church by Roman Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople (aka Istanbul).

The Galata Tower called Christea Turris by the Genoese is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Old Istanbul and its environs.

The Galata Tower called Christea Turris by the Genoese is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn.

Intricate intertwining floral vine design: tiles in TOPKAPI PALACE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Intricate intertwining floral vine design: tiles in TOPKAPI PALACE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Istanbul - Taksim - Galata http://www.kurbantravel.com/package/352/Istanbul%20Adha#.UlUS5VAbBrc

Cafes & restaurants in the area of the Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish), Istanbul, Turkey

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey - the only place I have ever taken a taxi between continents!  :-D

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey - the only place I have ever taken a taxi between continents! :-D Bosphorus Sunset Cruise

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