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House on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

House on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul, Turkey:  The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world, until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent transformed the then church into a mosque, added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia.  by MichaelLevy

Istanbul, Turkey: The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world, until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent transformed the then church into a mosque, added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia. by MichaelLevy

Sakirin Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey (Sakirin Mosque is situated between Kadikoy and Uskudar on the Asian side of Istanbul and is fairly accessible from most parts of the city.)

Sakirin Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey (Sakirin Mosque is situated between Kadikoy and Uskudar on the Asian side of Istanbul and is fairly accessible from most parts of the city.)

Sunday Breakfast in Lacivert Restaurant, Istanbul

Sunday Breakfast in Lacivert Restaurant, Istanbul

visitheworld:    French street in Istanbul, Turkey (by Anastassiya Lukyanova).

visitheworld: French street in Istanbul, Turkey (by Anastassiya Lukyanova).

Küçüksu Palace or Küçüksu Pavilion, aka Göksu Pavilion, is a summer palace in Istanbul, Turkey

Küçüksu Palace or Küçüksu Pavilion, aka Göksu Pavilion, is a summer palace in Istanbul, Turkey

View across the Golden Horn: Karaköy & Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey // #Haliç

View across the Golden Horn: Karaköy & Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey // #Haliç

Istanbul

Istanbul

Cihangir Çukurcuma Beyoğlu ...

Cihangir Çukurcuma Beyoğlu ...

Baklava at Hafiz Mustafa, Istanbul

Baklava at Hafiz Mustafa, Istanbul

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