[travel] Turkey: Istanbul Part 2

This is the 2nd post of Istanbul and will include the Hagia Sophia, Archeological Museum, and Topkapi Palace.  The 1st post of Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and the general streets of Istanbul are here.

Let’s start with Hagia Sophia, which was probably my favorite site in Istanbul.  This church, converted mosque, converted museum is one of a kind and literally took my breath away…

 

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

Jane's Lens - Hagia Sophia

 

Istanbul Archeological Museum

This is a place we unexpectedly spent the most time in because it holds a surprisingly wide collection of artifacts excavated from all over the country and beyond.  From old tablets to Egyptian and Christian Sarcophagus, to an Islamic coin collection, etc. it does an excellent job of displaying Istanbul/Turkey through the ages.

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Sarcophagus

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Egyptian Sarcophagus

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Alexander Sarcophagus

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Christian sarcophagus…from the Crusade??

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Golden Horn chain. This chain was used to protect the city of Constantinople from naval attacks.

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Islamic coins

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

tile mihrab and the “Fountain of Youth”

Jane's Lens - Istanbul Archeological Museum

Excavation from a shipwreck in the Byzantine period, only discovered in June 2011…believed to be from 4th-5th century AD

Excavation from a shipwreck in the Byzantine period, only discovered in June 2011…believed to be from 4th-5th century AD

 

Topkapi Palace

This palace used to be the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years.  Unfortunately photos were not permitted in any of the collection rooms but there are some serious holy relics kept here, like Muhammad’s cloak and sword, Moses’s staff (yes, I said Moses), David’s sword, Abraham’s pot, just to name a few.  There are also various collections of wardrobes, jewelry, weapons, pottery, etc.  Ladies, among the jewelry is an 86-carat diamond, named the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” because apparently a poor fisherman found this shiny rock and not knowing what it was, sold it in the market for 3 spoons.  Could you imagine finding an 86-carat diamond on the beach???!!

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace

Jane's Lens - Topkapi Palace



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