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Istanbul from the Sea

The Turkish flag flies from the back of a ferry pulling out of the Golden Horn - the ancient port of Constantinople / Istanbul. The New Mosque is ( 1663 ) is to the right.


The Hagia Sophia from the Golden Horn.


The Beyoglu neighborhood and the Galata Tower.


Out in the Bosphorus - a beautiful sailing yacht.


The Ortakoy Mosque on the Bosphorus completed in 1856.


The Kuleli Military School was the first military high school in Turkey, located on the Bosphorus. It was founded in 1845 by Sultan Abdulmecid I. Kaan Turkyilmaz, one of our hosts, graduated from here.


Beautiful traditional homes along the Bosphorus.


Fancy boats!


The Rumeli Hisari - or European Castle (aka as the "Throat Cutter.") This castle was built by the Ottomans in preparation for the final siege of Constantinople in 1453.


A wider view.


The remains of the Anatolia Hisari - or Asian Castle which sits across the Bosphorus from the Rumeli Hisari.


Along the Golden Horn - I believe that might be a dredging barge, not a fountain.


A wider (and later) view.



Enjoying a pleasant evening on the Bosphorus on the Asian side.


Fishing along the Bosphorus - they were catching tiny sardine-like fish with those giant poles.


A beautiful evening.


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