When I first told my friends and family, that we are planning a trip to Istanbul, many asked us Why Istanbul, What’s there is Istanbul, Why don’t you go to Europe? etc…I tried to answer, but don’t think I was able to convince many. I hope this series of pictures will do a better job of it. I tried to capture and convey my love for this exotic city, its beautiful and friendly people, its awe inspiring monuments and the delicious food available at each and every corner. Istanbul is truly a great city, where the old and the new co-exist, with a unique character of its own.
This post has pictures of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque – two of the most recognized monuments of Istanbul. Will post more in coming days.
Hagia Sophia used to be an Orthodox church, later a mosque and now a museum. When we saw the serpentine queue for the tickets, we hoped it wasn’t just an overpriced tourist trap. It was anything but that. The ambience in there was beautiful in spite of the hordes of tourists.