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August/September 2000

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22 August 
View from the roof terrace of Hotel Sarniç  towards the Blue Mosque  in the north ...
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22 August 
... and -- over quite common style residential houses -- towards the Sea of Marmara  in the south.
 

 

Sultanahmet

(Istanbul) 
23 - 25 August
First main point of the sightseeing is the European quarter Sultanahmet  with the objects of interest Yerebatan Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. -- Due to the devastating earthquake on 17 August 1999 the city was almost free from visitors; the more busy the dealers were trying to bring their commodity to sale ... Sultanahmet (Istanbul)
 

 
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24 August 
Mini buses at the port of Kadiköy ...
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24 August 
... and everyday life ...
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24 August 
... on the roads of the Asian quarter.
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24 August 
The railway station Haydarpasha  in the sunset.
 

 

From Üsküdar
to Eminönü

(Istanbul) 
26 August
Violent summer thunderstorms are quite common in Istanbul. During the trip back by ferry-boat from the Asian quarter Üsküdar, a violent hail shower took place. Therefore the boat had to stop temporarily because of poor visibility. Back in the port of Eminönü  several centimetres of hail covered the ground. The roads down-leading from Sultanahmet  had changed into broad brooks. Nevertheless a little later everyday life on the Bosporus  bank went on ... From Üsküdar to Eminönü (Istanbul)

Bosporus Trip

(Istanbul) 
28 August
The Bosporus  connects the Black Sea  with the Sea of Marmara  and is one of most busy water ways in the world. Apart from that it forms the border between Europe and Asia. At its southern end Istanbul spreads on both sides. The route leads from the port of Eminönü  in a zigzag course between the European and Asian bank to Anadolu Kavagi and lasts about 90 minutes. Bosporus Trip (Istanbul)

Taksim and
Dolmabahçe
Palace

(Istanbul) 
29 August
The Dolmabahçe Palace  was built in the time of 1843-1856 under Sultan Abdülmecit I  in the style of the Turkish Renaissance and replaced the Topkapi Palace  as residence of the sultans. The enormous palace facility occupies an area close to 250,000 m², extends over a length of approximately 600 m on the European bank of the Bosporus  containing 250 rooms and 46 halls together with 28 baths and 4 hamams, which are extremely splendid and equipped wastefully with marble, alabaster and gold. The palace is open to visitors as a public museum since 1952. Taksim and Dolmabahçe Palace (Istanbul)

Topkapi Palace

(Istanbul) 
31 August
The Topkapi Palace (New Imperial Palace)  dates from the time after 1465 and was the residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 19th century. Today the vast palace facility is a museum accommodating extensive valuable collections of porcelain, handwritings, portraits, garbs, crown jewels and weapons from the Ottoman Empire. Further precious objects are the Holy Mantle  and other sacred relics of prophet Mohamed  exhibited in separate chambers. Topkapi Palace (Istanbul)

Princes Islands

(Istanbul) 
1 September
The Princes Islands, respectively Adalar Islands, locate approximately 20 km southeast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara. They can be reached comfortably from Eminönü  by ferry-boat within a 90 min travel. The islands, in former times a feared banishing place, nowadays are a popular recreation area. Motor traffic is not permitted, so that locomotion is possible only by foot or with a horse-drawn carriage. Princes Islands (Istanbul)
 

 
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04 September 
Visit at the Confectioner Çigdem ...
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04 September 
... and his clay-made sultan.
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06 September 
Picture from the Mosaic Museum  in Sultanahmet.
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07 September 
View of Sultanahmet  from Haydarpasha.
 

 

Mosque
of Princes /
Suleyman
Mosque

(Istanbul) 
8 September
Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent  established the Mosque of Princes (Sehzade Mehmed Mosque)  in memory of his favourite son Mehmed  in the year 1544. The mosque built by the architect Mimar Sinan  impresses with its clear structure without frills and its simple elegance. 
The Suleyman Mosque  located nearby was built under the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent  during 1550-1557. The mosque is the main work of the architect Mimar Sinan  (later defined by himself as a journeyman's piece) and is an example of Ottoman style of the Islamic art. The complex comprises an outer and an inner courtyard, slim minarets and ten balconies. A 53 meter high dome vaulting the prayer area is the largest of more than 500 subsidiary domes. The mosque is praised by poets as "Gloss and Joy of Istanbul".
Mosque of Princes (Istanbul)
Suleyman Mosque (Istanbul)
 

 
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09 September 
Arrival on the Atatürk Airport  at 3:56 o'clock.
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09 September 
Departure is substantially delayed, but Nescafé eases ...
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09 September 
... similarly as an early Wopper jr.  at 7:17 o'clock.
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09 September 
Return flight with a B737-800 from Istanbul to Bremen.

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