Saturday, March 28, 2015

Euro Spring 2015 Pictures - Day One

Pictures from Part 2 - Reconnaissance

Getting a Idea of the Size of What Was the Ancient Hippodrome
(Looking in both directions and across from about the center)

Viewing the Obelisk
This obelisk was raised by Theodosius I in 390 AD
The original base has scenes of them transporting the obelisk and of the chariot race itself

Blue Mosque Scenes

Aya Sophia Scenes

Sultans Tomb Scenes
Our first inside look at Islamic architecture here
The tomb of this sultan has those of his five sons who he had murdered on the same day as the one chosen to succeed him was appointed so there would be no challengers to the throne.
Might be a good idea for our politics.

For Something Lighter
I found it interesting that these houses were built on a street right between the Aya Sophia and the Topkopa Palace.


Agent W and The Derf said...

Wonderful pictures!

alexis said...

wow, all looks very familiar but I'm impressed how much busier the touristy bits are from when we went which wasn't much earlier in the year. But we couldn't have worn short sleaves either!