Project 365: Day 231 – A church! A mosque! A museum!


17th February 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey

At first, there was the great church of Constantinople, 
And then came the ottomans, and made it a mosque.
As we now stare at what Ataturk secularised into a museum.
We better stare quick. Tomorrow, the snow will put it to task.
hagia sophia, museum, istanbul, turkey, travel, photography

Enjoying the water, while it is still flowing. – Istanbul, Turkey

After all the portrait attempts yesterday, I took the late night bus to Istanbul. I had some friends visiting Istanbul, and I changed my plans a little bit to see Istanbul with them.

I found a rather cheap place near the Sultanahmet area. I had stayed around here just a few days ago, but had barely explored anything apart from the Galata bridge. So, I took a walk around the area today. Especially because the weather forecast had heavy snow on the horizon for the next couple of days.

The superstar around the Sultanahmet region, is the Hagia Sophia. Once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, it was the inspiration for a lot of the other ottoman mosques.

I hung around the museum, clicking the water fountain outside. I didn’t go inside the museum, because of the steep entry fee. I am planning on going in, but only after I buy a Museecart, the museum card of Istanbul, which lets me get into Hagia sophia and 10 other museums at only 85 Lira. Thats better instead of spending 30 Lira for each museum visit.

And now, I am getting ready for the snow tomorrow.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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