Spring 2011 - Istanbul
This spring, the family trip was to Istanbul. Being someone who is interested in ancient history, (interested enough to be starting an MSc in Archaeology in the fall...) Istanbul was such an exciting place to be!
The Blue Mosque was our first tourist destination. Known as the Blue Mosque because the inside is covered in blue Iznik tiles, the Mosque is definitely worth a visit. The Blue Mosque sits opposite the Hagia Sofia, the Roman/Byzantine Church then Mosque now Heritage Site. As the design of the Hagia Sofia helped to influence the building of many of the great Mosques around the world, I love that these two famous buildings face each other, as if reminding us.