The largest city in Turkey with a population of 14.4 million. The
largest urban agglomeration in Europe and the Middle East. The European
and Asian sides of the city are separated by the Bosphorus strait.
Tuesday, 29th April 2014
View from a boat on the Golden Horn, a wide inlet that leads off the Bosphorus just before it meets the Sea of Marmara. The Golden Horn creates a peninsula on which Istanbul’s historic centre stands, partially separated from the rest of the sprawling city. In front, one of Istanbul’s many sea-buses, which ferry people to destinations around the city. Behind, a main road jammed with cars and further back the rear of the large 17th century New Mosque.
The New Mosque (Yeni Cami). The main dome can be seen standing at 36 metres in height. It is surrounded by 66 smaller domes and semi-domes. One of the two minarets can be seen on the right side. Construction began in 1597, but was abandoned due to political discontent in 1603. The building then stood as a ruin until work restarted following the Great Fire of Istanbul in 1660 and was completed in 1665.
The capital of Turkey and the second largest city after Istanbul.
Thursday, 1st May 2014
Tony and Tatiana at the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. The mausoleum complex is located on a hill to the west of the centre. The site was constructed in stages between 1944 and 1953. Millions of people visit the mausoleum each year.
Tony and Tatiana next to a ceremonial guard standing along side a sentry box. The guard is dressed in dark green army uniform with a metal helmet and a rifle at his side. This is at the side of the large Ceremonial Plaza, which is 129 metres long and 84 metres wide. The Hall of Honour, containing Atatürk’s tomb, is in the background.
Tatiana and Tony inside the Hall of Honour. Atatürk’s sarcophagus can be seen standing on a raised platform. The 40-tonne sarcophagus is symbolic, with Atatürk’s actual tomb located below. The Hall of Honour is 41.6 metres by 57.3 metres in area and is 17 metres in height.
Tatiana and Tony either side of a stone lion. This is one of twelve pairs of lions that line the Road of Lions, a 262-metre long pedestrian walkway leading to the Ceremonial Plaza and mausoleum. The lions are carved in a similar style to Hittite archaeological finds.