Beyazit, Bazaar Area and Eminönü
|The Grand Bazaar is one of the world's oldest and largest, the largest among several in Istanbul. It has more then 3300 shops and stands, 18 portals, 7 fountains and a mosque. The covered bazaar was founded by Mehmet II in 1461. It was burnt down five times.|
|Grand Bazaar has developed to look like a shopping galleria lately||Grand Bazaar|
|The entrance to the Grand Bazaar.|
|There are many lamps for sale in the Grand bazaar, and many Turkish flags can be seen.||One of the more narrow passages|
|Antique market/old bazaar||Pedestrian street outside the bazaar|
|Nuruosmaniye Mosque (Camii) outside the bazaar||Nuruosmaniye Mosque|
|Nuruosmaniye Caddesi, a green pedestrian street near the grand bazaar.|
|BEYAZIT SQUARE AND ISTANBUL UNIVERSTIY:|
|Beyazit Square (Beyazit Meydani) is a large, green square between the university an the grand bazaar. It was built in Constantinopel during the Byzantine period, originally as Forum Tauri, later as Forum of Theodosius. The building in the center is the Calligraphy Museum.||
Calligraphy Museum at Beyazit Square. The square is situated between the districts Fatih and Beyazit.
|Istanbul University, historic main entrance leading to the university park.||Istanbul University|
|Beyazit Mosque at Beyazit Square|
Beyazit Square with university and mosque
Police HQ near Beyazit Square. The police outside had machine guns!
|Turkish garbage boys|
|Eminönü, here seen from the Bosphorus ferry, is a neighbourhood at the southern edge of Golden Horn. Here you can find the Galata bridge, the ferry terminal that takes you to the Asian side or the cruise along the Bosphorus, the Sirkeci railway station and the Egyptian bazaar with the spice market.||
Süleymaniye Mosque and the Galata Bridge, the famous bridge above the Golden Horn between Eminönü and Galata/Karaköy.
|Yeni Mosque (or Valide Sultan Camii, left) and Süleymaniye Mosque (right), Istanbul's largest mosque. From this place we heard loud call for prayers.||
Looking East towards the Topkapi Palace
|The boat to Asia at the Eminönü ferry terminal.||
This fog! But we made a cruise along the Bosphorus instead, the day after.
|SIRKECI STATION AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AROUND IT:|
|Sirkeci Station, the most famous railway station on the European side. Once the end station of the Orient Express, still terminal station for all trains from Europe. Considering that, the station itself feels surprisingly small. The station was inaugurated in 1890 and drawn by August Jachmund.||
Old vs modern Turkish trains.
|The traditional Turkish restaurant Orient Express at Sirkeci Station is famous.||
Interior of the restaurant
|Details of Sirkeci Gan (station)|
|Ankara Caddesi||Ankara Caddesi and Sirkeci station|