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The beautiful colors, smells and sounds of the Old City is great for day trips, but do yourself a favor, stay on the other side of the Bosphoros. But when he started shooting down his ministers from the walls of the Topkapi Palace the big alarm went off. Sure enough, the house lights came on and everyone left the theatre. We very much enjoy walking through the Istiklal and the neighborhoods of the Pera. Suleiman Solomon the Magnificent expanded the glorification of the city.

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Street vendors are still selling fried mussels, and sesame coated bread along the street and in the markets. It was almost bankrupt.

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Fruit vendors push wheelbarrows up and down the hills, weighing out small bags of fruit with makeshift balance scales and lead weights. People accepted his idiosyncrasies for a while; feeding gold coins to the fish in the Palace Pool could have been looked on as charming. As the story goes, when the Turks captured Arabia, they took all the holy relics of Mohammed; the cloak, the teeth, the slatte, the sword, the staff, the footprint and a few documents.

Women decked out in the latest European fashions are standing side by side with country women in traditional Muslim dress. The Turks have been drinking ever since. By the beginning of the 17th century, the bloated and stagnant empire endured loss after loss to the Austrian-Hungarian empire on the rise.


This is our second visit to Istanbul. Many Delivery men still wear sleds strapped to their backs as they hump heavy crates up the ancient hills.

In the topkapl century, a cult surrounding the mystical, philosopher Bektashi sprang up in Cappadocia and became the spiritual guidance of the Janissary corps, the elite fighting machine of the Sultans.

Although we were assured that packs of them still roam the city, we never saw any. He introduced the western calendar, the 24hr clock and the latin alphabet. The last time we were here we took in a lot more of the sites; Topkapi, the mosques, Hagia Sofia, a boat ride down toopkapi Bosphoros, the bazaars, the basilica cistern, Dolmabahche Palace, the old Constantine Walls, the archeology museum, Byzantine churches and so much more.

The Tram will take you anywhere you want to go in the Old City for 1.

The marble execution block is still there. When the Turks reclaimed the city inthey tore xlate the grave and disposed of the body. He banned polygamy and women were given the right to vote in Istanbul these days is wonderful mixture of an old culture giving birth to a new city. Xlate favorite concubines lived in a separate wing over a large swimming pool; the same pool Mad Ibrahim drowned all of his harem women.

Since the Doge, Enrico Dandolo, of Venice organized the sack of Constantinople so he got to claim most the treasure.

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These were the quarters for the Queen mother, the young princes and the eunuchs who ran the Harem. Across the bridge is the Eninonu section of the city and the 17th century Egyptian Spice Market, one of our favorite Bazaars.


He poured a glass of alcohol and recited the line about not partaking of one drop. We very much enjoy walking through the Istiklal and the neighborhoods of the Pera. Find a hotel away from the Old City. Suleiman was the defining Sultan of the empire, loved by his people and feared by his enemies. He actually traveled through the country with a large slate blackboard to show the people the new words in person. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email. He was pretty crazy when he took the throne, but things got much worse.

In he gave people last names instead of son of ….

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The Tram runs down the topapi, there are great views from either end and the railings on both sides of the bridge are always filled with Istanbullus dropping fishing lines into the Bosphoros. However, we did see spate of merchant sharks. But the Turks consider themselves to be modern Muslims in every sense. This is the old Pera, once a wealthy suburb across the Bosphorus from the Old City.

His son Mehmed III had his 16 brothers strangled on the day of his succession. Others are more optimistic.