After five days in Istanbul, a brief flight and three separate buses, our trip to Turkey took a turn towards tranquility as Ashley and I found ourselves in the town of Olympos. What was once an ancient Lycian city and is now a backpacker’s paradise, it boasts a beautiful beach and stunning views of the Mediterranean.
One of the best ways to take in the beauty of these surroundings is to climb a hill of ancient ruins that rewards the climber with quite the panoramic view.
To finish up my pictures from Istanbul, here is the first of two posts that will consist of miscellaneous shots from our wanderings around this beautiful city.
Mosque from our Airbnb apartment
The apartment from below
…and at night
Four Seasons Garden
Behind Hagia Sophia
Following up on my previous post, here are more pictures from my wanderings around the grounds of Topkapi Palace, with all of these taken outside of the Harem.
Topkapi Palace is another of Istanbul’s most widely known and visited attractions. This opulent complex was the home of Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. One of the most celebrated parts of the placae is the harem, which housed the Sultan’s family, wives and concubines. Wandering through these chambers, comprised of dozens of rooms, you truly feel transported to another time.
Another must see attraction in Istanbul, and one that I consider to be a slightly more stunning visit than the Blue Mosque, is the Hagia Sophia. Throughout its history, this impressive structure was a Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, a mosque, and is now a museum. Constructed between 532 and 537, it is considered the height of Byzantine architecture.
From the Second Level