This week I thought we would look at some doors in Istanbul, Turkey. From the Sultania Hotel, near the historic district, we walked around the corner to a travel agency, where we met up with a small group, who were taking a boat tour around the Golden Horn! Istanbul is very modern…………. It is the link between Europe and the Middle East and is a fascinating blend of both worlds! I hope to show you that in my photos.
And then, there are the fabulous doors of the mansions and palaces on the Bosphorus Strait and around the Golden Horn. I want you to get the feel for the modern Istanbul first!
You may find that many of these buildings look familiar. They have been filmed many times for the James Bond Movies, especially the movie, From Russia With Love. Dolmabahçe Palace (below), was built by the thirty-first Sultan, when he didn’t think the Topkapı Palace was modern enough and keeping up with European standards. The construction of the new palace cost five million Ottoman gold lira, or 35 tons of gold, the equivalent of $1.5 billion in (2013) values. From 1856 to 1924 it was the home to six sultans. Dolmabahçe is the largest palace in Turkey. It is situated on 11.1 acres and contains 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths and 68 toilets. The palace became the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920’s.
And this door is one of many in the Eyüp Cemetery on Pierre Loti Hill. The tour of the muslim cemetery was one of the best tours I have ever been on. If you would like to read what I wrote about it, look HERE.
But, I can’t leave without some food photos, now can I?
Next week we’ll explore the historic churches and mosques in Istanbul! See you then!
This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0! Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?