Thursday Doors: The Doors of Istanbul

Today for Thursday Doors we are again in Istanbul! My first photo is of a local restaurant that features seating with cushions around low tables or seating at tables and chairs, like we know it! The glass door slides open and covers the entire restaurant front! At night they just slide it shut! So, for the first photo I am standing in the doorway!

The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia translated from Greek means “Holy Wisdom.”  I think “Holy Wisdom” has kept this beautiful building from being destroyed. Hagia Sophia is just one of several beautiful structures in Istanbul. It was a Greek Orthodox Christian church, then a mosque, and now a museum. The Roman Empire’s first Christian Cathedral, from the date of it’s construction in 537 AD until 1453, served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedra and seat of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from  May 29, 1453 until 1931. It was then opened as a museum on February 1, 1935.  Famous in particular for it’s massive dome, it is considered the epitome of byzantine architecture. It remained the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520. The walls and ceilings have been left in both the Christian and Muslim traditions, where they were salvageable. It is truly one of those most remarkable sites! Some of my photos are from Hagia Sophia and some from the Blue Mosque. The architecture and color is undeniable in these sites.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

Here, we see Mary and Jesus and words from the Koran all in the same space.

The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

The filtered blue light casts a magical feel throughout!

The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Sultan Ahmed I. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue lights that frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It is situated next to Hagia Sophia.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

If you have ever wondered where the word turquoise comes from look no farther than Turkey! It is bathed in so many shades of BLUE!

The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

Now we are in the Sultan’s garden which looks out over the water! Compare the size of the doors to the man walking!

The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey
The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

And my final door in Istanbul is the opening in a tree! I hope you have enjoyed the doors of some of Istanbul’s famous sites!

The Doors of Istanbul, Turkey

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?

11 Comments Add yours

  1. How beautiful! I love Islamic architecture and all the blue tiles and mosaic work! Thank you for this lovely post x

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    1. I know, I have never seen so many shades of blue in architecture! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a remarkable place to visit! It has long been on my list of must-see places. There is simply so much amazing history to explore!

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    1. Thanks Joanne! It really is a very historic place!

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  3. Love all of this post. The entire restaurant in the first shot looks very plush and puffy. 🙂 Gorgeous all around.

    janet

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  4. Oh, yes the restaurants and the food is truly an unexpected find!

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    Thanks for the tour of these sites – there’s so much history in that city. You’ve captured some wonderful shots in this collection 🙂

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    1. Thank you Norm! Have a great weekend!

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  6. ianbcross says:

    Wonderful. Spectacular architecture with even more spectacular shots.

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  7. Great photos of the stunning architecture and tile work! I can’t imagine how many artisans and laborers it took to build the Hagia Sophia. It’s interesting how the once Greek Orthodox Church was modified to become an Ottoman mosque. Lots of history in Istanbul.
    Donna

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  8. Oh I would love to visit Istanbul! I love the blue Mosque and that roof dome. Such a great post Cady. Thank you for sharing. Xx

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