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Sunday, November 23, 2008

An Afternoon in Istanbul

Sultan Ahmet Mosque from afar... it is magnificent.

Awww, this mosque only has one pole thingy, how sad...It borders the Grand Bazaar.

Sigh, the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays... open sesame, open sesame! Grrrhh, didn't work.

Built during the reign of emperor Justinian I in the 6th Century, the Basilica Cistern is located next to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. It is an underground reservoir which supplied fresh water to the great palace of Constantinopole.

This is what's beneath of the columns... fresh water and carps...

Mysterious Medusa head in the Cistern. Two of the columns are supported by two humongous medusa heads. One is placed upside down and the other on its side. It is rumored that the medusa heads were cut from another Roman building and reused here.

Yours truly striking a pose next to one of the Medusa heads, the one placed on its side.

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