Greetings from Istanbul

March 10, 2010

Greetings from Istanbul. Our group arrived safely at Istanbul Tues. PM.  Today has been a full day of touring, including the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Archaeological Museum, Grand Bazaar, and a boat ride on the Bosphorus. Tomorrow morning we are to fly out early to Smyrna (Izmir) to begin our visit of the cities of the Seven Churches. This shot shows our guide Orhan giving our group some info before entering the Blue Mosque.

Group shot at Istanbul. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

The Blue Mosque was built in the early 17th century for Sultan Ahmet I and is probably the most famous mosque in Turkey.  Its interior walls are covered with blue Iznik tiles.

Interior of Blue Mosque at Istanbul. Photo by Leon Mauldin

The Bosphorus Sea connects the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea.  About 600 ships per day pass through this narrow strip of water separating the continents of Europe and Asia.  As you look east in the photo below, to the Asian side, you are looking at biblical Bithynia (1 Pet. 1:1).  This shot was taken as light was fading.

Bosphorus Sea Looking East. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

I hope to share more photos tomorrow.

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