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Nocturnal stroll in Eminönü and Sultanahmet

on 11/06/2015
Sainte-Sophie by night

Sainte-Sophie by night


        Now that summer is almost here, the mild evenings are ideal to take pictures and to appreciate the charms of Eminönü and Sultanahmet by night.

Un petit sandwich au poisson à EminönüAfter crossing the Galata bridge, you can stop by the Golden Horn for a mackerel sandwich and a glass of turşu (pickled gherkins and cabbage) while admiring the view on the hills of Pera and the Galata Tower.

Next to the Egyptian Bazaar, the impressive New Mosque will most certainly catch your eye. Despite its name, the mosque was built in the 17th century and was originally called Valide Sultan Mosque as its construction was ordered by Safiye Sultan, wife of Sultan Murad III and later Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) of Sultan Mehmed III. Its two minarets each have three splendidly carved balconies and are particularly beautiful at night.

In Sultanahmet, the competition between the two stars, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque that are constantly bombarded by cameras by day, is significantly reduced in the evening.

Indeed, unlike its impressive neighbour with six minarets, Hagia Sophia is not lit at night. The fountain that separates them, however, offers a multi-coloured water spectacle and its many lights will undoubtedly embellish your photos.

And for those who would like to pursue their nocturnal investigation, why not go on a mini cruise and immortalise the Maiden’s Tower, the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Bosphorus Bridge!

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