Sultanahmet Park (Istanbul, Turkey)

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The one in the Sultanahmet Park, in Istanbul. In the background, the Blue Mosque, otherwise known as  the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. During the 1600s, Sultan Ahmed I commissioned a mosque, with a very clear briefing:  to surpass the close by Aya Sofya. While the results are debatable, its pilled domes and minarets (six of them and a record at the time) dominate the old city skyline.

What else can I say about Istanbul without falling into a series of clichés? Its big, full of life and cosmopolite… We did every touristy and promised to go back one day to see what we missed. Seeing the pics I took scarcely a couple of weeks back, it is hard to believe what is happening in Taksim Square right now…

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