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August 10, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Dolmabahçe Palace


Dolmabahçe Palace’s neo-Baroque façade

After visiting the fabulous Topkapı Palace it is difficult to imagine that a replacement was needed.  Considering that in 1843, when construction was begun, the Ottoman Empire was (more…)

August 3, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Süleymaniye Mosque


Looking up inside the Süleymaniye Mosque (HDR)

Capping the third of Istanbul’s seven hills is the Süleymaniye MosqueSüleymaniye Camii, as it is properly named in Turkish, is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul.  Its (more…)

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