Istanbul June 1st 2011 Started with a ferry crossing of the Marmara Sea to bring us to the Asian side of Istanbul. Through heavy traffic into the city centre, for a walk through the site of the old Hippodrome, where the Romans held chariot races. Still there is an Egyptian obelisk, placed there in 390AD. Went back inside the Blue Mosque for another visit. Outside was a young 6yr old boy dressed for his ceremony.
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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more