Dah kenyang makan lunch, perjalanan diteruskan. Nak pi tempat yang dituju, kami naik feri pulak seberang ke Asian side.
Burung-burung tu berterbangan betul-betul ataih feri
Yang lelaki semua pakat naik tingkat ataih feri. Kami yang pompuan dok diam-diam dalam bas jaga budak-budak. Bukan tak mau naik tapi tak larat nak kawai budak-budak aktif ni. Hubby yang ambik gambaq dari tingkat ataih feri.
After our tour of Blue Mosque ended, we stepped out of its
compound and proceeded to visit Hippodrome of Constantinople which is located
adjacent to the mosque.
Hippodrome of Constantinople is an area used to be a horse
racing track in which sporting and social events were held in Constantinople. Today,
it is called Sultan Ahmet Square (Sultanahmet Meydani).
Sadly to say, only three of the ancient monuments are still
standing today at their original places that are visible to visitors.
Egyptian Obelisk (also called Obelisk of Thutmose III and
Obelisk of Theodosius) was originally erected in Egypt during Pharaoh Tutmosis
III rule and was brought to Istanbul by Emperor Theodosius.
Walled Obelisk or Constantine Obelisk was built by Emperor
Constantine VII in memory of his grandfather.
Serpentine Column is part of bronze column used as a
sacrificial tripod in ancient Greek. It is also known as Delphi Tripod and
There’s another monument found there, German Fountain or
Willhelm II Fountain, which is constructed at a much later era.
This gazebo liked fountain is built to commemorate German
Emperor’s visit to Istanbul.
When you travel with small children, all facts and stories about places you visited that your tour guide was telling are lost gone with the wind. It's simply difficult to stay put and pay attention. Mana nak layan soalan anak, nak ligan anak, nak peghati depa buat apa, mana la dan nak dengaq apa yang tour guide dok cakap kat depan tu.
From the airport, we straightaway headed to Istanbul’s Old
Quarter. Thus, our Turkey journey officially began. The first tourist spot that
we set foot was Blue Mosque.
Our tourist guide led us to the entrance. There, we were
given plastic bags to put our shoes. Shoes are not permissible inside the
mosque. For those who are not wearing headscarves or proper attire, scarves and
body covering will be given. These items are to be returned upon exiting the
Visitors also are not allowed to make any noise as a form of
respect and also not to disturb worshipers who are praying. Pictures can be
taken but flash cannot be used.
Three pictures of the main dome
Once you look up, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful colored
tiles on the ceiling and walls. Majority of these tiles are blue in
color, hence the mosque’s name, with many designs. Moreover, they are handmade.
Another wonder you’ll be awed with is the dome with its
calligraphy and Islamic influenced designs.
Lamps are arranged on steel structures hanging from the roof
right above your head.
Some facts about Blue Mosque:
~ The mosque got its name from the use of blue tiles that adorned
its interior. The mosque’s outer façade is not blue in color, it is grey.
~ Besides its blue tiles, it is also famous for its 6 minarets.
~ The mosque is opened to public from 9am till 7pm. However, it is closed
for a short while during each praying times.
~ It is still used as a place of worship. Muslim visitors can
perform solat here.