S: Istanbul- Where East meets West
1: We took a tour of Jewish Istanbul and our first stop was the Ashkenasi Synagogue. | We went to Istanbul to attend Eric and Zeynep's wedding!
2: We visited the Neve Shalom Synagogue, guarded by an Israeli security team. There is a hard hat and an emergency kit under each seat.
3: This is the largest Sephardic Synagogue in Turkey. It has been attacked by Islamic extremists several times.
4: Exterior of the Ottoman Baroque style Ahrida Synagogue, with a bema shaped like the prow of a ship
5: You can still see scars from the bomb attack on the walls of the Neve Shalom Synagogue. | The Jewish Museum
7: Views from CafÃ© Pierre Loti | On the hills of Eyup on the Golden Horn
8: The Galata Tower, built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. | fish stalls along the Bosphorus
10: We saw mosque after mosque on our cruise on the Bosphorus. Also palaces, ruins, and estates in the hills. | We always enjoy traveling with Sharon & Howard!
12: Views from the Bosphorus
13: Colorful Istanbul
15: The Dolmabahce Palace, on the European shore of the Bosporus. It served as the main administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922.
17: There were lots of birds wandering the grounds of the Dalmabahce Palace.
18: We were Sely and Eel
19: How wonderful to share simchas with friends- and get to travel to exotic places!
21: What a gorgeous bride and handsome groom.
22: The Topkapi Palace was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign.
24: Wonderful examples of Iznik tiles
26: Topkapi Palace
27: Jewish star motifs are numerous throughout Istanbul, even in the Topkapi Palace.
28: I love this picture
34: The Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.
35: In Turkey all Moslem boys are circumcised between the ages 2-14. At these celebrations, the child generally wears festive garments resembling a Sultan's or a King's dress.
36: Hagia Sophia
38: Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum. It dates from 360 AD.
41: The night after the wedding, Linda & Greg hosted a dinner at The Blue House, with it's incredible views if Istanbul.
42: In side the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market
44: The Yeni Camii, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the EminnÃ¼ district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge.
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