S: Spring Break 2011 - Zermatt &, Switzerland & Istandul, Turkey
FC: Turkey & Swiss March 2011
1: Happy to be back in Switzerland!!!
2: The matterhorn | Zermatt
3: Lunch with a view after our first Red Run
4: Sunnega Paradise
8: Turkey | Istanbul | If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. Alphonse de Lamartine | Istanbul | Constantinople | Byzantium
9: Istanbul | Europe | Asia | Mosques of Istanbul
10: Sultan Ahmed Mosque Famously known as The Blue Mosque due to the blue Iznik tiles used in the interior. Built in 1609-1616 to compete with Hagia Sophia, it is thought to be the last great work of Ottoman classical architecture.
11: Courtyard of the Blue Mosque | Finishing up our tour of the Blue Mosque | Women's place in the mosque. | View from the hippodrome
12: This obelisk, which was erected by Egyptian Pharaoh Tuthmose III to commemorate a Syrian campaign, was moved to Constantinople by Constantine the Great, but was left laying on the seashore then later erected by Theodisius the Great. It is mounted on 4 brazen blocks which rest on a marble basis with sculptured reliefs that represent the Emperor and his family: South side he is watching the races, East crowning the victors, North erecting the obelisk, and West he is receiving homage for his victories. The bottom represents the original layer of the hippodrome. | Constantine the Great 272-337 AD | Pharaoh Tuthmose III 1470-1426 BC | We saw this sculpture in Rome at Capitoline Museum | Theodisius the Great - the last Roman Emperor to rule a united Roman Empire. He established Nicene Christianity which lasted through the Middle Ages. The people loved him for establishing Constantinople as a city of beauty and plenty.
13: Remaining Roman Aqueduct | This obelisk gave racers at the Hippodrome the signal to turn. Possibly built by Constantine or Theodosius | The Milion-The point where all roads departed West for Europe | 16th Century Ottoman Water Tower called a Suterazi. | The Walled Obelisk
14: Church of "Holy Wisdom" built in 360 AD and converted to a mosque in 1453. Opened as a museum in 1935. | Paintings covered over with plaster by the Muslims actually preserved them for our viewing.
15: Seraphim | Ordered by Theordosius II the Stone depicts the Lame of God
16: Chora Church: "Church of the Holy Saviour in the Country" | Built in the early 5th century, it was converted to a mosque in 1453 and then secularized in 1948
17: Ryan thanked the guards for, "protecting the frescos of Christ."
18: B | B | B | Bosporus Strait Cruise | Beylerbeyi Palace | The Four Seasons on the Bosphorus Strait | Dolmabache Palace
19: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge - Connects Europe and Asia | Rumelihisari was built as a fortress by Sultan Mehmet on his way to conquer Constantinople. | Kiz Kulesi was featured in the 007 Bond film The World Is Not Enough. | OrtakoyMosque
20: Basilica Cistern is 140 meters long by 70 meters wide. It includes 336 columns in 12 rows and 28 columns. The capitals are Corinthian, Ionian and Doric. | Medusa's Heads were relocated here after the Roman period and thought to be placed on their side deliberately.