The treasures of the Ottoman Empire, a reign of over 600 years, are on display, heavily guarded, and (to me) the most impressive of the tourist sights. Gold and jewel encrusted thrones, baby cradles, turban pins, boxes, knives, swords, and silk clothing with gold and silver thread are all part of the collection, in addition to portraits, miniatures, and rare tiles. An entire museum in the Harem section is dedicated to life in the palace featuring such oft used items as a marble birthing chair inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
|Tile mosaics, detailed like paintings, plastered over|
when the Ayasofya was converted into a Mosque, are now revealed.
|Inside the Ayasofya|
|Lamp in the Ayasofya|
|Single man praying in the Blue Mosque|
|Outside of every mosque, there is a|
place with fountains for washing
feet, arms and face before going in.
|Looking straight up a column in the Blue Mosque|