Istanbul – the city of seven hills, the city where east meets west, where old meets new, where Europe meets Asia.
I could go on, but to cut the introduction of this intriguing city short, I have compiled the highlights of our visit to the TopKapi Palace in this post. From the beautiful and traditional Turkish tile art work with its geometrical and floral designs, the calligraphies in different styles, the Tugra signature of the Ottoman Empire (the then signature of the Sultan), wood work and architecture, here are my first attempts at digital photography back in 2005!
But wait, I must let you in on a secret: we only covered a part of the TopKapi Palace. This was a good 2-3 hours of “ah” “oh” “how beautiful” between its gardens, different yards, the reception hall, the circumcision room (!) and the museum of Islamic arts/monuments (where photography wasn’t allowed – at that time). We vowed to come back one day, so this is to be continued, hopefully soon (insh Allah- if God wills- as the Muslim says)
If I only could write as beautifully – sigh!
to be continued, one day! Insha Allah!