Turkey

ISTANBUL

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Immediately after our experience from Arabian Nights (here the pictures), we stopped some days in Istanbul. We had time to visit the main tourist destinations.
The Basilica of St. Sofia (literally Divine Wisdom) was the largest church in the world for nearly a century, through the allocation of the various religious functions (Catholic, Orthodox, mosque and finally museum). One of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture, it was one of the main churches of the Byzantine Empire. What we see today is the third reconstruction of the church that was completely destroyed twice because of fires. There were renovations going on, but we could see the famous mosaics, as the Christ Pantocrator and the Emperor John II Comnenus and his wife Piroska.
The peculiarity of this building is the mystical light that is created inside the dome.
We then went to see the Basilica Cistern, built during the Eastern Roman Empire, it remained intact. There were two huge heads of Medusa upside down at the base of two columns. And on the bottom of the water, even if you don’t see in the picture, there were many huge fish swimming. Very scary.
The Blue Mosque was the third place visited: called in this way because it has a majority of blue tiles in the walls and in the dome, although perceptually seemed to me that the dominant color was gold.
The mosque was huge, huge even the square around. Before entering they made us remove shoes and wear veils to cover their heads. Upon entering what is striking is the smell of feet, understandable.
At the center of the mosque there were people praying aloud to the ground. I must admit that I only needed a quick ride on one of the sides of the building for wanting to get out, because between smells and screams I could not bear to stay there.
Stop at the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest in the world, built in a closed and covered place, with twists and shops all the same that is easy to get lost. 4,000 shops including spices, sweets, textiles, crafts, gifts … So many people, so many screams and confusion. Here, too, I was able to stay a little …
The next day we went to the Topkapi Palace, the palace of the Ottoman Sultan. Immense, full of gardens with various species of flowers, decorations, glitz, different styles, riggiole with traditional Turkish décor, carpets, wallpaper, artefacts, objects. It is located on a promontory and the view from there was wonderful. While for the rest of the building can’t say that I have really enjoyed it. Too much confusion of styles and colors and ostentation.
That must be why I didn’t take photographs, except for flowers.
We were in the new part of the city, across the Galata Bridge, which connects the old town.
And here, the scenario changed completely. From the bridge it seems almost Manhattan. Skyscrapers, tower blocks, modernity … Not a very clean city, but it is super modern and crowded. An absolutely cosmopolitan center: from girls in shorts and crop tops to women in burkas, from the Indians to the people who knelt in the street to pray when, five times a day, from the megaphones in every corner of the city, rose a scream to prayer like an antitheft.
I was very shocked and affected by the environment that I found. For the excessive modernity that do sting with that culture, also for 
the absurdity of that religion, and also for the surreality of the totally opposing cultures coexistence in the street.
The day ended at Starbucks, my house in the world.
I realized how much life we are used to and the certainties that we have, are just matter of local tradition and that true freedom of choice will exist only when they’ll first teach us all religions and cultures of the world and then let us decide what we want belong.
An educational experience, but I doubt I will never go back to Istanbul. xx


Subito dopo la nostra esperienza da Mille e Una Notte (qui le foto), ci siamo fermato alcuni giorni ad Istanbul, visto che l’aereo faceva scalo lì. Abbiamo avuto il tempo di visitare le principali mete turistiche.
La basilica di Santa Sofia (letteralmente Divina Sapienza) è stata la chiesa più grande del mondo per quasi un secolo, passando attraverso l’attribuzione delle diverse funzioni religiose (da cattolica ad ortodossa a moschea infine museo). Uno dei più grandi esempi dell’architettura bizantina, fu una delle principali chiese dell’Impero Bizantino. Quella che vediamo oggi è la terza ricostruzione della chiesa distrutta completamente ben due volte a causa di incendi.
Vi erano lavori di restauro in corso, ma abbiamo potuto vedere i famoso mosaici, come il Cristo Pantocratore e l’imperatore Giovanni II Comneno con sua moglie Piroska.
La peculiarità di questo edificio è la luce mistica che si crea all’interno della cupola.
Siamo poi andati a vedere la Cisterna Basilica, costruita durante l’Impero Romano d’Oriente, rimasta intatta. C’erano due enormi teste di Medusa capovolte alla base di due colonne. E sul fondo dell’acqua, anche se non si vede in foto, c’erano numerosi enormi pesci che nuotavano in mezzo metro d’acqua. Molto inquietante.
La Moschea Blu è stato il terzo luogo visitato: si chiama così perchè presenta una maggioranza di piastrelle blu nelle pareti e nella cupola, anche se percettivamente mi sembrava che fosse l’oro il colore dominante.
La moschea era enorme, enorme anche la piazza intorno. Prima di entrare ci hanno fatto togliere le scarpe e indossare veli per coprire la testa. Appena entrati quello che colpisce d’impatto è la puzza di piedi, comprensibile.
Al centro della moschea c’erano persone che pregavano a terra ad alta voce. Devo ammettere che mi è bastato un giro veloce lungo uno dei lati dell’edificio per voler uscire fuori, perché tra odori e urla non sopportavo più di restare lì.
Sosta al Gran Bazar, uno dei più grandi al mondo, costruito in un luogo chiuso e coperto, con svolte e negozietti tutti uguali che è semplice perdersi. 4.000 botteghe tra spezie, dolci, tessuti, artigiani, oggettistica… Tanta gente, tante urla e confusione. Anche qui sono riuscita a stare poco…
Il giorno dopo siamo andati al Palazzo Topkapi, il palazzo del Sultano Ottomano. Immenso, pieno di giardini con diverse specie di fiori, decorazioni, sfarzi, stili diversi, riggiole dalle tipiche decorazioni turche, tappeti, carte da parati, manufatti, oggetti. Si trova su un promontorio e la vista da lì era meravigliosa. Mentre il resto del palazzo non posso dire che mi sia davvero piaciuto. Troppa confusione di stili e colori e ostentazioni.
Sarà per questo che non ho scattato fotografie, se non che hai fiori.
Siamo stati nella parte nuova della città, attraversando il Ponte di Galata che la collega alla città vecchia.
E qui, lo scenario cambiava completamente. Dal ponte sembra quasi Manhattan. Grattacieli, palazzoni, modernità… Non è una città molto pulita, ma è super moderna ed affollata. Un centro assolutamente cosmopolita: dalle ragazze in shorts e crop top alle donna in burka, dagli indiani alle persone che si inginocchiavano per strada per pregare quando, cinque volte al giorno, dai megafoni sparsi in ogni angolo della città, si alzava un urlo alla preghiera come un antifurto.
Sono rimasta molto scioccata e colpita dall’ambiente che ho trovato. Sia dall’eccessiva modernità che fa a pungi con quella cultura, sia per l’assurdità di quella religione, che per la surrealtà della coesistenza in strada di culture totalmente opposte.
La giornata è terminata da Starbucks, la mia casa nel mondo.
Ho realizzato quanto la vita a cui siamo abituati e le certezze che abbiamo siano solo una questione di tradizione territoriale e che la vera libertà di scelta esisterà solo quando ci insegneranno prima tutte le religioni e le culture del mondo e poi ci lasceranno decidere a quale voler appartenere.
Un’esperienza formativa, ma dubito tornerò mai ad Istanbul. xx

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    ISABEL - EL SECRETO DE MISTER CLOSET
    23 August 2016 at 11:41

    Amazing photos, Istambul is beautiful.
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      dasynka
      23 August 2016 at 21:49

      Thank you so! xx

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    Marta
    22 August 2016 at 16:26

    Nice post, great city! Kisses

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      dasynka
      23 August 2016 at 21:50

      Thanks! xx

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      dasynka
      22 August 2016 at 12:22

      Thanks! xx

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    Mercy
    17 August 2016 at 9:41

    Very interesting place, full of history and charm. Wouldn’t mind to see Istanbul one day. You’re a great storyteller, you got me hooked from beginning to end.

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      dasynka
      17 August 2016 at 9:52

      Thanks for your words, they are very important to me 🙂 xx

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    olivia aimes
    17 August 2016 at 4:54

    wow! amazing

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      dasynka
      17 August 2016 at 9:48

      Thanks xx

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    NEHA
    16 August 2016 at 16:07

    Gorgeous photos hun…Its a lovely post dear…xoxo, Neha

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      dasynka
      17 August 2016 at 9:48

      Thank you! xx

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    miri
    16 August 2016 at 13:59

    These photos from Istanbul are so impressive. I love them and I wish I was there! Thank you for sharing!
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      dasynka
      16 August 2016 at 14:39

      Thank you too xx

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    Tatjana
    15 August 2016 at 18:51

    I an new to your blog and I will definitely come back.
    Love love love your writing style. You are one of the few people who didn’t like Istanbul.
    I can imagine that from the few things you described it wouldn’t be my favorite place on earth too.
    Much love,
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      dasynka
      16 August 2016 at 14:48

      You can’t imagine how your words and your attention make me feel good! Thank you so so much. And I understand that we have a similar way of approaching things 🙂 xx

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    caroline
    15 August 2016 at 13:41

    I’ve never been but I’d love to, your pics are fabulous !

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      dasynka
      16 August 2016 at 14:38

      Thank you so! xx

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    Yuliya Oleynykova
    15 August 2016 at 10:58

    Istanbul is a very beautiful city with its own spirit. I love the photography dear x
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      dasynka
      16 August 2016 at 14:38

      It’s always nice to read different opinions 🙂 xx

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    Valentina
    14 August 2016 at 9:33

    Amazing pictures. I have to visit this city soon as well.

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      dasynka
      16 August 2016 at 14:37

      Thank you! xx

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    Loal
    13 August 2016 at 17:11

    Lovely 🙂

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 17:55

      Thank you xx

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    Loal
    13 August 2016 at 16:59

    Amazing place!

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 17:55

      Thanks! xx

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    Tamara
    13 August 2016 at 11:04

    This city is absolutely incredible, thanks for sharing these amazing pics! I can’t wait to visit 🙂

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    Tamara xxx

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 12:08

      Thank you so much! xx

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    CHRISTINA KEY
    13 August 2016 at 8:36

    Beautiful images! 🙂

    XX,

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 11:07

      Thank you! xx

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    Sophia
    13 August 2016 at 5:56

    Wow, great photos of Istanbul! Have fun! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 8:01

      Thank you so xx

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    Aliona
    12 August 2016 at 21:11

    Loved reading this, beautiful place! Please check out my new post.

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      dasynka
      12 August 2016 at 21:48

      Thanks xx

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    Keri
    12 August 2016 at 21:03

    Wow, what gorgeous photos. You definitely captured the beauty of Istanbul!

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      dasynka
      12 August 2016 at 21:47

      Thank you so much! xx

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    Tijana
    12 August 2016 at 14:03

    Great post, love it 🙂

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      dasynka
      12 August 2016 at 14:05

      Thank you! xx

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    Tania
    12 August 2016 at 13:44

    Gorgeous pics doll! I loved visiting Istanbul xx

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      dasynka
      12 August 2016 at 13:52

      Thanks xx

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    Nora Gouma
    12 August 2016 at 13:30

    Lovely post, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

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      dasynka
      12 August 2016 at 13:31

      I’m glad you like it! xx

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    Nora Gouma
    12 August 2016 at 13:29

    Amazing post, great pictures as well, I love it. I have been to Turkey two times, to Kusadasi and Alanja, Istanmbul will be the next destination for me!!!

    xxx

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 12:10

      Oh wow, so you like Turkey! It’s good have different opinions 🙂 xx

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