Travel Photography Photos tagged as turkish
Hamam Omerye is a true working example of Cyprus' rich culture and diversity, stone struggle, yet sense of freedom and flexibility. The site's history dates back to the 14th century, when it stood as an Augustinian church of St. Mary. Stone-built, with small domes, it is chronologically placed at around the time of Frankish and Venetian rule, approximately the same time that the city acquired its Venetian Walls.
This milky white liquid smells like liquorice, and tastes just like sambuca - although its milky appearance is a little off-putting... you are supposed to take a sip of Raki, then a sip of water to wash it down. At least its nicer than Turkish wine (which is like nailpolish remover!)
This shot summarises Istanbul for me - business and tourism are fast overtaking ancient belief systems and practices, and old castles are being converted into modern 5 star hotels
The Turkish flag is EVERYWHERE you look in Turkey... it is either a very patriotic country, or very communist. The boats look old fashioned, traffic is terribly scattered on the roads, and the airports still allow smoking inside. Very primitive systems for a modern city
The Aya Sofya was built over 1,400 years ago - originally as a Christian church - and was turned into a mosque in the 17th century. Amazing that it still stands, facing the Blue Mosque, after so many hundreds of years!
The 22 entrances and 4,500 stalls in this covered marketplace make for a chaotic bargain-hunters' dream! It's great fun to tease stall holders by bartering and offering less than a third of their first offer, and arguing over the price with comments like 'but I have seven children at home, I can't afford that price!'. Very entertaining!
The Turks love their flag!
The Blue Mosque was originally named after its creator, but gained the nickname 'Blue' after its unique mosaic tiles, which dominate the interior.
The domed ceilings within the Blue Mosque are at least 3 to 4 storeys high - making most visitors feel very humbled by the sheer size of the place!
A fantastic little town in Western Turkey
A balcony of a Turkish family in Sultanahmet (old Istanbul) shows the lifestyle - cramped, recycled and grungy. Fascinating people
The spiral staircases were mostly decorated with trailing roses and vines, and provided a really nice contrast with the peeling paint on the concrete buildings
This old castle belonged to the Ataturks, and is now a hotel that costs US$2,500 a night! Very ritzy indeed
This is a sillouette of Ataturk on a mountain in Turkish North Cyprus. Ataturk means "Father of Turks," and he was the first president of the Republic of Turkey, a very renown person among the Turks.
Turkish Bath gives you the chance both to renew your body and your soul
Turkish carpets is a dieing tradition, which should be supported.