Constant Sights {Istanbul Day 2}

Our second day in Istanbul consisted of another round of sightseeing. What strikes me about this city is how close everything is. Everywhere you look there is some ancient wonder, all just steps away.

Today we visited Topkapı Palace; the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years, 500 years ago.  The opulence of the palace is everywhere, dripping from the painted dome ceilings and ivory-and-tortoise-shell covered walls. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place and you can imagine royalty walking the gardens and lounging in the halls. The best treasures (clothing, jewellery, weapons, and priceless gifts) are indoors guarded behind glass. Picture taking is prohibited but I got some nice shots of the open areas.

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Close by the Palace is the Archaeology Museum, which we also visited. The museum is a cluster of buildings, which means we got thoroughly drenched in the down-poor that seamed to pick up again every time we were ready to building hop. Rain on smooth stone is probably the most treacherous thing ever. I’m not going to lie, we became pretty history-fatigued and had a hard time caring about all the old pieces of junk artifacts. But the highlights of the museum were thrilling and totally worth the cold, wet, tiered visit.

tomb of Alexander the Great
tomb of Alexander the Great
The Kadesh Peace Treaty: World's Oldest Peace Treaty
The Kadesh Peace Treaty: World’s Oldest Peace Treaty
Asclepius, god of medicine, and his snake entwined staff
Asclepius, god of medicine, and his snake entwined staff

I thought this stone head looked JUST like Liam!
I thought this stone head looked JUST like Liam!

After getting into some warm, dry clothes, we headed back out to take-in Istanbul at night. Luckily the weather had cleared and we had a wonderful walk along the Bosporus Bridge. The vibe on the bridge was incredible. The fishermen are perpetually casting and smoking, old-men push their street-food carts among crowds of workers on their way home from the office and groups of young people  heading out to start their evening. This is what I am learning about Istanbul: there is constantly something to see. 2 1Once over the bridge and into the “new” Istanbul area of Beyoğlu, it struck us that the Galata Tower was closer than we thought, and on a whim we decided to visit. It was easy to find, just look up. And walk up. Up up up up some very steep and narrow streets that eventually just turn into stairs.

The Galata Tower was largely used for observation, and was key in spotting fires in the 1600s. The views from the observation deck (51.6 meters up) are incredible and I am so happy we ended up going at night.

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