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A cat sleeps against a rug for sale in Sultanahmet.
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Inside Istanbul's Basilica Cistern (6th Century AD).
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Fish swimming in the water inside the Basilica Cistern.
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Tear drop column inside the Basilica Cistern.
A large school of fish near the tear drop column.
Medusa head column base in the Basilica Cistern.
The Hippodrome. This was where chariot races and other athletic events were once held. Very little remains of the Hippodrome, and the area is a public park today.
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Gates to the courtyard of the Blue Mosque.
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The outer wall of the Blue Mosque complex, with the ablution area for men.
Men performing their ablutions before entering the Blue Mosque for prayer.
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Inside the Blue Mosque courtyard.
Exterior of the massive Hagia Sophia.
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Blue Mosque courtyard.
Inside the Blue Mosque (1609-1616 AD).
Obelisk of Thutmosis III
The Obelisk of Thutmosis III, one of the surviving Hippodrome spina monuments. This obelisk was originally erected in Egypt around 1490 BC, and has been in this spot in Istanbul since 390 AD.
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The remains of the Serpent Column (front) and the Obelisk of Thutmosis III (back) in the Hippodrome.
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The Walled Obelisk, the third surviving Hippodrome monument.
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The German Fountain, located in the Hippodrome.
The German Fountain.
Cats on a wall in Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
There are many small cemeteries hidden among the buildings in Sultanahmet. Grave sites are concealed behind this wall and fence.
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Inside a hookah bar in Sultanahmet.
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
The crowded Grand Bazaar.
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The Grand Bazaar.
Fountain in the Grand Bazaar.
Men carrying bundles and boxes of merchandise on their backs outside the Grand Bazaar.
A simit vendor wheels his cart through a street near the Grand Bazaar.
Shopping near the Grand Bazaar.