Istanbul (Turkey). Few minutes before darkness…
Istanbul (Turkey). There’s always a good reason to bring a camera with me… especially when I visit brand new hotels like the Hyatt Regency Hotel Istanbul in Atakoy. The hotel has been opened a couple of weeks ago (January 2015) and I was quite impressed by the hall’s view from one of the top floors. Well, it’s not like the stunning Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai (I will post a photo of it soon) but at list its quite pleasant.
Istanbul (Turkey). Interior of one of the (hundreds) shops selling pashminas in the Istanbul popular Gran Bazar
Istanbul (Turkey). A tornado is striking Istanbul during a heavy rainstorm.
Istanbul (Turkey). I’m perfectly aware of the fact that terraces like this one are everywhere in the world. But for some reasons, those ones I see in Istanbul have something of magic, at least for me. And I like thinking that behind that set of jackets, coats and suits there could be a story – one of the many incredible ones – of millions of people living in this amazing (and suffering) city.
Istanbul. So benissimo che terrazze come queste sono ovunque nel mondo. Ma per qualche motivo, quelle che vedo a Istanbul hanno un qualcosa per me di magico. E mi piace pensare che dietro a quella serie di giacche, di cappotti e di abiti possa esserci una storia – una delle tante incredibili – delle milioni di persone che affollano questa meravigliosa (e sofferente) città.
Istanbul (Turkey). A solitary runner is crossing the Bosphorus Bridge few minutes before the Istanbul Marathon starting. The marathon’s day is the only day in the year in which people are allowed to walk on the Bosphorus Bridge.
Istanbul (Turkey). There’s a large external area at the Ortakoy Mosque, but unfortunately it is not possible to go there. However, through the big closed gate, there is an amazing view. Here, the Bosphorus at sunset, with the fisherman returning to the pier and the cat controlling its territory…
Istanbul (Turkey). A staircase between Cihangir and the Bosphorus
Istanbul (Turkey). The boat (in turkish, “vapur”) from Uskudar to Eminonu is ready to leave the pier and to start its last ride before the night.
Istanbul (Turkey). I have probably taken this photo five or six times in the past years, basically I shoot it every time I have the opportunity to visit Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya in Turkish). This landscape is what you can see from a small hidden window at the upper floor of the former basilica, which was converted into a mosque and now is (and hopefully it will remain) a museum.
This is probably one of the most typical photos of Istanbul, and despite this fact it’s still not annoying at all for me. I consider the Blue Mosque somehow framed between two domes of Hagia Sophia one of the most beautiful skyline in the world. And beyond this, it is also a very “symbolic” image of the former Constantinople, today Istanbul.
So, if you are planning to visit Istanbul – and I’m sure you will include Hagia Sophia in your itinerary – do not forget to look for this small window and to watch outside through it: a significant portion of Istanbul’s history will be displayed in front of your eyes.