Inside Istanbul

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in A New Shade of Green
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  The view from the Galata Tower, looking down on the Galata bridge and some of the prettiest rooftops in town, on the edge of the fashionable Beyoglu district.
    The view from the Galata Tower, looking down on the Galata bridge and some of the prettiest rooftops in town, on the edge of the fashionable Beyoglu district.
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  The scene on the balcony of the famed Pierre Loti Cafe near the sacred Eyup Mosque.
    The scene on the balcony of the famed Pierre Loti Cafe near the sacred Eyup Mosque.
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  Looking down from Galata Tower onto Galata Square, festooned with flags and home to a number of cafés and street vendors.
    Looking down from Galata Tower onto Galata Square, festooned with flags and home to a number of cafés and street vendors.
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  The rather prepossessing entrance to the Istanbul Modern, which along with a number of small galleries, has welcomed a new generation of contemporary Turkish artists.
    The rather prepossessing entrance to the Istanbul Modern, which along with a number of small galleries, has welcomed a new generation of contemporary Turkish artists.
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  A lovely, Sinan-designed mosque in Ortaköy.
    A lovely, Sinan-designed mosque in Ortaköy.
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  The arches of the Valens Aqueduct, completed in 368, span a busy avenue, fusing the ancient with the modern—a common juxtaposition in Istanbul.
    The arches of the Valens Aqueduct, completed in 368, span a busy avenue, fusing the ancient with the modern—a common juxtaposition in Istanbul.
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  Devout Muslims and Western-style tourists congregate outside the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district.
    Devout Muslims and Western-style tourists congregate outside the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district.
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  Although the exterior of the Blue Mosque (technically the Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is gorgeous, many say that it’s not Sinan’s masterwork: the sightlines inside are obscured by a number of columns. This is not a problem for the magnificent Hagia Sofia (in background), which sits directly across from the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet Square.
    Although the exterior of the Blue Mosque (technically the Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is gorgeous, many say that it’s not Sinan’s masterwork: the sightlines inside are obscured by a number of columns. This is not a problem for the magnificent Hagia Sofia (in background), which sits directly across from the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet Square.
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  The Ataturk Cultural Center, located in the busy Taksim Square, is home to the opera and many state-sponsored music and performance events.
    The Ataturk Cultural Center, located in the busy Taksim Square, is home to the opera and many state-sponsored music and performance events.
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  For a different view of Istanbul, climb in the balloon in Kadikoy and see the city by air. Or just eat in the restaurant next to the balloon.
    For a different view of Istanbul, climb in the balloon in Kadikoy and see the city by air. Or just eat in the restaurant next to the balloon.
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