Monday, 21 May 2012

Streets Around Aya Sofya and The Hippodrome, Istanbul, Turkey

Considering you are in the heart of the historical area of this part of Istanbul, you can still find some quiet little streets to get away from the masses and see some pretty, colourful old wooden buildings.

We are now entering Soğukçeşme Sokağı (Street of the Cold Fountain), this street was restored with the initiative of Çelik Gülersoy in the years 1985-6.  Çelik Gülersoy was a lawyer, historical preservationist, writer and poet.

This house houses the Library 'Istanbul Kıtaplığı with over 10,000 books about Istanbul owned by the Çelik Gülersoy Foundation since 1985.

The wooden Ottoman houses in this street date back to the late 19th Century.  Nine of the houses are part of a hostel chain called Ayasofya Konakları (Hagia Sophia Mansions) and are run by the Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey.

This street was also the birthplace of Turkey's 6th President Fahri Korutürk (1903-1987).

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Now I have to say at this point, that this is the only picture I have of the Aya Sofya.  We just did not have time to do both of the main mosques and due to size of queues we opted for The Blue Mosque.

One of the many fish restaurants to be found around Istanbul, another one of the many wooden buildings which have been restored.

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This shop window caught my eye with all the wonderful brightly coloured, knitted and felt hats.

Some more colourful wooden houses which have been converted into a restaurant.

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Sitting at the Hippodrome Restaurant, having a well needed coffee, looking out at the leafy street, it felt a bit like a French Street.

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