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As my last (now) photos from Turkey I chose the views from Eminönü. It was my favourite place in Istanbul.

Eminönü is the heart of the walled city of Constantine, the focus of a history of incredible richness. The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminönü and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea. And up on the hill stands Topkapı Palace,Sultanahmet Camii and Aya Sofya. .
Although the government has moved to Ankara and Istanbul has expanded to become an enormous city with the centre of business in huge shiny buildings elsewhere, Eminönü is still buzzing with activity. It has the busiest ferry crossings for the Bosphorus and for the Marmara Sea, and the only mainline railway terminus (where trains can be caught to Eastern Thrace (Trakya) and Europe). People keep streaming into the area on boats, buses, trains and the light metro from Aksaray.
During the daytime the area is packed with merchants and their customers, hordes of shoppers and many tourists. hawking goods on handcarts, makeshift stalls or a blanket laid out in the street, as well as the millions of little shops and workshops in the streets, bazaars. Every inch is retail space, even the underpasses taking people from the ferries are lined with shops, kebab grillers and boys selling cigarettes. Predictably there is a fair amount of pickpocketing in the crowds. Nearby are splendid pieces of architecture;
Süleymaniye - the huge mosque complex of Suleyman the Magnificent;Yeni Cami (The new mosque) - the mosque that dominates the waterfront by the Galata Bridge; there is a wide open space in front where people feed the pigeons. The Grand Bazaar - as much to look at as to shop in. The Spice Bazaar - another Ottoman caravanserai, not as huge as the Grand Bazaar but right on the water, next to Yeni Camii; Rustem Pasha Mosque -
small but real gem.

Amazing place that I would recognize even with my eyes closed: the very strong fish smell is there all the time.
Also Gert like this place very much so I dedicate for him this photo and other two in Workshop.

I would like to share more photos from Turkey but my nature (aka IF) doesn't allow me. Instead of staying in warm home, I prefer walking in cold and rain.

Strange thing, I tried several times but can't post any Workshop. I can upload a photo but then it doesn't appear. I will try later.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5048 W: 81 N: 12880] (74963)
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