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This is a scene which can be considered to be one of their ‘own backyard’ by many Istanbulites....at least my friend from Istanbul told me that; which means this scene is nothing unique for them! But for me as a tourist, this scene combined at least 3 elements which to some extent epitomizes this part of Istanbul…the Golden Horn, the mosque and the ferry boat. I took this picture after sunset

Golden Horn is both the name of the estuary of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. The "horn" part perhaps comes from the deep curve the bay has towards its end in the northwest. "Golden" part is more obscure, but possibly it's a poetic referral to reflections on the Horn's water during beautiful sunsets.

The Golden Horn separates European Istanbul’s two major districts of Beyoglu, on the north bank, and Sultanahmet to the south. This legendary body of water is crossed by the bustling Galata Bridge

Crowded ferries and boats frequent the Horn more than 12 hours a day. When one of these boats touches the shore (I took this picture from the Beyoglu side), the whole flock of resident seagulls goes into a frenzy….just behind me was the Beyoglu fish market & this for obvious reasons, there is no dearth of food for the gulls here; so a whole flock of sea gulls made this area their ‘private territory’.

The mosque seen in the background is the Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest mosque in Istanbul. Not only is it stunning, in my opinion it is also the masterpiece of the famous architect Mimar Sinan. The Blue Mosque is much more famous one and therefore better known among the tourists. The Süleymaniye Mosque, crowning Istanbul’s highest hill, thankfully doesn’t suffer from that huge, constant flow of visitors.

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