If Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be it’s capital – Napoleon Bonaparte
We started our Istanbul trip with Museum Hopping.
knowing that Istanbul have a very rich cultural history, i am not surprised that they have sooo many museums in it.
there’s a card called MUZE – Museum Pass Istanbul that you can purchase if you are a museum lovers.. haha..
but we decided not to buy one, since we just want to visit 4 museums, and unfortunately not all museums are included in the Museum Pass.
Museum pass cost about 85 TL (Turkish Lira) = about SGD 50
and for the 4 museums that we about to visit cost us about 60 TL = about SGD 35
1. Blue Mosque – free entrance.
The blue tiles that surround the walls made it called Blue Mosque.
They say Ahmed The First wanted to build something that can beat Hagia Sophia (previously was a church)
so yeahh.. so here we are in the Blue Mosque..
Mad Queue with sun-kissed-skin
*ini cewek kecil centil bngt gaya.nya.. ahhaha.. sampe akhirnya gw voto juga dehh.. mungkin busana kyk doi harus di balut semua kali yah pas masuk mosque.nya..
tapi gw kurang paham juga sihh ada peraturan lain ga buat anak kecill.. hoho*
Super Exquisite details for the interior.
oh ya, for ladies..
please bring your shawl or scarf to enter this mosque..
because you need to cover your hair..
no singlet and shorts too.. hehe..
well. if you dont wear one.. they will lend you some blue cloth to cover you up.
owhh.. they will ask you to take off your shoes as well..
so you will be given a plastic bag to put your shoes.. so cute yahh.. hehe..
but because of that..
the mosque become a bit smelly.. =(
the Mosque is super hugeeee.
i dont know how many people it can fit.
Our visit there was quite short because too many people inside..
just take a few pictures there and take a short look.
ohh.. we also met many many Indonesian here.. haha..
ohh.. and they are using carpet for the floor.
cannot imagine when it comes to cleaning. hauhaua..
Blue Mosque Located at Sultan Ahmed..
and it opens everyday..
but you cant enter the mosque if the are having their prayer *the 5 times a day prayer / Shalat.
2. Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) – 25 TL
Hagia Sophia which means ‘Holy Wisdom’ is not far from Blue Mosque.
to be exact, its just the opposite of Blue Mosque..
see my last pictures above..
behind us is Blue Mosque..
and in front of us – not far from there is Hagia Sophia.. haha..
the Q here is worse than blue mosque.. ~.~`
*terik.nya matahari disana tuh bener2 menghujam jantung bngt*
we went there during summer time.. (June 2013)
so it is very very recommended for you to bring a hat / scarf to cover your head.
i think you can faint soon if you Q there without a hat..
ohh.. do bring water everywhere too to keep yourself hydrated too..
Hagia sophia was formerly a Church. then it became a Mosque.. then now it becomes a Museum..
dont asked me on the historical side on how exactly it changes from time to time.. haha..
i just knew that when the Byzantine period ended.. then the Ottoman made it as a mosque.. haha..
again. another jaw-dropping interior design..
the dome, the hemisphere, the mozaic, the decoration.. all just fall in the right place that makes Hagia Sophia beautiful.
hahaha.. *im talking as if i know architecture* hahaha..
*above picture taken from livescience.com*
i forgot to take the front look of the bulding.. =(
anyway.. it’s how it looks like in the inside.. hehe
too bad some construction are in progress when we were there.
but nevertheless.. it’s still looks great.. hehe..
3. Basilica Cistern – 10 TL
The Museum that somehow i like the most among the 4 Museums..
and luckily for this one.. the Q was not that long..
It’s the Medusa’s Crib. haha..
well.. not really Medusa’s crib..
it was actually a place to store water during Byzantine’s period..
and they found some big stone / sculpture that resembles Medusa’s face..
i quite like some Greek mythology.. so that’s why i like this place the most. haha..
the place is so cooling.. you can feel water dripping from above as well.
many pillars / columns over there..
and they set the lighting quite dark that makes a bit of eerie atmosphere.. haha..
owh.. above is some stories about Medussa..
so the Greek Myth said that Medusa was a very beautiful lady.
she has long black hair, beautiful black eyes, gorgeous body and she was very proud of it.
Perseu, the son of Zeus fell in love with Medusa.
but at the same time Athene, one of the goddess likes Perseus.
and here comes the drama..
Athene used her power to turned Medusa’s black hair to horrible snakes,
and everyone will turned into stone IF they see into Medusa’s eyes..
when Perseus knows that, he beheaded Medusa.
*im not so sure why he did this to the one he love.. ~.~`*
after the ‘murder’. Perseus used Medusa’s head to stoned all his enemies and won many wars after that..
what a story, huh?
here, i can imagine like how Medusa will ‘play’ with you in the midst of the pillars and waters. haha..
Ci Gill said the famous thriller-ficton writer-Dan Brown makes this place as the last destination to solved the mystery.
after visited this place, it makes me want to read the book.
im sure there will be some ‘goosebumps moments’ when you read that. haha..
Basicila Cistern is not very far from Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as well..
these 3 Museums located nearby each other..
you will see a lot of people queuing here and there.. hehe..
4. Topkapi Palace. – 25 TL
This is the largest Museum of all..
well.. it was a Palace of Ottoman Sultans in the first place.. so, what do you expect? haha..
it is freaking huge until we dont know where to go already. ahhaha..
they have several courts and many many rooms.. like the king’s dressing rooms / tea room / accessories room / gifts room / entertainment room / etc etc..
all the rooms are nice.. all are build with expensive materials i assume. haha..
some are coated by gold too !
ohh.. if you dont want to Queue, they have an automatic ticket machine just beside the counter..
we figured it out when 3 of them are queuing.
me and amel tried out the ticket machine..
we thought it was out of order because no one is using..
but it worked ! hahaha.. so we ended up to buy the tix from the machine. and people start using it after our turn. haha.
basically that all for our Museum Hopping.. hehe..
just dressed properly and enjoy the history ! hehe..