|View of Palace from Bosphorus|
Day one of our sightseeing began with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace, the opulent home of the 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I. It was built between the years 1843 and 1856. It is the largest palace in Turkey and was home to six sultans from 1856 to 1924, the year after Turkey became a republic.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey enacted some of his most important deeds here. One is not allowed to take photographs inside the Palace, so here are some pictures, courtesy of Wikapedia.
The Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground water supply was next.
|Entrance to Grand Bazaar|
P.S. I'd like to thank Donna Shields http://donna-realworldwriting.blogspot.com/ for passing along the One Lovely Blog award to me. I am very grateful and you should all check out Donna's lovely blog. But I have decided not to participate in blog awards anymore. They are a lovely way to find out about new blogs and to honor each other, but they are so so time-consuming and I'm struggling with managing my time online. So thank you, Donna. I really do appreciate you thinking of me.