We got an early start and headed straight for Sultanahmet, the 'Old Istanbul' section of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for the 1,400 year old Aya Sofya (Haghia Sophia) and the dominant and exquisite Blue Mosque. After the fall of Byzantium, Hagia Sophia was converted into an Ottoman mosque but today it's a monument that serves both Muslims and Christians. We're told that the massive dome was/is the inspiration for the design of many Islamic mosqu...
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Istanbul is a city like no other... literally. It is the only major city on the planet that's geography rests on two continents, Asia and Europe. Our visit to Turkey marked the final chapter of our 5-week tour of the Middle East before we tackled the cold of Eastern Europe. The short two hour flight on Royal Jordanian Airlines had us in Istanbul just after lunch. Before passing through Customs and Immigration we were stunned to learn that Canadians are required...