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Famously spanning two continents (one of only four cities in the world to do so), Istanbul combines cosmopolitan European chic with the crafts and cuisine of the Middle East. Its skyline is dominated by the spires of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (and, unlike in Morocco, tourists are allowed to enter the mosques although shoes must be removed and women must cover their hair); you can also find many other examples of architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras.  After the sun sets, the evening’s entertainment is brought to you by belly dancers or whirling dervishes: the white-robed dancers who spin on the spot accompanied by traditional music. The dance of the whirling dervish, whilst impressive, is a devoutly spiritual performance and it’s considered bad form to photograph them.

 

The spires of the Blue Mosque dominate the city skyline
Hagia Sofia
Lanterns for sale in the Grand Bazaar
Lanterns in the Grand Bazaar
The ornate ceiling in the Blue Mosque
The ornate ceiling in the Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sofia
Men washing their feet before entering the mosque
Men washing their feet before entering the mosque
Egyptian spice market
Egyptian spice market
Women demonstrate in Taksim Square, on the European side
Women protesting in Taksim Square
Breaking the Ramadan fast at a sweetcorn stall
Breaking the Ramadan fast at a sweetcorn stall
Basilica cistern
The Basilica underground cistern

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