29 May 2013
I have to say this was the most tiring day of all. Because it’s a walking day tour. We walked to almost everywhere. The distance from our hotel to these places was about 5-10 mins je.
Masa sampai sini, Emine started telling us the history of the place. I couldn’t concentrate because my boys sudah start excited melihat kawasan yang begitu luas untuk dijelajahi! My dad, uncle and bro were listening intently. Me and Gee on the other hand sudah sibuk mengejar anak. There were sellers here and there trying to sell us stuff too. We gave in finally and bought a Turkish gasing for IY.
The Blue Mosque (or also known as Sultanahmet Camii by the locals) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. It is known as “Blue Mosque” because of the blue tiles surrounding the walls of the interior design. The mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Sultan Ahmed 1.
The queue to enter the mosque was long but fast moving. Strollers were not allowed so Gee stayed behind with Z outside. One interesting thing about Istanbul is we saw dogs everywhere. As many as cats. Type yang besar2 pulak tu macam German Shephard or askar polis kita tu. But they were very calm and jinak. Tido baring je. Even dalam perkarangan Blue mosque tu ada sekor dua tengah relax tido. The first time nampak, we were nervous takut dia terjah kita ke apa. But Emine assured us that the dogs are okay. Tak kacau orang. Cumaaaa saya risau anak saya yang kacau dia!
Keluar mosque kita masuk Topkapi Palace pulak. Topkapi Palace is a very large palace in Istanbul. It was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign. Another famous palace was the Dolmabahce Palace tapi yang tu we didn’t go. But we saw from outside masa naik Bosphorus cruise. Manusia punyala ramai! It was the peak summer tourist season. No wonder lah kan.
Strollers were also not allowed inside the buildings. Z was sleeping so we hang out kat luar palace courtyard je layan amik picture while the rest of the family masuk tengok tinggalan sejarah. Among the stuff they got to see were the robes of the sultans, pedang Nabi Muhammad S.A.W and other holy relics di zaman kegemilangan empayar Islam dulu. Tu yang beratur panjang orang masuk nak tengok tu.
It used to be a church during the Constantinople years. When the Ottoman Turks conquered Istanbul it was turned into a mosque. Later when Turkey became a Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk instructed for it to become a museum. As we entered the building, we could see tinggalan sejarah that reflected an image of a church. Still ada painting image of Maryam, Nabi Isa (a.s) and detailing dia memang still very church-ish. When we entered the main area, baru nampak ALLAH MUHAMMAD signs and kalimah suci Al-Quran on the ceiling and walls. Sungguh cantik Subhanallah!
We were almost done for the day. But not until singgah sebentar kat Grand Bazaar for some shopping experience! We didn’t shop menggila. Just the basic tourist-y common stuff like fridge magnets, tshirts and stuff.
I wanna finish my Istanbul entries sebelum my travelling mojo is gone! Nanti lupa pulak details satu2 apa nak cerita. I didn’t jot down apa2 pun sepanjang kat sana. My writings are all based on what I remember when I see my pictures. And little bit of Wiki if I don’t remember the history facts.
After Grand Bazaar we head back to the hotel. Walking. Memang dekat sangat hotel. Again, we were knackered to the bone. After solat, we all keluar balik to get dinner. Tapau je balik bilik. I can’t remember what we ate. I think it was Burger King. Haha..baru hari ketiga dah lemau tengok kebab and doner.
Ok next up is Day 4. Stay tuned!