Saturday, May 10, 2008


Then we went back to Europe to the i.m.ç. (pronounce (e-may-che), which is the Istanbul Manifaturacilar çarsisi (Istanbul 'Drapers' Market). It's this huge place where they sell fabrics, stuff, draperies, etc. We were looking for some fabrics to cover a small sofa we wanted to have built for the guest room in our place. It's so huge you don't know where to look or go. Anyway, here are some photos I took in the area.

Behind the i.m.ç.

The Church of the Monastery of the Pantocrator was built by Byzantine Emperor John II Comnenus and his wife, Empress Irene. The famous Middle Byzantine monastic foundation included a triple-church, a hostel, a hospital, and a hospice for the elderly, richly endowed by its imperial founders. It is now walled the Zeyrek Mosque. I'm sure my friends Noah and Jessica remember visiting it ;)

Ebul Vefa Hz Mosque in front with the big Süleymaniye Mosque (Suleiman The Magnificent) in the back.

Some back streets looking like a war zone. None of the buildings are finished.

You can see the Golden Horn with the Atatürk Bridge. The far right part is where Taksim would be. The towers far away in the center is where Levent is. And the towers on the far left is where Mecidiyeköy is.

The shoeshine boy left his stuff unattended.

The Zeyrek District on the other side of the main road.

Ekin, Asli and Aydan coming out this Sticker Store happy to have found what they were looking for.

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