Istanbul has had its moments of beauty and grandeur.  You can relive a bit of it’s heyday in the Hagia Sophia, the Archaeology Musem and the Topkapi Palace.

 

Topkopi Palace (mini, acrylics)

Topkopi Palace (mini, acrylics)

The Topkapi Palace, home of the Sultans, his harem and the eunichs since circa 1450:

Topkapi Palace Entrance   (mini, acrylics)

Topkapi Palace Entrance (mini, acrylics)

Topkapi Palace Courtyard (mini, acrylics)

Topkapi Palace Courtyard (mini, acrylics)

 

 

While we waited to get into one of the rooms at the Palace (we thought it was the main entrance, but we’d already passed it.  It was just one of the rooms!) I sketched a section of the lovely old wall.

 

 

Turkish woman in bus: