images from istanbul

Here are some photos that I took in Istanbul. The images above and below were shot in Balat. This area used to be the first Jewish neighborhood of Istanbul established long before the Jews expelled from Spain were allowed by the Ottomans to settle in this area of the city. Balat has been lately abandoned by its once prosperous population. The district fell in disrepair and is now mostly inhabited by working class migrants from the Black Sea region.

The photos were shot on a rainy day, which strengthen the area’s atmosphere that I was trying to capture.

The images above and below show the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

This historical mosque is also known and referred to as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

When you are in Istanbul you should definitely visit the Spice Bazaar (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar).This is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. The colors and smells are amazing!

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. It is worth visiting this bazaar (great to buy souvenirs) but most stalls sell the same products and you probably won’t find any special and unique items.

20 Responses to images from istanbul

  1. wow these photos are amazing. That market looks fantastic (those lamps!).

  2. lovely images.
    thanks for sharing, I love the one with all the lights.

  3. Those pictures are just amazing. The colors, the lights. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You have a wonderful eye for beauty, which is most obvious with these photos. They really move me, I feel as if I am actually there. Love your work. Thanks sooooo much! Hugs, L x

  5. Your photographs make me want to go back to visit Istanbul! My closest friend has made the city his home and I spent 10 days with him there a couple of years ago. It’s a very inspiring city in terms of aesthetics.

  6. Welcome back home Danielle. So happy to see these beautiful photos.

    Did you buy anything? 🙂

  7. absolutely stunning. all of them!

  8. Stellar photos! I especially love the last one with all the colorful plates and bowls. Beautiful colors!

  9. Thanks for all your kind comments! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed my photos1

  10. gorgeous photos!

  11. thank you for sharing these pictures of one of my favorite cities. I can practically hear the vendors and smell the food. Fantastic!

  12. I love Istanbul and it’s great to sort of revisit the city in your beautiful pictures!

  13. These photos are fantastic

  14. Lovely images! The bazaar looks so very tempting

  15. oh I love the crafts in the the Grand Bazaar, the color is amazing, and the patterns and graphics. I can’t put my eyes off …

  16. Hi, I love these photos, I have taken some similar shots, like of the light shop in the street near the grand bazaar entrance. All of your photos are beautiful! I love Istanbul too and can’t wait to be back there. Visiting next January and looking forward to a winter experience and lots of photos in the winter light.

  17. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my photos!

    December is still a few months away but I am wishing you a great time. With lots of beautiful picture opportunities!

  18. great photos.
    it must have been an experience.

  19. bü?ra erarslan

    i love Istanbulll ..!

  20. well done!

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