Haliç, Istanbul Turkey

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Haliç ( aka Golden horn, or Khrysokeras in Greek ) is a horn-shaped estuary wich divides European Istanbul.

Haliç (aka Golden horn, or Khrysokeras in Greek) is a horn-shaped estuary which divides European Istanbul. It used to be the best natural Harbor in the world, at Byzantine times.

The Byzantine Empire has its naval headquarters there, and walls were built along the shoreline to protect the city of Constantinople from naval attacks.

A large chain blocked Haliç every night, preventing unwanted ships from entering.

From Sultahnamet, we took a taxi to visit Kariye Müzesi , and then another taxi to go to the Mosque of Eyüp. We took the funicular to Pierre Loti’s café, had a drink and watched to the gorgeous view on the golden horn, then went back to our hotel, hurrying but missing the regular boat, took a taxi-boat, which was a wonderful trip.

written by azurblue on 2009-10-20 in #world #locations #golden-horn #istanbul #turkey #history #l-boat-visit-tourism-europe #halic #harbour-estuary-nava #byzantine

6 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ho... You've been to such nice places... Very pretty gallery again !

  2. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    A big <3, stouf, for all your kind comments !!!

  3. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    A big <3, stouf, for all your kind comments !!!

  4. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    have you tasted those kind of pretzel out of the blu mosquee?...are delicious, aren't they?

  5. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Oh yes a-l-b-e-r-t-o-, the little breads with sesame, the simits, I loved them !
    They are so much tasty than the corn in the ear you can eat boilded or roasted

  6. nural
    nural ·

    Lomographer Was Here! Nural

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