Besiktas Fish Market, Aya Sophia, and the Suleymaniye Mosque: the last day in Istanbul
Via GAD’s superb Besiktas Fish Market – a modern classic – we return to Sultanahmet, home of Topkapi and the Roman-built Aya Sophia. We visit the sixth century Cistern Basilica, the Blue Mosque and have lunch in a kofte diner. Adam Architecture’s George Saumerez-Smith pops into the archaeological museum and, when we meet again under a 3,500-year-old obelisk in a square that was once Constantinople’s Hippodrome, he has produced some exquisite scale drawings of quite stunning tilework.
Finally, we walk to Sinan’s masterpiece; the Suleymaniye Mosque. A magnificent complex of domed buildings, stone walkways and gardens dating back to the 1550s, it provides a fitting end to a thought-provoking tour.