Don’t look her in the eye, or you’ll turn into stone!  The upside down face of Medusa at the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the things to see at the popular ancient underground structure. Made more famous by Dan Brown’s novel the Inferno.


Those writings on the plaque, I’m guessing, are written in Ottoman Turkish alphabet. I don’t know what they say. It can be surmised, it has something to do with shopping. After all, it’s located at one of the gates at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey!    

Photo Challenge: Symbol

Minaret (of the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey     The minaret in every mosque symbolizes call to prayer. Mosques are everywhere in Turkey. It’s so easy to spot them because their minarets stand out, most of the time dominating the landscape or skyscape.   

Free Friday: Visit Europe’s Best Ancient Mosque in Istanbul (10 Photos)

No fee things to do in places I visited. We did not visit many free places in Istanbul, but the few that we went to, gave us a glimpse of periods of history of Turkey. One is Rustem Pasha Mosque. Rustem Pasha Mosque is the Spice Bazaar’s neighbor. One could see the stores from its … More Free Friday: Visit Europe’s Best Ancient Mosque in Istanbul (10 Photos)