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Some additional questions Feast of Sacrifice openings/closings
From previous posts I see that the Grand Bazaar will be closed for all 4 days of the Feast of Sacrifice.
It appears that restaurants and other shops will be open.
We will be arriving on Thursday night and are trying to work out the plan for Friday (had planned to start with the Bazaar).
I've looked at the available websites for the Mosques, Churches and Museums and most do not indicate they are closed but some confirmation would be appreciated.
Will the following be open on Friday Nov 19?
Suleymaniye Cami Kulliyesi
Thanks in advance for any help.
Re: Some additional questions Feast of Sacrifice openings/closings
All the mosques will be open to visit so Blue Mosque and Suleymaniye won't be exceptions. I also suggest you to visit Rustempasa Mosque. I don't think the main touristic spots like Aya Sofya or Basilica Cistern will be close, but just wait for some other VT members to confirm. Take a look at my Istanbul page for useful tips on places to visit and restaurants to try.
Travel Tips for Istanbul
My first friends there, Having breakfast at Hotel Vila Zurich a raining- as all of it- morning.we had breakfast together almost every morning!
Some little communications problems but with my Turkish at zero was similar contact like with people...
During the Byzantine Era there was a hippodrome near the Blue Mosque with a capacity of 10,000 people. In 1606, Sultan Ahmet wanted to build a mosque bigger, more majestic and more beautiful than the Saint Sophia Church, and he did indeed build a mosque; you will be the one to judge which one is more impressive.
The Blue mosque is called 'Sultan Ahmet Camii' in Turkish, which means the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet. The mosque was built in the classic Ottoman style and is located just in front of Saint Sophias' Church the Sultan Ahmet district of Istanbul. Mosques were generally built to be used as a public service for the citizens.
There are some buildings near the Blue mosque which include a theology school, a Turkish bath, a kitchen that used to serve soup for the poor, and shops. The shops would provide revenue for maintaining the mosque.
The Blue mosque, as the name implies, was decorated with blue tiles and also glass-work with the same color. There are no images or statues inside the mosque since Islam forbids praying to images of any kind.
Before entering the mosque you should take your shoes off. You should not wear miniskirts, shorts, or very low neckline dresss. The staff at the mosque will give you a wrap-round shawl cover yourself if they find your clothing is not appropriate for the mosque
Yes, I know that turkish bath is mandatory! Forgive me, but I have bad experiences with massage, and that made me skip it. I know that I was at the door of one of the most famous turkish baths, in Sultanhammet, near Grand Bazaar, but didn't pass the door.
Maybe in my third visit!
The Famous Streets of Istanbul
The Freemasonic Temple at Nur-u Ziya street in Istiklal Caddesi.
Hadji Bektas Veli was a famous scolar who lived in XIVth and XVth centuaries. He influenced Turkish life with his humanistic thoughts. I believe that he influenced masonry also. Here is a verse of him which is typical Masonic.
"The apprentices hew the stones
They submit them to the master
And cut out each piece
In the name of the Holy God"
"Sakirdleri tas yonarlar
Yonup ustada sunarlar
Calapýn adýn anarlar
Tasin her bir paresinde"
Semsi Ahmed Pasa Mosque
The Semsi Pasha Mosque located in a large and densely populated district of Üsküdar.
The Semsi Pasha Mosque is one of the smallest mosques to be commissioned by a grand vizier. Its miniature dimensions combined with its picturesque waterfront location make it one of the most attractive mosques in city. Semsi Ahmet Pasha succeeded Sokollu Mehmet Pasha as grand vizier, and may have been involved in his murder. Mimar Sinan built this mosque for him in 1580.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 32.56" N 29° 0' 40.48" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Semsi Pasa Mosque.
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