This week’s photo of the week was taken at Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul; a fantastic and more peaceful alternative to the more famous Blue Mosque.
The transcontinental city of Istanbul, with Europe and Asia located each side of the Bosphorus Strait, is easy to consider in terms of its major landmarks; the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and Topkapi Palace to name the most famous. But, Istanbul is much more than those major landmarks. Bustling markets, amazing food and a culture unlike anywhere else in Europe make this a truly unique European getaway. Explore the Grand Bazaar and spice market, watch the locals fish off of Galata Koprusu bridge or enjoy Turkish coffee and rahat lokum (Turkish Delight) in one of the many cafes; Istanbul is one of my favourite places to visit in Europe (military uprisings and coups aside).
In addition to all of these fantastic, World -famous, sights Suleymaniye Mosque is my favourite sight in the city. Suleymaniye may not the biggest and it’s not the grandest mosque but it’s easily identifiable on the skyline, much more relaxed than the Blue Mosque and has fantastic views across the city from the garden terrace. The result is that Suleymaniye can provide you with some of the best photos you’ll come away with in Istanbul (free from people with selfie sticks in the background being a major bonus!).