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Cruising on the Bosphorus

On my last evening in Istanbul, I went for a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus. Most of my photography is done in a walkabout way, so I wanted an opportunity to remain seated while still enjoying eye-catching perspectives.

There are plenty of options for such a cruise on offer in Istanbul, and most follow the same route starting at one of Beyoğlu piers, going north along the European side to where the middle bridge over the strait stands, then moving closer to the Anatolian side while going south as far as the mouth of the Golden Horn, and then returning to the starting point. The pictures in this set are presented in roughly chronological order along that loop. Some of the sights herein have already been featured in these retrospectives, while others I could only see via taking this cruise.

As a side note, you will notice many Turkish flags covering building façades. I was in Istanbul literally during the week that the country celebrated 100 years since the establishment of the modern republic by Kemal Atatürk. I surmise that in non-celebratory times the flags are not as ubiquitous.

The 19th-century Dolmabahçe Mosque is one of just a few mosques that enjoy a prominent waterfront location.
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Dolmabahçe Palace is one familiar sight – we saw its grounds in this installment.
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Another elegant waterfront mosque, known as Ortaköy, and the southernmost Bosphorus crossing also appeared in that post.
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Beyond that bridge are areas of Istanbul that I have not ventured to, such as the pretty neighborhood of Arnavutköy.
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Both sides of the strait are dotted with palatial buildings. Not all are palaces. This one is the Egyptian consulate.
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The walls and towers of the Rumeli Fortress, a 15th-century military outpost built by Sultan Mehmet a year before his conquest of Constantinople with the expressed goal of controlling the strait.
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The neighborhood under Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the middle crossing over the Bosphorus, with the standout red building of the Borusan Contemporary Art Museum.
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Zeki Paşa Mansion dates from the early 20th century, built for one of the military commanders of the last sultan.
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Google Maps show no important markers on the Anatolian side by the same bridge, which suggests that these terraced mansions are private villas.
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A good illustration of how I am sometimes too much attracted to bright colors. This particular red building is apparently a very recent and not in any sense historic construction. To the left of it outside the frame, stands Zarif Mustafa Mansion, partially dating to the 18th century but visually somewhat more bland.
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The waterfront neighborhood of Anadolu Hisari is presided over by the 14th-century fort that gives it its name.
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The Neo-Baroque mid-19th-century Küçüksu Kasrı, built for sultan’s enjoyment and now a palace museum.
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This huge building, Kuleli Military High School, kind of looks the part once you know its function.
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Far in the distance on the Anatolian side is seen the top of the Çamlıca Tower, rising to 587 meters. In addition to its main function as the telecommunication hub, it has an observation deck and a restaurant billed as “the top of Istanbul”.
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You can also glimpse from here the incredible Çamlıca Mosque that we explored in this installment.
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A couple of random shots of Anatolian coastal neighborhoods.
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Another 19th-century summer residence of Ottoman sultans, Beylerbeyi Palace is built in undeniably Western style but reputedly retains more Eastern features than, for instance, Dolmabahçe.
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A look across the strait towards the European side and the already familiar Ortaköy Mosque.
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And what is a sunset cruise without sunset pictures…
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One more familiar sight – the Maiden’s Tower.
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The moon over the southernmost Bosphorus bridge.
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And closing the loop, the after-dark shots of the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Dolmabahçe Mosque.
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With that, we come to the end of the photo recap of my Turkish adventure in the Fall of 2023. Other destinations await!