Night Lights.

9 11 2012

Left Top: Natalie and I on the subway to Coskun’s place.
Left Middle: Looking down on the city from the Galata Tower.
Bottom: Looking toward the Galata Tower (it’s the highest building you can see in the picture).
Right: The inside of the Blue Mosque.

I visited the Topkapi Palace, which actually was pretty big and very beautiful, as well as the Blue Mosque, today. Because Friday is the Muslim holy day, the Mosque was crowded. Actually, I had to come back later, as I didn’t realize that it was actually closed for prayer during certain times of the day. In the picture, you can see a tower-like structure behind the lights. I believe that it is for someone to stand at the top (before noon prayer on Fridays) and give a “sermon”. Where the picture was taken was the closest visitors were allowed to the front (it is still a used Mosque, unlike the Hagia Sophia, which is a historical center now). The women prayed in back behind a screen.

Something interesting was that there was a “call to prayer” every day, where someone would sing/chant over a loudspeaker so that the Muslims knew it was time to pray. Turkey is considered a Muslim country, yet Istanbul is very modern and diverse in this regard.

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” ~Galatians 2:21

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