After breakfast, we headed to Süleymaniye Mosque, which was the second largest mosque in Istanbul. Took the tram to Beyazit which stopped right in front of the infamous Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı). From there, the mosque was a short (albeit a little confusing) walk away.
Passing by the outside of Grand Bazaar enroute to Süleymaniye Mosque.
Reached the mosque. From a glance, it looked similar to the Blue Mosque.
Wudhu’ area and beautiful arches above it.
A huge chandelier decorated the prayer hall.
Layers of arches inside.
The holy Quran had its own corner.
Didn’t I tell you the chandelier was huge?
A classic marble sink. The tap didn’t work. Yes, I tried :-p
A pose at the entrance before leaving...
And another near the gate...
One more from the outside to capture the beautiful domes...
Across the mosque, there was an alley heading to Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi. What’s that?
Süleymaniye Library, which houses the largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the world.
We then walked back to the Grand Bazaar. Shopping time! Or so I thought. The truth was, prices of things at the Grand Bazaar were easily three times more expensive that what you could get by the roadside. A place to check out? Yes. A place to buy things? Not really, unless you found something that you really like.
Inside the Grand Bazaar. Beautiful architecture.
Beautiful things to see. And touch. And buy, only if you really like them and you have the time to bargain ala Petaling Street.
Thirsty? Help yourselves to some water here.
Some info on the bazaar.
We were only in the bazaar for hardly an hour when somebody started to feel nauseous. At first we thought it was due to the closed space combined with the smell of Turkish scents from the shops. Later we figured out it was actually food poisoning. So we returned to the hotel so the sickly one could get some rest. I went back to the Grand Bazaar on my own to continue where we left off.
Tired of walking with shopping bags in tow, I stopped by at Starbucks for iced latte with Irish cream syrup and a pink coloured vanilla cake.
Went to the pharmacy to get some oral rehydration salt for the sickly one and returned to the hotel. Spent the night indoors, surfing the internet, while my patient recouped.
Day 3 - Done!