Church of Saint Mary of Blachernae
Mimar Sinan's Sundial
As you can see, the sundial is perpendicular to the ground and is read differently
from the more usual ones seen today. Here, the sun casts a shadow at 11:00!
A house built into the ancient walls
Tahta Minare Camii
Fener Rum Erkek Lisesi
We couldn't leave the area without paying a visit to the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, a title that has been handed down since the 6th century.
As we entered the chapel, everyone gasped in amazement at the opulence of the decorations.
This gate is permanently welded shut, after the Patriarch, Gregory V was hanged
from the lintel by the Ottomans, after the Greek Revolt in Peloponnesus.
Our heads now whirling with all our new-found knowledge, we ended our day with a magnificent lunch beside the Golden Horn.
Our happy band of explorers!