Pictures of our last two days in Istanbul

Here are the last of the pictures I’ll post on the blog. There are more where this came from, so if you are REALLY interested, just ask and I’ll make a pot of tea while I show you.

Here is are some pictures of St. Savior in Chora Church (which became a mosque, than a museum) just outside the old city walls of Istanbul. The first structure of the church was built in the 4th century. The current building was constructed in the 11th century.

The mosaics and frescoes in this church are amazing. Together they depict the life of Christ, and considering their age they are amazingly well preserved.

Henry was unimpressed.

I wish I had a better camera with me; I’m going to order a book about the church because it was so amazing, even as small as it was.

Henry was much happier with lunch afterward.

And he also relished his last ferry ride in Istanbul.

The next day Henry went to Zeynep’s preschool while Banu and I went to meet with people in the gender studies program at Istanbul University. I have some not-so-good pictures of the speaker that afternoon that I’ll spare you, but I did take some great photos of the university. Here are some from the building that houses the Economics Department, where Banu’s husband Murat works.

Here is a picture of Beyazit Tower, a famous landmark on the campus.

And here is the main entrance to the campus.

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