Thursday May 21st
Sites Visited: Chora (Kariye) Church, Theodosian Walls, Rustem Pasha Camii.
Where did we stay tonight?: Istanbul
Leaders: Kate Ginsberg and Joe Indvik
Today we once again got an early start after feasting on the delicious dessert-for-breakfast buffet that the Hotel Tria had to offer. Our day began with a tram ride to the docks, where we caught a quick ferry to take us up part of the Golden Horn. The first stop for our group was the Kariye Camii, or Chora Church, another church turned mosque that originally stood outside the walls of Istanbul and is famous for its mosaics, which depict events from the lives of the Virgin Mary and Jesus and other religious scenes. We then walked along some of the Theodosian city walls and admired the view of the Bosphorus and the various neighborhoods of Istanbul. Next we caught a bus back to the dock area to tour the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which featured many beautiful Iznik tiles. We were then turned loose for a short lunch break, and the group split up to enjoy seafood, doner (the Turkish equivalent of the gyro), or various other edibles purchased from the nearby Spice Bazaar. We spent the afternoon at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which also houses a tile collection and a building dedicated to the ancient Orient. After a brief lecture, we divided up into groups to perform a scavenger hunt of the most famous museum artifacts and write up some captions for our photos. But our work wasn’t yet done, because as soon as we handed that in we were hard at work on our latest Iliad assignment. After finishing that, the group explored a bit and found some very authentic Turkish restaurants for dinner before going to bed for some much needed sleep and to dream about our future purchases at the Grand Bazaar the next day.
Boats on the Golden Horn.
On the ferry up the Golden Horn.
Kathryn and Kait enjoy the ride.
Chris has a traditional tea on the ferry up the Golden Horn.
Enjoying the Bosporus ferry ride.
Panorama of Constantinople from the ferry.
Huddling together on the ferry up the Golden Horn.
Tulip truck in downtown Istanbul.
Special FSP guest Chris Young '05 poses with a dramatic fishing tackle display.
Heading to the Chora Church through the conservative Fatih district of Istanbul.
Dallis and Jason commune with a local outside the Chora Church.
Joe gets cuddly with a Turco cat.
Guest Lecturer Clare Ciraz speaks to the group about the Chora Church.
Gazing upward at the mosaics in the Chora Church.
Charlie sees the light.
A striking mosaic at the Chora Church.
More gazing upward.
Mosaics at the Chora Church.
Alex M. and Jason take notes under the watchful eyes of saints.
A fishmonger prepares today's catch from his traveling storefront.
Chris and Prof. Christesen investigate a fruit vendor's cart.
Kait takes a patented "Selfie" by the Theodosian walls.
Alex A., a strapping lad, in front of the walls.
Scaling the defenses.
Prof. Christesen and Ben boldly tackle the treacherous staircase up the Theodosian Walls (OSHA would not approve).
Charlie enjoys the view from the walls.
Chris et al wander about on the walls.
Dallis on the walls.
The group learns a bit about the history of life along the Theodosian Walls.
The walls inspire Kait to invent the Firebat, a cryptofaunal beseiger of Byzantine cities.
Prayer instructions at Rustem Pasha mosque.
Kathryn takes a photo of the exterior Iznik tiles at Rustem Pasha.
Lecture by our guide inside the mosque.
Interior of Rustem Pasha Mosque.
Rustem Pasha Mosque.
A pair of curious doves peeping into the mosque.
The spice bazaar.
Turkish delight on display in the spice bazaar.
Fruits and sweets on sale (including organic (!) apricots and (?) Viagra) at the spice bazaar.
A fortune-telling rabbit (?) outside the archaeological museum.
Jerry and Chris evade the guardian lions in front of the Istanbul archaeological museum.
Kait swoons at the magnificence of the Near Eastern artifacts in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
Nothing like a mid-day Ablution to regain lost juve for the afternoon.
A tiled mihrab from the museum's tile collection.
An apotropaic beast in the museum.
An elaborate Roman sarcophagus at the museum.
He only speaks the truth!