This is Ottoman calligraphy on the fabric covering of a sarcophagus at the Sultan Mahmud II Türbe in Sultanahmet. The mausoleum was built in 1840 and houses several family members. Here are some views of the türbe and attached cemetery. Mahmud II, a political reformer, was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1808-39.
Here is a musical motif on an apartment door. This building is on the edge of the Bülbül (nightingale) neighborhood in the Beyğolu district. An earlier post shows a variety of apartment doors in my neighborhood, but none as unusual as this. Here is a larger view of the metalwork on this door:
The Sea of Marmara as seen from the Küçük Ayasofya neighborhood in Fatih. Some of these ships are probably waiting their turn to navigate the challenging Bosphorus. For details about how treacherous this can be, here is information about navigating your yacht through the straights.
This is part of the tile artwork at the Kabataş end of the Kabataş-Taksim funicular. Kabataş is on the Bosphorus which is convenient for its vapur stop.
Here is a fairly close shot of the mosaic detail in one of the domes of the inner narthex at the Chora Church (museum). The original church, built in the 5th century, survived a number of disasters, both natural and man-made. The Byzantine mosaics date from the early 14th century. More about the church here.
This is a close-up of tiles found on the exterior wall of an apartment building on the far edge of the Fatih district, roughly here. This is very close to the northern end of the old city wall.
This dome is in the Tiled Kiosk at the Istanbul Archeology Museum(s). This kiosk was built as a garden pavilion by Mehmet II in 1472, and now holds displays of tiles and pottery. Mehmet II is the guy who conquered Constantinople – at the age of 21 – laying to rest the Byzantine Empire.
Seen on a wall in Kadıköy. The Turks call him Şarlo.
This is a view of the Serpentine Column. It is 2500 years old (just like this sarcophagus). The column was constructed by the Greeks from captured weapons melted down after they defeated the invading Persians at the Battle of Plataea (479 BC), and placed at the Apollo Temple at Delphi. This was another thing (like the obelisk) that Emperor Constantine purloined and brought to Constantinople 800 years later, and placed in the Hippodrome. It is found today in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. Here is a full view of the column.