At the Crossroads
Vivian Vassos with the red roses in Istanbul in the Sultan Ahmet area of the city.
Caught between Europe and the Middle East, Turkey’s topography and culture provide a visual delight. Take in the sites with our travel editor, Vivian Vassos. Here, her photo journal of Cappadocia and Istanbul.
The Turkish Carpet is renowned for its beauty and intricacy, along with being faithful to traditional and tribal patterns.
Bird’s Eye View
Sunrise is the best time to take in a hot air balloon ride over this lunar like landscape.
Houses of the Holy
Let There be Light
Sunrise over Cappadocia displays a natural topography mixed with more modern buildings.
The Sultan Ahmet, or Blue Mosque, with its eight minarets, glows golden at night.
City of Roses
The majesty that is the Hagia Sophia, still considered an architectural marvel to this day, is now a museum.
East Meets West
Due to the prescience of the rulers of the day, many artifacts, including religious mosaics and frescoes were preserved and have been restored and on display, here at the Kariye Museum, housed in what was originally the Byzantine St. Saviour in Chora church.
There’s no limit to the varieties of Turkish Delight – bakeries stack the sweets in a rainbow of flavours and colours.