Thursday, January 28, 2010
Blue Mosque Istanbul and Karamursel Turkey Postcard Friendship Friday
The Blue Mosque also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is located in the largest city in Turkey,, Istanbul. I visited this wonderful mosque when I was a young teacher on a US Military Base in 1967 near the town of Karamursel, about 2 hours away from Istanbul. It got its name Blue Mosque from the colorful blue tiles on the walls inside. It was built in 1609 during the rule of Ahmed I. While still used as a mosque it has become a popular tourist attraction of Istanbul Turkey. (I have seen the Sultans name spelled either Ahmed or Ahmet)Here our host nation teacher is showing bread cooking in a hot Turkish Oven. The second graders enjoyed the trip and got to sample the bread.
This is the main street of the town of Karamursel on the Sea of Marmara. The closest larger city would be Yalova. Parked on the side of the street is the Military bus which was our school bus. These field trips were fun for the class and very educational. Unfortunately this area of Turkey had a devasting earthquake over a decade ago. I remained on the base for one year with many side trips on the weekends. The highlight of my trip was seeing the whirling dervishes in Konya. At another time I will share a photo of that. (From there I went to England for 2 years, then home)
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