Adventure in Istanbul – Photos of Mosque and Palace

This post contains some of my best photos of mosques and palaces during a ten-day trip to Istanbul.

The first time I set foot in a mosque, which was the Blue Mosque two years ago, I was stunned by the extremely beautiful colors and patterns of the interior, and the magnificence of the of the structure. I started to take tons of pictures to record what I saw, but unfortunately, I found most of the photos unappealing after the trip.

It’s always difficult to shoot inside a mosque, church, or museum. The light is often very dim and tripods are forbidden, so it’s quite challenging to take a sharp picture. Also because there are always so many tourists, it’s almost impossible to avoid people capturing the people standing in front of you. Plus, since the inner space is often quite narrow, most of the time you can only catch a partial shot of the building.

This time, I finally found the perfect solution – taking HDR panoramas. This way, you can create sharp and colorful picture of the whole structure without losing detail. It can also the reduce noise caused by taking shots at high ISO. The other trick is to visit the place on a weekday, even better if it’s right before it closes, so there will be fewer people, giving you a better chance to keep the crowds out of your picture.

The first four pictures are made from 12-15 photos each. I also included some of my favorite pictures of the details and exteriors of the buildings. Enjoy!

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Suleymaniye Mosque

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Mihrimah Mosque

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Rüstem Pasha Mosque

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Blue Mosque

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Hagia Sophia

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Rüstem Pasha Mosque

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Topkapi Palace

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Topkapi Palace

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

Topkapi Palace

Photos of Mosque and Palaces

New Mosque

 

For more beautiful travel photos, check out:

Adventure in Istanbul – Travel Photos and Shoot Locations

For more dining experience and delicious food pictures, check out my Adventure in Istanbul series at:

Adventure in Istanbul – Colorful Street Food
Adventure in Istanbul – Dinner at Karaköy Lokantası
Adventure in Istanbul – Enjoy Turkish Meze
Adventure in Istanbul – Dinner at Meze by Lemon Tree
Adventure in Istanbul – Enjoy Turkish Coffee
Adventure in Istanbul – Lunch at Gram
Breakfast Experience in Istanbul

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4 thoughts on “Adventure in Istanbul – Photos of Mosque and Palace

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi John, thank you for stopping by and I’m glad you like my photos. Istanbul is a great city and have so many beautiful mosques. Can’t not help but taking many pictures of them! 🙂

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  1. hsu yi chnag

    Thank you to remind me the nice memory of Turkish food, some I did stoped several times a day(maybe the Turkish delight shop is Mustafe near thr Cirkisi train station? Will be back next winter to refresh the good time !!

    Thanks a lot

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    1. Maggie Post author

      The trips in Turkey is definitely one of my best. I still want to go back to Istanbul all the time. The city is so beautiful and the food was SO GOOD. I do not remember the name of the Turkish delight shop, but from its location on the map, I think it’s the one you mentioned. It’s quite large and busy, so we went right in!
      You’re the most welcome! Have a great day 🙂

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