Monday, January 25, 2016

The attack in Istanbul

I don't know if you heard about the ISIS attack in Istanbul last week that killed 8.  Eddie and I were right there in June.  It is horribly sad, since the people of Istanbul were some of the nicest people I have ever met!

The pictures above are of Ed and I in front of the new fountains that line the square between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia (the building behind us).  The Hagia Sophia was a Orthodox (Eastern) Catholic Church built starting in the 6th century.  It was the biggest building on the planet for a century and is still a marvel of engineering. 
After the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople (Istanbul's old name, after Roman Emperor Constantine that moved the Roman Empire here), it turned Hagia Sophia into a Mosque.  In the 1930s it was turned into a museum.  It is gorgeous.  There are still first century murals of tiles of Jesus and Mary, as well as the beautiful calligraphy of when it was a Mosque.
The Blue Mosque across from the Hagia Sophia.

An Egyptian Obelisk that the Romans brought to Constantinople in the 6th Century.  You can see this int he background of the pictures of the attack.  It is horrendously sad.

Blue Mosque on the first night of Ramadan.

From the spice market.  Near the square.

The ritual foot washing station outside the Blue Mosque

Me..  Seriously, some of the best people you will ever meet.
The people of Turkey really don't deserve this.  They have taken in over 2 million Syrian refugees.  And it isn't the Muslim issue, since both ISIS and Turkey are primarily Sunni.  Nope, it is that Turkey is an ally of ours and ISIS wants to spread their hate.

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