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Old September 17th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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From Austria to Georgia by train and bus

This summer, I made a 2 weeks trip by train and bus which led me from Vienna to the booming Georgian port city Batumi, crossing the Balkans and whole Turkey. During the trip, I made stops in Sofia, Istanbul, Bursa, Ankara, Sivas, Samsun and Batumi and took plenty of pictures there.
As I already portrayed the first two cities Sofia and Istanbul in another thread ( http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...296&highlight= ), I didn┤t make a representative city portrait this time, but only took some random snapshots there, mostly in average quarters.

Here┤s the first part of my pics:

Sofia, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian capital (1.2 million inhabitants) is not really a popular touristic destination, both because of the infrastructure which is not really in good shape and because of its very chaotic cityscape. But though the city definitely deserves to be discovered and offers you an architectural diversity which sometimes even beats Berlin - where else can you find an Osman 16th century mosque next to a late Roman 3rd century church next to Stalinist monumental architecture of the 1950s next to commieblocks of the 1970s next to 19th century buildings next to modern steel and glass-architecture?





























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Old September 17th, 2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Old September 17th, 2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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A former mosque of the Osman time, 16th century, today National museum of archeology:



St. George, 3rd century, one of the oldest preserved churches in the world with 6th century frescoes in the interior (Taking pictures unfortunately forbidden):





Another Osman 16th century mosque:















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Old September 17th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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Interesting!
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Old September 17th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #5
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So far, very nice photos; i am looking forward for more
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Thank you!
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Old September 18th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #7
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I continued my journey with the night train from Sofia to Istanbul:

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, mega metropolis with a population of 14 million in the city and around 20 million in the agglomeration between Europe and Asia, won┤t need an introduction. As I already portrayed the city extensively in my old thread, I only took a few random snapshots this time, mostly in average quarters and only a few historic sights.





























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too many photos dude...
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Old September 27th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #13
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From Istanbul, I continued my travel with the fast ferry crossing the Marmara Sea and arrived at...

Bursa, Turkey (Part I)

Bursa, Turkey┤s 4th largest city with a population of 1,9 million (For comparison: In 1960, the city had a population of 150,000) and situated around 100 kilometers south of Istanbul, is a must-see for everyone interested in islamic art history. In the 14th century, the city was for some decades the capital of the Osman empire and remained one of its most important cities during the 15th and 16th centuries. So you cand find there still plenty of impressive monuments of early Osman architecture - mosques, public baths, bazaars and old Osman wood houses.

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The great mosque, built from 1396-1400:



















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A 15th century bazaar building:





Little Osman 14th century mosque:















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interesting shots specially those coming from Eastern Europe.
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