March 30, 2012

Istanbul’s Sultanahmet District

Rich lives can be found among the gravestones of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district.
In Istanbul, the dead and living enjoy a surprisingly peaceful coexistence. Whether neglected or cherished, the gravestones and tombs of the common and the great quietly compete for space in this ever-expanding metropolis. Just metres from where tour buses daily disgorge thousands of animated tourists who file through the 400-year-old Blue Mosque lies the grand tomb of the sultan who commissioned it.

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