I Love This Town


Galata Tower,
looking toward the ancient city
across the Golden Horn


We headed out this morning with even more of our gradually arriving group and visited the sixteenth-century Süleymaniyye Mosque, one of Sinan’s masterpieces.  (I’d post a photograph of it, but photographs have been causing me inordinate trouble on this hotel’s WiFi.)  Then we spent time in the marvelous Archaeological Museum, followed by lunch and an ascent of Justinian’s sixth-century Galata Tower, which offers yet another spectacular view of this spectacular city.


In the evening, the rest of our group having finally arrived, we held a meeting to explain certain practicalities — I would have led this meeting, had I still been affiliated with the Maxwell Institute; as it was, I was just along for the ride (which has its positive dimensions) — and then had our first dinner together.


Still absurdly tired in the evening.  Would like to write more, but finding int difgiclut to b cohearent and to spel correctly.  Hed stilll abowte to hit keyboard.


Posted from Istanbul.



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  • Karen Hyer

    I too love the town you are enjoying. There are so many things to see. Keep well. Karen

    • danpeterson

      I’ll try. I just spent roughly forty-five minutes trapped in a small and crowded elevator. It’s good to be out.

  • Eric

    Dan, great to hear about your adventures. Fact check: Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in the 14th century.

    • danpeterson

      I had always assumed it to be Genoese, but a Turkish acquaintance (who knows Istanbul’s history intimately) told me two days ago that it was a Justinianic foundation. That surprised me, and I now suspect that he is confusing it with the “Megalos Pyrgos,” which was built on a slightly different site and was, in any case, destroyed during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Today’s Galata Tower is undeniably surrounded by Genoese fortifications.