All posts filed under “Istanbul

Study Tour Video | Greece & Turkey

While we couldn’t adequately capture every moment of the 2012 ISM Study Tour, this video provides a glimpse of some of the sights, sounds, and experiences had during our time in Greece and Turkey.  Enjoy!  ISM Study Tour Video from Yale ISM on Vimeo.

Istanbul | Chora Church | Grand Bazaar

  Our first day in Istanbul started with a visit to the famed Chora monastery, one of the most important buildings in Byzantine Constantinople.  We stopped for lunch at the Grand Bazaar, home to a vast array of spices, textiles, and of course, Turkish Delight! […]

Istanbul | Whirling Dervish

During our second evening in Istanbul, we were treated to a private concert of Turkish music and a traditional  Sema “whirling ceremony”  by Hakan Talu and his Sufi musicians.  Seated in the round at the Galata Mevlivihane in Istanbul, we were mesmerized by the music, ritual, […]

Istanbul | Ecumenical Patriarch

One of our most humbling and reverent mornings in Istantul happened because  Father Stefanos was kind enough to arrange an audience with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the highest see of the worldwide Orthodox Church.  We arrived at the Patriarchate, and were escorted to the […]

Istanbul | Hagia Sophia | Blue Mosque | Old City

  Our visit to Istanbul wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to some of its most legendary sites: Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Old City.  Located on the eastern ‘horn’ (on the European side of the city) of Istanbul, these buildings were […]