Istanbul Photography

Galata Tower Istanbul Sunset

I had a beautiful sunset view from the rooftop of my apartment in Galata

Four weeks in Istanbul means a lot of photos!  Here are some of my favorite more obscure shots from some familiar and not so familiar parts of the city.  When I can travel slow and have the time to really live in a city – I enjoy getting out and seeing the local life outside of the tourist attractions.  I was lucky enough to meet locals who were eager to show me their city beyond the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia.  Thanks to my new local friends I was able to experience beautiful sunsets and sunrises, try new foods, and really get to know my way around Istanbul with my camera.

inside the blue mosque

The intricate inside of the Blue Mosque

Baskets in Beyoğlu

Beyoğlu neighborhood where kids play out on the streets at all hours


St. Anthony of Padua Church Istanbul

St. Anthony of Padua Church on Istaklal Street

Reading your future in your coffee grounds

Get your fortune read in coffee shops on Istiklal St.

Beyazit Mosque Istanbul

Beyazit Mosque with a blue sky backdrop

Evil Eyes for sale on Istiklal St.

Bosporus sunrise

Bosporus sunrise

Beyazit Mosque

Inside Beyazit Mosque

Istanbul bridge

The hilly neighborhoods of Istanbul

turkish coffee

Turkish coffee – a jolt of goodness!



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27 Comments so far

  1. Mike says:

    Great pictures Sherry! I am especially fond of the first one, with the setting sun! Safe Travels !!!

  2. So beautiful – I want to go there. Right. Now. Thanks for your photos and post, Sherry!

  3. Laurie says:

    Beautiful photos!!! Turkey is on the list!

  4. Yeliz says:

    Great photos Shelly, I love them , please share some Turkish foods :))

  5. Jenn D says:

    Awesome photos! as always! and of course I pinned them all!! :)

  6. Really love all of the images, but the one with the evil eyes, and the kids in Beyoglu speak to me most. I’ll be in Istanbul again in like 2 weeks – so excited!

  7. Andrea says:

    Beautiful shots of one of my favorite cities in the world!

  8. Leah says:

    Stunning photos!! I wasn’t there for nearly as long but I absolutely loved it! I recently did a post on instanbul, but from a very different perspective. I’d love to hear if you had a similar experience:
    Cheers, Leah

  9. G k bhatia says:

    Nice photographs.i intend to visit this city next year

  10. Susan says:

    This takes me back to my favorite places in Istanbul. Thank you!

  11. really good photos.. thanks alot.. if u miss istanbul, i can suggest a link which u can watch some locations online.

  12. I spent a good month in Istanbul this year, so your photos were a great nostalgic trip for me! So beautiful… sigh, makes me wanna go back…

    PS your shots are incredible!

  13. jan says:

    I love your photos of Istanbul. My fav is of the kids playing in the street and that gorgeous sunset colour.

  14. Daniel says:

    Tjat “evil eye” is misnamed. That is the eye of Allah and its used to ward off the evil eye or bad luck.

  15. Donna Hull says:

    A lovely series of photos from Turkey. Sherry, I really enjoyed these. They made me feel as if I’m there.

  16. Göktuğ says:

    There’s whole lot more to see, so you’re all welcome to my charming city Istanbul :-) just a little correction though, it’s neither evil’s nor God’s eye. It is believed that some blue eyes (especially when dark and deep) may carry negative energy and bring poor luck. These glass made stones are believed to balance the negative energy to protect the one wearing or keeping them on or around.

    Photos are great by the way :-)

  17. Great photos – you’ve captured the city well!

  18. Your pictures of Istanbul are the best I have ever seen!

  19. Matt McGee says:

    Very well done. I want to go to there to get images just like these. Great job!

  20. Natalie says:

    They are all excellent but I think number three is my favorite

  21. Cheryl says:

    Wow oh wow, these pictures are beautiful. I can’t wait to see Istanbul for myself someday!

  22. Istanbul is one of my favourite cities! Your photos are amazing!

  23. Turtle says:

    Beautiful shots! I never knew where to look in Istanbul – at the intricate details or the huge buildings. You’ve managed to capture both so well here!!

  24. aci says:

    been there last sept-october. your pic definetely bring memories. sure will be back! :)

  25. Candice says:

    Istanbul is one of my favorite cities. You pictures are beautiful, and makes me want to go back now:-)

  26. Pondrafi says:

    OMG, the photos look really really great. especially the intricately designed ceiling of the Masjid.

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