Buildings and Architecture in Europe
A few minutes walk from the tourist area of Sultanahmet you will find small streets which still have old crumbling Ottoman houses. Pieces of wood are missing, paint is peeling and the houses lean in odd angles making the impression that they can fall apart at any time. Big is the surprise to see that people actually still live in them. You can only hope that they will be preserved instead being replaced with less charismatic architecture but taken their neglected state into account it is probably unlikely. If you fall in love with these wonderful Ottoman houses go to the neighbourhood behind the university west of Sultanahmetwith where the density of them is bigger.
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Rumoured to have been the site of King Arthur and Guinevere's tomb, the Abbey ruins are over 2000 years old and a great place for a bit of architecture photography and solitude. Enjoy the daffodils in spring and the snowbells in winter, you can spend a good hour wandering through the 36 acre parklands that surround the romantic ruins. There is an Abbot's kitchen that is a 14th century octagonal building complete with period food sets and the lives of monks; as well as a herb garden and the Holy Thorn Tree that only blooms twice a year. The Lady Chapel has an alter, and you can light a candle for a small donation in St Patrick's Chapel; picnicking is encouraged and they make cider from the apples in their orchard if you fancy a drink or two. Right in the centre of town next to the local hall, Glastonbury Abbey can be visited anytime of the day and is also popular with wedding photos.