Rudy visits the Eyup Mosque, the fourth most important Islamic site, and the sacred gravesite of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. Following Ramadan is the three-day festival known as Seker Bayrami (aka Sugar Feast), and the streets come alive with celebration. Topkapi Palace was built on the original site of the Acropolis of Byzantium, and the Bosphorus Strait is one of the world’s most important sea passages.
In Istanbul’s Spice Market, persimmons are split open to reveal their insides that resemble melting rubies. Brown-gold paprika is carefully molded into the shape of a pyramid. Cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and cardamom infuse the air with the fragrance of the East.Watch Now >>
Explore Ishak Pasha Palace, Mt. Ararat, the highest peak in Turkey, and the ancient Armenian city of Ani.Watch Now >>