Istanbul in the Snow

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Winter ViewsMy parents pictured Turkey as desert before I went there and were astonished when my pictures showed trees, grass, and people wearing European styles.

In fact, Turkey is at the same latitude, and has a similar climate as New York. The winter I was there was unusually cold and a rare heavy snowfall blanketed Istanbul. Left and below are views of the Bosporus.

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Winter ViewsLooking across the Golden Horn to the Galata Tower.
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Winter ViewsLeft and Below: the Blue Mosque (Mosque of Sultanahmet) in the snow.
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Winter ViewsLeft and below: Saint Sophia in the snow.
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Winter ViewsFountain of Ahmet III
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Winter ViewsGate of Topkapi
Winter ViewsThe Hippodrome
Winter ViewsLeft and below: Mosque of Beyazit
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Winter ViewsGate of the University
Winter ViewsTower of Bayezit

Below: the University

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Winter ViewsLeft and below: various locations
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Winter ViewsValide Mosque
Winter ViewsLeft and below: Topkapi
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Winter ViewsTrain platform at Yesilyurt
Winter ViewsIronically, that winter Germany was having unusually mild weather. I sent my slide of Saint Sophia to Stars and Stripes along with the message "After reading about the 'green winter' you folks are having in Germany, I thought you might like to see what things are like down here in sunny Turkey."

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Created 19 December 2003, Last Update 26 July 2012

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