Exploring some of Istanbul's most beautiful architecture
Good afternoon guys and welcome-welcome-welcome back to another video here in Turkey. And in today's video guys we're going to be doing some more exploring as you've been seeing with all of the videos here in Turkey but before we get going you can probably tell I'm a little bit tired we're going to stop here at the coffee roastery I don't know what the official name of it is but we're about to find out Uranus roasting machine is what this is called right here but what a grand entrance into a coffee shop when you walk in you get all these like fixtures that are actually lights but they look like components for the coffee machine and then we've got some good cups of joe we're gonna be getting here. Hello. All right oh we've got chocolate cookies in here too oh baby yes you got iced coffee too you want ice cream oh yes please okay. No-no okay cold iced coffee iced coffee one iced coffee one espresso shop that's so no no two espresso shots yeah like an iced latte please okay I started okay yeah thank you so much. All right so this is our best coffee in Istanbul best coffee in Istanbul oh perfect your coffee shop yes yeah. What's your name? My name is John.
Mac, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. I'm from the United States-United, USA. USA. Yeah. Yeah I'm from Canada. Why were you laughing like you understood what they said I'm just laughing because it seemed funny yeah it's crowd mentality you know that's a thing I don't even realize I was laughing until you said it I'm getting called out right now I'm like why are you guys laughing no I thought you know yeah exactly that's so funny there's a thing called crowd mentality though if everyone else's lives you're more inclined to laugh and I was just actually in a laughing mood so what did you guys actually say though I did not get what you said I just loved that so we all left yeah yeah oh we've got some good stuff over here we've got smoothies and fresh juices they've even got over here too oh baby baby this is gonna be great so we've got the coffee going over there some fresh machines and that's gonna get us going oh yeah YouTube YouTube channel yeah yeah the bro there we go yeah it's stunning we got a delicious little iced latte right here ready to be drank let's stir this thing up here oh yeah you see that thing mixed together let's try it out football oh yeah yeah exactly I'm not a football fan but I am a nice latte fan thank you yeah you know it you know thank you very much thank you thank you we'll see you guys next time see you goodbye what do you think drink them here boys we just sat down to have a little coffee right here our men brought us out some treats here they look like little dough cookies so I think it's time to try one out another dessert very good thank you you guys gonna try one dessert time yeah sure did you say the coffee oh there we go the man knows what he's doing here it's not his first rodeo it goes down nice with the coffee hundred percent you know it's like we need a savory match made in heaven veteran oh yeah YouTube yeah YouTube yeah I'm gonna get it sateen that's for sweet and salty at the same time ah that's a good one then yeah you rate it all right well might as well have another one another dessert going to try your trick they'll blend in the blend is quite nice hits the spot so that was about I want to say like 35 lira per copy so it's a little under three dollars um I had to swallow that one Mahad paid 100 and I got two double shot espressos yeah yep and then plus the iced coffee so yeah you're looking at what is that like is that six bucks six dollars yeah six dollars so like coffee's not like super super inexpensive when you go to wet like it's it's not cheap here when you go to western places what is it expensive as well exactly people the Asian side would be like nothing like any other shop it's not that much for coffee after all no I had a coffee before at um espresso lab yeah same type and it was 35 oh yeah because I'd say like from what I've noticed here all the coffee shops I've been do for like your more modern style coffee shops you'll pay two or three dollars of coffee but if you're going to like more of a local spot you're gonna Turkish coffee that's when i feel like you're gonna be paying like 50 cents a pop yeah it's more cultural right that's probably why yeah true true uh not here we need to you should yeah yeah afternoon coffee run then yeah yeah I want to find a place where they make it in sand I've seen videos of that in sand yeah yeah so they use like hot sand to heat up the coffee yeah yeah it looks so satisfying it's like asmr and then it just it tastes good apparently it's very strong from whatever we're we're doing that old side we might find it because it's like a traditional thing all right well let's do that taking off brother we'll catch you next time see you thank you very much okay yes thanks thank you brother all right we're feeling energized and ready to go oh that's a big one so we are going to be taking the metro is it tramway all right it's a tramway from right here they a car that's driving down the tracks is that a thing wow that's one way to get by oh there's another one the tram has arrived it's been a while oh everyone drives on the tram that's crazy I hope we meet this one the old city thank you sir all right we have found the tramway you don't want to touch that that's how you lose a finger well it's going to be a tight fit boys how you guys doing over there tonight yeah how many stops are we going I think there's there's a lot decent amount yeah come on how many let me take a question that's like at least we have ac on here so now we're entering into the side where we've spent some time in the first couple videos if you guys remember those in the early times in Istanbul here right downtown but we're actually going to be taking the tram much much further through here they all look different like there's something different about them well the metro just stopped here after rolling back a bit all power has been cut not sure if this thing's gonna start rolling back or uh we're just taking a little pause here pcs have been turned off yeah it's gonna start getting really warm in here emergency message coming up we're starting up the engines again all right oh we got the TVs back on at least we can watch stuff getting baked up there they're rebooting here the smell stuck in stronger I'd rather be the fish market right now oh we got sounds of starting up fire it up something disabled smart man yeah we're back in business oh we're going backwards and we're pushing forward come on come on betsy I don't think we're going backwards and then we're going back I just wanted to open the doors like it's our next stop yeah yeah I think we're-we're slowly pushing up oh and we're going back and forth all right holy crap we are now going backwards hey we're switching trees and there's a train that way I hope we don't crash here all right well the guy's coming out to make an announcement I think our driver's leaving our driver has left what is going on here I think we might have to go walking abandoned ship yeah all right we picked an interesting tram to hop on board I can tell you that I don't think we're meant to I thought for a second we were about to go collide into that other one I was like brace all right our driver has oh return we're going this way now all right that's it's keeping things interesting I wonder where we're planning on going there's a tram right over there oh now the tram is going the other way all right so it looks like the transportation is about to hit a severe bottleneck in this part of Istanbul today oh there's another tram behind that one so they can't go anywhere yeah time to just hop off this thing now we have three trams in a row I think god's telling us to just go back and sleep no that means we gotta walk we're being told right now that we need to get our exercise and after that Turkish breakfast breakfast that's probably right yeah yeah all right well the good news is is we're back to where we left off and we're climbing the hill a little bit quicker so maybe we just needed a bit of a push start and oh we're picking up speed now all right well that's good news hopefully we continue progressing yeah hopefully we'll continue progressing in this way yeah as you can see there hasn't been a tram for so long everyone's trying to get in get out all right holy crap it is busy there are hundreds of people trying to get on here we have reached a bottleneck just let's go from there yeah is there another way out all right wow well that that was a tram experience trying to leave and then little one the tram watcher the tram watcher all right well we see we've got the tow truck in process right here that's probably good to have him driving because we've already got the next tram coming so they're going to be coming back and forth we got to experience what the issues were oh we've got um multiple moving all right we are here watch out here yes all right guys well an official welcome here to old Istanbul but before we take you any further it's going to be a quick stop for a sunscreen break remember I told you in a previous video if you get the hammam done you got that layer of skin that is now exposed so it seems like all the shade spots are taken yeah exactly we gotta go furry creatures yeah we got all the cats hanging out in this area oh we got the old wall you're climbing up on ah the old wall oh oh oh oh look it's been in there for a while yeah it's like not like it's like legit you need something I'm good are you sure yeah you throw this out bro it gets hot and blue just running yeah it has like normal yeah guys take care of that skin because if you don't nobody else will can you carry a routine right now um I guess we got one today yeah exactly necessary oh you learned the hard way though right yeah I learned the hard way unfortunately this was a trial and error process but hey you guys can learn from my mistakes after the hammam straight to the sunscreen five things to do in Istanbul put sunscreen on yeah literally all right sunscreen's on we are ready to enter in two this one's the official name is the blue mosque but it has another name too sultana all right we're getting to the sultana matia right now that signal right there is an absolute unit look at that thing yeah he's the one who gets all the salmon wow that's a big bird holy crap all right so we've got a bath here got a fancy top rumour has it's mirror real gold all right I dare you to drink it oh oh there we go just do a little splash on the face so here's the entrance of the sultan ahmed is this assault yeah this is the blue one okay but like let's go far first and see like what it looks like you know I guess don't forget to take your shoes off when you're entering hopefully my shoes will be there the one piece is that you got to actually wow can you explain what this is these look like scrapes I think grapes yeah these are the tombs that's like the sultan's the gang you know do you know what sultan Africa was I have no idea look at this architecture massive dome up top there we got someone's phone going off over there guys so I wasn't filming this part but we just spoke to a nice lady outside who explained to us what those coffins were for and it was basically there was 19 people that were killed by the sultan um back when uh this guy had taken power and so I guess it's like accepted was accepted back then to be able to just go and kill them and it's just so it like prevents future wars so fascinating to see that but quite quite wild to imagine what that was like back then you know going and doing all that to their family members wow but yeah now we are cruising this way towards the main massive mosque over here all right so that is the moss we're gonna go to last we went to actually the tomb side of the mosque and the main blue mosque over there is what we're gonna walk over to now this like whole complex here is so impressive like everything is designed I mean like to just such a beautiful extent you got these mosaic tiles right here and then you have this huge fountain and it's just lit up with so much energy and excitement food stands in the distance here just a great place to stroll around and you know take in this part of Istanbul old Istanbul and it looks like even over there we'll probably stop on the way after we take a right here we've got some food stalls so we're gonna cruise up this way and see yeah this is for sure one of the most majestic mosques I've ever seen before all right and we're going through the entrance just shows you know this style of the door and the you can't really see it but very very old you can see right over there just a very old wall that surrounds it but it's aside from it being so old it's an incredible impeccable condition you can see there's a remodel actually going on at this time and we are entering inside wow they're doing some serious remodels to this place but look at how big this place is oh the exits this way oh we don't so I guess we're going to be going this way oh wow since there's so much construction going on it's hard to see everything but you can see how tall the uh the ceiling of the dome is the dome's restoration has been complete so I guess first step was to restore the dome and then now they must be doing the lower levels so there's probably not too much more I'll show you in here guys because obviously the restoration's covering up a lot of the things but from what we can see here it's really beautiful when you look around and see how well it's designed so guys we just got over the hagia Sofia right here and as you can see it is massive so what I'm being told here is it was once a month I guess this is a debatable topic so drop your comments below with your opinions I'm not saying I agree or disagree this is just what I was just told here that um it was once a mosque then it was turned into a church and then now recently in the last couple months it was reopened as a mosque where you can go in so you can just see over here look at how many people I believe this is the line are waiting to get in so if that's the case I'm not entirely certain if we'll have the time to get all the way in but we'll give it a shot that's is that a line apparently oh are you prepared to wear an hour in the scorching hot sun or are we going to come back at 8 am tomorrow yeah it does look like the gate is closed it's like the tram we were just on right now yeah exactly said it one more time so your guide for that like there are a lot of people inside so we got away when they come out we all can enter. All right the gate has opened so we've got to make it in before they close the gates yellow boys I was worried we were about to miss the entrance so what is it that like open it for 30 minutes at a time and then close it actually they decide if there's too many people inside just gonna like close it and then again open it oh okay all right you can see how much older this structure is than the other mosque just in the blue mosque this one here is you can tell it's dating back so many more hundreds of years later although it seems like some of its newer architecture all right so we're entering it as you can see it is a grand entrance and just being inside of here like with the amount of stone coverage it's almost like a natural ac I mean maybe there is ac in here but I'm pretty sure it's from the stone but look at how crazy big this is chandeliers hanging up this way and a spot to drop the shoes right over here got a slot right there All right and we are entering in look at this this actually reminds me of a mosque that I was in in um Cairo Egypt very different from it but it's got some similarities to it I'd say probably just the color of the lighting and some of the fixtures hanging down from here look at how massive this is it's got to be like 50 plus meters up to the top of it so as this was a church for a period of time I guess right up there used to be um paintings from the church and so since it's been converted a few times you still see like various differences that make it a um really unique mosque to visit so if you see that the boys just pointed out that that right there is from uh previous days because of there's not normally mo faces in mosques you can see right there yeah as you walk around this place there you can just feel how massive it is I mean we've been walking around for a few minutes now and you can see there's multiple levels that basically surround the entire place and it is phenomenal guys so we're back out in the like the lobby area or not the library but the area when you first walk in and look at that you can still see the crosses and it looks like from here it looks like that's a photo of Jesus or a painting so it's actually very interesting I'm just like imagining being in here and like the fact that at least when I'm being told that it was a mosque then it was turned into a church and then it was a mosque again but like you think about that and it's like was there just like one day where there was like um prayers going on uh as a mosque and then that was the last day then the next day it opened up as a church did it like close down for many years like was there a war going on that's when a tour guide would come in handy but in this case where we didn't get one yeah I'm curious what you guys opinions are from what you've heard if you're familiar with the story of this mosque drop the comments below so all of us that are watching this can go ahead and get an idea of what the opinions are because I guess it's controversial there's a few different theories of of the situation here but to be able to see all of that and then see it now as a mosque it's just very interesting wow and on the way out we have all of that still in here that is so interesting to see all of this and we are exiting now all right guys and that is where we're going to go ahead and end today's video hope you enjoyed coming with us trying out a coffee getting us going then having an interesting experience on the tram ride and making it over here to old Istanbul where we checked out two incredibly beautiful mosques and yeah it was a really fun day exploring hope you guys uh have enjoyed it and we will see you guys in tomorrow's video with the boys again yes sir yes sir yes sir as always guys thanks for watching see you then.