Istanbul is half European and half Asian. It's a city much divided and defined by a continuous duality, but think this is why I found it so fascinating. Here we have the Blue Mosque, or more formally known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Built in 1616 it was ordered by the young sultan, Ahmed I, who at 19 quite simply wanted to build a mosque more beautiful than the Hagia Sophia - a mosque that stood as a Catholic Church for over 1000 years until it was invaded and converted into a mosque in 1453, forever changing the cultural and religious tide in Istanbul to what we know today. Just a small, ballsy move from the sultan. What's even ballsier is he ordered it to be built directly opposite the Hagia Sophia so the two face each other whether he accomplished his mission is debatable, but what's for sure is they're both absolute spectacles to look at, an Istanbul-must!