ISTANBUL

A city of legend

ISTANBUL

Discover the city of legend, Istanbul through its museums, mosques, bazaars, culture, and architecture.

 

Magic carpets are not only existed in cartoons ! Handmade, and high-quality textiles abound in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and visitors can stop to enjoy a ‘flying carpet’ show at one of the 4,500+ shops, before perhaps buying their own rug as a souvenir. Grand Bazaar is one of the largest, oldest, and most vibrant covered markets in the world, where visitors can amble the 61 streets, perusing everything from glittering jewels to delicately stitched leather shoes.

 

The most colorful place is the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul. It is bright, fun, and interactive, as visitors can taste the spices while they browse the stalls and take home the famous flavors of Turkey. 

 

Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture, dates all the way back to the ninth century when the building was a Greek Orthodox Christian church. Between 1204 and 1261 it was used by religious crusaders and was later converted into an Ottoman mosque, before being secularized in 1935 and turned into a museum.

 

Blue Mosque of  Sultan Ahmed I, with its 6 minarets. Built in the early 17th century, its popular name is derived from the 20.00 predominately blue Iznik tiles lining the interior walls.

 

The walls inside the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora are covered with some of the finest surviving Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in the country, perhaps in the world. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

The Süleymaniye Mosque originally built in 1557, crowns one of Istanbul's seven hills. The interior of the mosque is an almost perfect square, with a central dome surrounded by smaller domes.

 

Topkapi Palace was the main residence and headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.

 

Underground Cistern which is also known as Yerebatan Sarayi, one of the grand underground cisterns which were an important source of water for the city during the Byzantine and Ottoman times. Also, Underground Cistern is the key place where readers solve the mystery of Dan Brown's Inferno.  

 

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