Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) Built by Sultan Ahmet I as a part of a large complex, among the Turkish people, it is called Sultan Ahmet Mosque. However, tourists fascinated with the beautiful blue tiles always remember it as the Blue Mosque. The complex consisted of a mosque, tombs, madrasah, fountains, a health centre, kitchens,…

The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome The Hippodrome was built by the Romans in about 200 AD. It was the center of life in Byzantine Constantinople for over 1,000 years and of Ottoman life in Istanbul for over 400 years. It was also the center of numerous political and civil battles, some brutal. Very little of the Hippodrome survives…

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarnıcı – “Sunken Cistern”), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The enlarged cistern provided water for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the first Hill and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman…

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 4000 shops which attract more than 500,000 visitors daily. It was opened in 1461. It is well known for its jewelry, carpet, leather, pottery shops. Many of the stalls in…

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum Archaeological Museum was founded by decree as the Imperial Museum. When it opened to the public in 1891, it was the first one to feature Turkish art. Since the imperial decree protecting cultural goods in the Ottoman Empire was enforced, many governors from the different provinces would send in found arte-facts to the capital…

The Rustem Pasa Mosque

The Rustem Pasa Mosque The Rustem Pasa Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rustem Pasha (husband of Princess Mihrimah who was one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificient). Its building took place from 1561 to 1563. It is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik Tiles, set…

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminonu, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt in the Ottoman period, the name “Misir Carsisi was favoured by the public. The…

Church of st Saviour in Chora

Church of st Saviour in Chora The Church of St. Savior in Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine Church. The church is situated in the western, Edirnekapi district of Istanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman rulers, and it…

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace The Dolmabahce Palace was built between the years 1843 and 1856, ordered by the Empire’s 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, at a cost of five million Ottoman gold pounds, the equivalent of 35 tonnes of gold. Haci Seid Aga was responsible for the construction works, while the project was relaised by architects Garabet Balyan,…

Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymanıye Mosque The argest and most imposing mosque in Istanbul, the city of domes and minarets, is the Suleymaniye. The aesthetic supremacy of its interior and exterior and its perfect proportions have been captivating the visitors for centuries. The Suleymaniye Mosque is an architectural masterpiece. . The 16th century was the golden age of the…