Highlights

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) Sultan Ahmet I had offered to built it as an honor of his period. It was a large complex. Turkish people have called as 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, …

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Topkapi Palace

Topkapi palace is the most extensive monument in Turkish civil architecture. The monument occupies 700,000 m2. It is a building complex of courts, pavilions, mosques and fountains. huge strong walls surround the the whole palace. Its name “TOPKAPI” is a compound and means “Cannon Gate”.     When Mehmet ll conquered Istanbul in 1453, he had …

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Prince’ Islands

During the summer months the Princes’ Islands are popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul. As there is no traffic on the Islands, the only transport being horse and cart, they are incredibly peaceful compared with the city of Istanbul. They are just a short ferry ride from both the Asian and European sides of …

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Ancient Hippodrome

Hippodrome was the center of life in Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman life in Constantinople for over 1.400 years. It was also the center of numerous political and civil battles, some brutal. It was an ancient Greek stadium for chariot racing and horse racing. The Greek ancient hippodrome of Constantinople had witnessed many civil wars too. …

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Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul.  It had provided water for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the first Hill. Also It had continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman Conquest in 1453. It has been a …

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Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar has been in the center of Istanbul since 1461. It is one of the oldest and largest covered bazaars in the world. This old souk was the offer of Conqueror Mehmet II. It welcomes around 20.000 people a day during the busy times of the year. Grand Bazaar with its around 4000 shops, 66 …

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Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar is near the Flower Bazaar and behind the New Mosque in Eminonu district of Istanbul. It is one of the old covered bazaars. It is still very famous with herbalists and all kinds of spices, rare plant roots, dried fruits, nuts, saffron, Turkish delights, sweets, caviar and different food stuff. Only, the most …

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