Topkapi Palace

Islam

93% of population in Turkey is Muslim. Since 10th century, Islam have become the most practiced religion in Anatolia. Anatolia means Turkey today. Most of Muslims in Turkey are Sunnis. Also There are some Alawites in Muslim community. Also %5 Christian and %2 Jews living in Turkey. Istanbul had been the final seat of the …

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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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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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