Istiklal Caddesi and Taksim
Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Street) is a lively modern shopping street where you can find a wealth of cafes and restaurants. You’ll find many ancient consulate buildings, churches, and the Museum of Innocence of Pamuk around Istiklal Caddesi. Situated in the European section of Istanbul in Beyoğlu, Taksim Square is famous for its tourist leisure and entertainment, shops, hotels, and restaurants. Go for a stroll around and feel the bustling of the center of modern Istanbul.
The Aya Sofya, formerly known as Hagia Sophia, is one of the most important monuments worldwide, constructed in 537 AD. For almost 916 years, it served as a church. Later, it was the Ottoman imperial mosque for 482 years. From 1935, it turned into a notable museum hosting many tourists worldwide. Aya Sofya, famed for its massive dome, is now a renowned and cherished structure in Istanbul.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an ancient, well-admired mosque in Istanbul built over Ahmed I. Owing to the blue tiles beautifying the interior walls, the structure is also known as the Blue Mosque. It houses a hospice, a madrasa, and the founder’s tomb. Take a stroll on this magnificent mosque at dusk and heed to the prayer’s call echoing from the minaret. Like the Great Mosque of Mecca, the Blue Mosque was also constructed in six minarets.
Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)
Mehmet the Conqueror constructed Topkapi Palace in the 15th century. This marvelous palace was the home to the sultans of the Ottoman Empire till the 19th century. It gloriously portrays Islamic art through lavish courtyards, intricate tile work painted by hand, and ornate rooms surrounded by towers and battlemented walls. Topkapi Palace houses a grand collection of relics of the Prophet Muhammad, the Harem, the Second Court, and the Third Court that glitter like a precious gem.
The Basilica Cistern is a palace-like underground structure leaning on 12 rows of 336 columns. Constantine the Great initially founded Basilica Cistern, which once served as the Byzantine imperial water supply. Later, Emperor Justinian finished the project in the 6th century. Most of the columns are intricately cravings recycled from prior classic constructions. Wander around the Medusa head carving columns, and soak in the grandeur and awe-inspiring beauty of Basilica Cistern.
Hippodrome was the midpoint of Byzantine public life and the arena of elegant games, factional conflicts, and chariot races. Septimius Severus founded the old Hippodrome in 203 AD; later, in 330 AD, it was finished by Constantine the Great. Today, you can see some ruins of the Hippodrome.
Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Istanbul Archaeology Museum houses three separate segments showcasing a variety of artifacts from Turkey to the Middle East. You can explore Istanbul’s grander history in the Museum of Ancient Orient, the main Archaeology Museum, and Mehmet’s Tiled Pavilion. The main Archaeology Museum is a time machine taking you around Istanbul through the ages.
Grand Bazaar, a paradise for shopping lovers, is an extended ancient network of market streets offering exquisite jewelry, leather, gifts, and Turkish souvenirs. The covered Grand Bazaar, located between Beyazit Mosque and the Nure Osmaniye Mosque, is rated the first top shopping mall globally, taking up a whole city quarter. The Spice Bazaar is another excellent market with 85 shops selling Turkish delight, spices, souvenirs, various sweets, nuts, and dried fruits. Whether a shopaholic or a penny pincher, you cannot resist the temptation of the Grand Bazaar.
Sinan, the famous Ottoman architect, built the Süleymaniye Mosque during 1549-1575 in honor of Süleyman the Magnificent. Situated on the hill overlooking Sultanahmet district, it is remarkable for its soaring 53-meter-high dome and design harmony. The mosque, surrounded by a tranquil garden, hosts an enthralling Ottoman cemetery where the Sultan Süleyman and his wife Haseki Hürrem Sultan lie there in peace.
Dolmabahçe Palace is the typical symbol of European architecture’s influence on the Ottoman Empire. Sultan Abdülmecid constructed the Dolmabahçe Palace in 1854 as the sultans’ primary residence in replace of Topkapi Palace. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains, ornamented basins, and flourishing flower beds, the interior welcomes you with a blend of Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Ottoman elements, the dazzling Turkish Renaissance style, and French-style furniture.
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