A country playing a powerful role in intercultural exchange from antiquity, to the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, to the present day. A land at the convergence of many cultures, decorated with impressive historical ruins and monuments of the ages, Istanbul is one of the greates tourist cities not only in Turkey but also in the World. The diversity of historical places and seashores has made it further unique. It is gerally said that one out of every five people in Istanbul is a foreign tourist. Istanbul is the largest and most developed city of turkey, was once the capital. Thousands of tourist oriented hotels have opened their doors both for foreign and local tourists. It has become one of the biggest shoping cernters in the reagion. Following is a brief introduction to three of the historical tourist spots.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built from 169-1616 with a magnificient methods of architecture. It is among the top historical building in Turkey. The mosque is sometimes called as “Mavi Cami”, blue mosque because of the unique blue tiles which make the interior. The tomb of the founder can also be found in a portion called ‘Kulliye. One of the most unique features of this mosque is it’s amalgamation of both Ottoman empire mosque designs and Byzantine Church desings.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque Istanbul, Turkey. Built from 1609-1619
In june of 2012 we were on a trip to Istanbul, there i took the following shots of a model of Sultan Ahmed Mosque which is placed in a public park called as ‘Miniaturk Gezisi.
A model of Sultan Ahmed Mosque at Miniaturk Gezisi park.
Tomb of the founder located at the center of this photo.
Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
The Church was dedicated to the Logos, the second person of the Holy Trinity, its dedication feast taking place on 25 December, the commemoration of the Birth of the incarnation of the Logos in Christ. Although sometimes referred to as Sancta Sophia (as though it were named after Saint Sophia), sophia being the phonetic spelling in Latin of the Greek word for wisdom, its full name in Greek is Ναός τῆς Ἁγίας τοῦ Θεοῦ Σοφίας, “Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God”. Source: Wikipedia
A magnificient view of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey from 532-537.
Topkapi palace remained the palace of Sultan of the Ottoman empire for 400 years. In addition to being the official palace, it was also used for big public and royal gatherings. The palace has now become of the top tourist sites in Turkey. It has severla Islamic relics such as the cloak and sword of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw).
A scale model of Topkapi Palace in Miniaturk Gezisi park.
Entrance to one of the four courtyard of the palace.
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