Museums And Turkish Classics

As Istanbul is one of the best cities considered as the capital of culture and art, themuseums in Istanbul are outstanding. Museums in Sultanahmet, Sariyer, Edirnekapi, Besiktas, Karakoy and many other districts host many residents and visitors of Istanbul every day, uniting them with history, culture and arts. A visit to the Istanbul museums will be one of the best things to do in Istanbul. 

The Archaeological Museum contains an immense collection of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine works and items including sculptures and sarcophagi.

Istanbul Military Museum  has many unique pieces about the history of Military of Turkic and of other countries as well. Visitors can learn lots of information about history, military's effect on politics, weapons from all over the world and military tactics. 

Hagia Sophia: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. By general consensus, it is the most important structure of its time and one of the world’s great monuments.

Topkapı Palace, Topkapı Palace was not only the  residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational centre of the state until the middle of the 19th century.

The Dolmabahce Palace is located along the European shore of the Bosphorus Strait. After the 17th century sultans used it to relax enjoying the views. The Parliament decided to use Dolmabahce as a presidential palace of the the WWI thus Atatürk stayed and received foreign guests here during his visits to Istanbul. 

Basilica Cistern is one of the magnificent ancient buildings of İstanbul located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is an architectural heritage. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern.

Famous Churchs of Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful city drenched in history and considered a capital of culture and art. Alongside the magnificent mosques, there is a breath is a beautiful city drenched in history and considered a capital of culture and art. Alongside taking array of churches that should be added to our tours .With Christianity in Istanbul dating back to the fourth century, the Christian population of Turkey is estimated at more than 160,000. These include Roman Catholics of varying ethnicities, ethnic Assyrians, Greek Orthodox and a small number of Bulgarians, Georgians and Protestants of various background. Here is a list of some of the most-visited and widely-known churches in Istanbul that are worth a visit.

 

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is located on the famous İstiklal Avenue in Beyoğlualternatively known as Sant'Antonio di Padova Church, is an Italian Neo-Gothic-style church built between 1906 and 1912. Being the largest and most important of the Roman Catholic churches in Istanbul, this church has the largest community attending its masses. With its red brick exterior and phenomenal interior design, St. Anthony of Padua is sure to take your breath away. 


St. Eirene, otherwise known as Hagia Irene, meaning Holy Peace in English and Aya Irini in Turkish, is a former Eastern Orthodox Church located in the courtyard of Topkapı Palace. This fascinating church was the first church built in Constantinople. The Roman Emperor Constantine I commissioned the first Hagia Irene Church in the fourth century.

The Church of St. George is the main Greek Orthodox cathedral still in use in Istanbul today. Dating back to 1836, this church is part of the Greek Patriarchate, a compound of buildings nestled behind the historic sea walls fronting the Golden Horn. Inside are artifacts, including Byzantine mosaics, religious relics and a wood and inlay patriarchal throne. 


The Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church because of its famous cast iron exterior, belongs to the Bulgarian minority in Istanbul. Completed in 1898, the richly ornamented church is a three-domed cross-shaped basilica. The altar faces the Golden Horn, and six bells that were cast in Yaroslavl, rise above the narthex.

Famous Mosques Of Istanbul

Istanbul is famous for its Mosques and Ottoman architecture.  As the capital of the Ottoman Empire since 1453 and the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is home to over 3000 mosques.  This makes it overwhelming to decide which ones to visit, but here are 4 of the most important mosques to see based on their architectural character and historical context.

The Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century by Sultan Ahmet I. Blue name came from its beautiful blue tiles interior. It is the only mosque with six minarets. The Blue Mosque is one most popular tourist sights in Istanbul.

Suleymaniye Mosque was built in honor of the magnificent Sultan Suleyman by the famous architect Sinan between the year 1550-1557. The decoration of the mosque is outstanding with colored tiles, stained glass windows and antique columns.

Eyup Mosque is located over the tomb of Eyup, the bearer of the Prophet Mohammed, who died during the siege of Istanbul in the year of 670. There is also a beautiful cemetery and tourist facilities by the mosque.

The Fatih Mosque is named after the Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the conqueror of Istanbul and was built in 1463, 10 years after the Sultan's conquest of Istanbul. It is a mosque of monumental proportions with its dependencies that include a hospice, medrese, hospital, caravanserai, library and baths.

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