Istanbul, once called Constantinapolis, was built over seven hills and served as a capital city to Byzantine and Ottoman Empires...
Istanbul, once called Constantinapolis, was built over seven hills and served as a capital city to Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The old city offers a wide range of experiences to history lovers, some of which are listed below:
Hippodrome was the heart of Constantinople's sporting activity and home to the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and Column of Constantine.
Haghia Sophia is Turkey's most famous museum and one of the world's architectural wonders. Emperor Justinian erected Haghia Sophia as a church in the sixth century, and Ottoman Emperor Fatih Sultan Mehmet converted it into a mosque in 1453. It now welcomes both local and foreign tourists.
The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque is one of Turkey's most spectacular Ottoman mosques with its six distinct minarets.
Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s oldest and Istanbul's largest market and most appealing retail place, with numerous shopping opportunities for carpets, leather, jewelry, Turkish delight, gold, ancient tiles, and so on.)
The Hagia Irene Church is also known as "St. Irene's" Church. It is one of Istanbul's earliest Byzantium churches, and it was the Eastern Roman Empire's second biggest church after Hagia Sophia.