The only city which straddles Europe and Asia in Istanbul. The entire city if Istanbul portrays various kinds of culture. It is influenced by so many empires that ruled this place. It is believed to be a modern capital of turkey as like Ankara. The city has been flourished b the Romanians whose imprints can still be seen on the seven hills which resemble the Seven Hills of Rome. Under the Ottoman Empire, the city was renowned for having more than 1,400 public toilets. Tulips, which symbolize Holland, were transferred from Istanbul to the Netherlands. We can see the entire city flooded by thousands of people at a time, but once you enter the Grand Bazaar, you’ll only know when the city is actually flooded by men there. It is world’s oldest market and has been distinguished by several different cultures which still resist there. The architectural sites of the city are just breathtaking. This city has tones of mosques and historical sites to visit. It’s of pure benefit to the architectures.
Classics of Istanbul:
The Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque which is its actual name but is also known as The Blue Mosque. The mosque is named after the 14th Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. The ruler’s idea of a beautiful mosque gave birth to a place like this. Started in 1609 it took seven years to build and where it was normal to pay for such projects with the spoils of war, Ahmed had not gained any victories so had to pay for it from existing funds. It is soiled on a place where a Palace of the Byzantine existed, but then it was demolished before the start of this mosque. It is carved with ottoman and Byzantine architecture.
A church to the saint of Sophia, the Hagia Sophia known as Ayasofya in Turkish and is one of the main tourist attracting place in Istanbul. The place was destroyed twice once in 360 A.D by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine II and was rebuilt until it was again destroyed in the 532 when the riots broke out famously know ads 'Nika Revolt' and due to which half of the city of Istanbul was taken down by fire.
Situated in the heart of the city of Istanbul, was once a residence to the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire from 1465 to 1856. It was constructed by the Sultan Mehmed II in 1459. He channelized a war on the Byzantine ruler and captured it and only after that it was named as Istanbul. It received the name ‘Topkapý’ (Cannon Gate) in the 19th century, after the Topkapý Gate and shore pavilion, although these no longer exist.
It stands tall since 6000 BC. During the Classical Greek era, which covered the 4th and 5th centuries BC, it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League, and in 546 BC it was occupied by the Persians, but because Ephesus did not join the Ionian Rebellion against the Persians, the city was spared from destruction. Later on when the Persians were defeated by the Athens who was again ruled out by the Ephesus in 412BC. The Ephesus also supported Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.
Had to buckle up with these historical places, Shall come up with a few more places in a different blog.