• Archaeological Museum
    This complex was built by the end of 19th century by the architect Vallaury thanks to great efforts of famous Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey

  • Blue Mosque
    One of the most notable features of the Blue Mosque is visible from far away its six minarets. This is very unique, as most mosques have four, two, or just one minaret

  • Blue Mosque
    The Sultan Ahmed Complex is one of the greatest complexes in Istanbul. It is known as the because of its magnificent interior paneling of more than 20,000 blue and white tiles

  • Grand Bazaar
    The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily

  • Hagia Sophia
    The historical church rises across the Blue Mosque in Eminönü district

  • III Ahmet Sebil and Fountain
    It is one of the historical and magnificient fountains of Istanbul. The fountain located in front of the gate of Topkapi Palace and overlooks the Hagia Sophia square

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, which is considered as one of the eight wonders of the world, also occupies a prominent place in the history of art and architecture. It is one of the rare works of this size and age that has survived to our day. The church (called Ayasofya in Turkish) is erroneously known as Saint Sophia in the west. The basilica was not dedicated to a saint named Sophia, but to Divine Wisdom. After serving two different religions with the same god, 916 years as a church and 477 years as a mosque, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum on Ataturk's orders. Between 1930 and 1935 the whitewash on the walls was cleaned to reveal mosaics, which are among the most important examples of Byzantine art.

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