Historical Places in Istanbul
Historical Places in Istanbul , the magical old city that took place in many poems of poets who fall in love under the effect of the magic of this city.
Istanbul’s history expands to thousands of years, where the Byzantine, Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations took place and left its pieces in the city. As an example of the most important witness is Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern which was set by Byzantine.
Hagia Sophia , the world’s largest cathedral building and an engineering marvel built in 537 AD by Byzantines and converted to be a mosque by the Ottoman emperor Mehmet Fatih in 1453. The second most visited museum and located in the Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul.
Basilica Cistern , was built in the 6th century during the Byzantine and located 150 meters from Hagia Sophia, it was built to provide a water system to the Constantinople palace and later to the Topkapi palace. Cistern is known also as sunk cistern in the ground.
Istanbul is famous of its mosques, many historical mosques have been built during the Ottoman Empire such like the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Eminonu New mosque, Valide Sultan mosque and Mihrimah mosque.
Sultan Ahmet Mosque
Sultan Ahmet Mosque , Known also as the blue mosque due to the blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, built in 1616 by the ottoman emperor Ahmet I. One of the most visited historic place in Istanbul.
Istanbul city to be considered as an open air museum due to the number of historic places to visit, for example the Galata tower, the maiden tower, the Dolma Bahce Palace, the Hidiv palace..etc