Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
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Topkapi Palace was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served ...
Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time. The mystical city Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries,...
Istanbul - Blue Mosque
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Nearly all the an­cestors of Sultan Ahmed I going back until Osman Gazi have built charity works and hoped to gain benevolence of believers after their death. Some of these dedicated big social complexes to Bursa which was the first important center of Ottoman Em­pire, and then they turned their generosity t...
Istanbul - Dolmabahce Palace
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Dolmabahce Palace built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk transferred all government functio...
Istanbul - Basilica Cistern
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The Basilica Cistern, located in the crowded Eminönü district of Istanbul next to the Hagia Sophia, was built to provide water for the city of Istanbul during the reign of Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century CE. This cistern is an underground chamber of 138 x 64.6 metres. The large space is broken up by...