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  • General view of the city of Constantine
    Istanbul Byzantine Palaces

    In the Byzantian era, there were two groups of palaces: Aya Sofia and Ayvansaray. The most important one was Great Palace. The Great Palace of Byzantium was a complex of several palaces, pavilions, churches, baths and administrative buildings constructed one of the hills of Constantinopolis.

  •  After the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih, he rode his horse directly to the Aya Sofia. In front of the door, he got off his horse, took a handful of earth from the ground, and sprinkled it over his turban as a symbol of respect.
    Hagia Sophia Museum

    After the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Menmet the Conquerer, he rode his horse directly to the Aya Sofia. In front of the door, he got off his horse, took a handful of earth from the ground, and sprinkled it over his turban as a symbol of respect. In the following era, he took good care of the Aya Sofia.

  • A street in Grand Bazaar.
    Grand Bazaar Istanbul

    Grand Bazaar which was established in place where there were stores was founded for supplying income for Hagia Sofia in Byzantine period, was built with order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1461.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapı Palace Museum

    Topkapi Palace is the largest and oldest palace in the world. In 18th century Topkapı Palace lost its importance and was converted into a museum in 1924.

  • Sultan Suleyman and Hurrem
    Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamami

    Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamami was restored in 1980 was used during the First Istanbul Bienal in 1987 by Istanbul Foundation fo Culture and Arts as an exhibition. In 2007, Istanbul city authorities decided to return the hamam. After long restoration project that began in 2008 the bath-house re-gained its glory with its opening in 2011.

Istanbul Information
Public Ferry
Ferry Timetable in Istanbul
Ferry Timetable in I...

You can find here timetable of ferries and its lines. With ferry timetable you can be pier on time.

112 Air Ambulance
Emergency Numbers in Turkey
Emergency Numbers in...

In Turkey the emergency number is 112. The ambulance will get as soon as possible, depending on the traffic situation, at the scene of the accident. Also you can call police with the number of 155.

Shopping Malls in Istanbul
Shopping Malls in Istanbul
Shopping Malls in Is...

There are many shopping malls in Istanbul. In these places , you can both shop and eat something. There are shopping malls almost in every district. You can go these places by taxi or public transportation easily.

Pendik Eğitim Araştırma Hastanesi
Hospitals and Medical Centers
Hospitals and Medica...

With more than sixty public and over a hundred private hospitals in the mix, you dont have to go far in the city to find medical facilities.

istanbul night
Night Life in Istanbul
Night Life in Istanb...

:It seems as if Istanbul never sleeps. Although the streets seem empty at nights, places are awake. The rhythm of the night continues till the morning in Istanbul. There are entertainment venues for all styles and budgets in Istanbul.

Light Rail Network Map
Light Rail Metro System in Istanbul
Light Rail Metro Sys...

Light rail metro system in Istanbul is approached three different points.These lines are for tourists intensively. It put into service in 1989. It moves 220 thousand of people in a day.

Istanbul has the wide portfolio in the point of air carriers
Airlines in Istanbul
Airlines in Istanbul

Airlines in Istanbul has the wide portfolio in the point of air carriers. As well as national air carries of Turkish Airlines (THY), there is a great number of private company as airline carriers.

Ataturk Airport is the first airport in the point of passenger traffic
Airports in Istanbul
Airports in Istanbul

There are two international airports in Istanbul. These are Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The number of airport will be three in 2017 in Istanbul.

Republic Day
Events in Istanbul
Events in Istanbul

There are different events in Istanbul in different months. People go these events to have fun.

Travel
Travel Agencies in Istanbul
Travel Agencies in I...

Istanbul is one of the leading tourism destinations of the World with its stunning scenery and rich historic legacy.

History of Istanbul
A section of sarcophagus of Alexander the Great.
The Foundation of Istanbul
The Foundation of Is...

There are many fairytales present about the foundation of Istanbul First one is the God of the sea and gave birth to a boy called Byzas. This Byzas is the Byzas who founded Istanbul.

An example of sarcophaguses which belong to Byzantine emperors.
Constantine and Nova Roma
Constantine and Nova...

Constantine, the city which was the capital of empires.In the period of Diocletianus the governance of the Empire was divided in West and East. The West consisted of mostly Latins and the East of Greek. Rome had 2 equal emperors.

General view of the city of Constantine
Istanbul Byzantine Palaces
Istanbul Byzantine P...

In the Byzantian era, there were two groups of palaces: Aya Sofia and Ayvansaray. The most important one was Great Palace. The Great Palace of Byzantium was a complex of several palaces, pavilions, churches, baths and administrative buildings constructed one of the hills of Constantinopolis.

Symbolic drawing racecourse
Istanbul Hippodrome
Istanbul Hippodrome

Hypodrome was usually used as a race track in addition to the social activities during the Byzantine Era.

it is not allowed to make faster boats than the barges because of the security reasons
The Sultan Rowing Boats
The Sultan Rowing Bo...

The boats were decorated in such a way that they symbolized the power of the Empire.The boats were decorated in such a way that they symbolized the power of the Empire.

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Istanbul Historical Chronology
Istanbul Historical ...

Istanbul historical chronology starts from BC 680 to 1973 in here. You can have Istanbul's historic journey with this writing.

Old City Istanbul
Symbolic drawing racecourse
Istanbul Hippodrome
Istanbul Hippodrome

Hypodrome was usually used as a race track in addition to the social activities during the Byzantine Era.

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The Obelisk of Theodosius (Dikilitas)
The Obelisk of Theod...

Located in OldCity, the Obelisk was brought from Egypt by Theodosius.When exactly the obelisk was transported from Egypt is unknown, but we do know it was placed at its current location during Theodosius I’ s reign.

In the Byzantine era, Million Stone was viewed as a reference point.
The Million Stone
The Million Stone

The Million stone is in fact a part of the Golden Mile Stone.In other words, the history of this stone goes back the times prior to the Byzantine Era.

After the Ottoman conquest Basilica Cistern continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace.
Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern has a capacity of 100,000 tons and it guaranteed water supply to the gardens of the Topkapı Palace. there are two Medusa heads to be found.The cistern was discovered by a German submarine.

Sultanahmet Mosque
Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
Sultanahmet Mosque ...

The Mosque which gives the name for the Sultanahmet Square is undoubtedly between the symbol structures of Istanbul. This social complex is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was built with six minarets.

Museums of Istanbul
Old type of canon
Military Museum Istanbul
Military Museum Ista...

The Military Museum opened first in Saint Irene Church. In 1950, it was moved to the Harbiye. Harbiye district was the site of the Ottoman military academy. In the Ottoman era, the Military Museum used to be a building where soldiers were trained. In 1993, the building received its current function as museum.

 After the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih, he rode his horse directly to the Aya Sofia. In front of the door, he got off his horse, took a handful of earth from the ground, and sprinkled it over his turban as a symbol of respect.
Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia Museum

After the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Menmet the Conquerer, he rode his horse directly to the Aya Sofia. In front of the door, he got off his horse, took a handful of earth from the ground, and sprinkled it over his turban as a symbol of respect. In the following era, he took good care of the Aya Sofia.

The palace is a symbol of the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace

The Dolmabahce Palace is a symbol of the last period of the Ottoman Empire. The site of Dolmabahce was originally a bay on the Bosphorus.Also Ataturk the founder of Republic of Turkey died in this palace.

Green man
Istanbul Mosaic Museum
Istanbul Mosaic Muse...

In the Mosaic Museum, most of the mosaics date from the 5th and 6th century. The Great Palace mosaic was the largest and the most beautiful landscape in the 6th century A.D. It was restored from 1983 to 1997 and is now preserved in this museum.

After the Ottoman conquest Basilica Cistern continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace.
Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern has a capacity of 100,000 tons and it guaranteed water supply to the gardens of the Topkapı Palace. there are two Medusa heads to be found.The cistern was discovered by a German submarine.

Istanbul Palaces
The palace is a symbol of the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace

The Dolmabahce Palace is a symbol of the last period of the Ottoman Empire. The site of Dolmabahce was originally a bay on the Bosphorus.Also Ataturk the founder of Republic of Turkey died in this palace.

Bath of the Palace
Yildiz Palace
Yildiz Palace

In the late 19th century, Sultan Abdulhamid II departed from the Dolmabahce Palace because he feared a seaside attack on the palace. He expanded the Yildiz Palace and ordered Italian architect D'Aranco to build new buildings to the palace complex. When he moved Yildiz Palace, it became the fourth seat of Ottoman government.

Detail from the door
Ciragan Palace
Ciragan Palace

Ciragan Palace of the finest example of Ottoman palaces and bulit by Sultan Abdülaziz.Palace was firstly started to be used as summer house.Being restored in 1980, this palace is used as a hotel nowadays.

Topkapi Palace
Topkapı Palace Museum
Topkapı Palace Museu...

Topkapi Palace is the largest and oldest palace in the world. In 18th century Topkapı Palace lost its importance and was converted into a museum in 1924.

Districts in Istanbul
Hippodrome
Sultanahmet (Old City) Istanbul
Sultanahmet (Old Cit...

Sultanahmet (Old City) Istanbul is the heart of Byzantine and Ottoman history beats here in İstanbul. Most of its historical sights is located in Sultanahmet.

Before Ottoman rule, it was named ‘Fanarion’, because the most important light house of Haliç shores was located in here.
Golden Horn Istanbul
Golden Horn Istanbul

Cibali district starting besides the Unkapanı Bridge is also the starting point of the west side of Golden Horn.

Enterance of Generali Han;   At the end of 18th century and in 19th century, facade characteristics of European commercial buildings were built in Galata region.
Galata District
Galata District

Ottomans invaded Galata, they preserved this area and didn’t construct Islamic-Ottoman social complex in here.

A street in Grand Bazaar.
Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Grand Bazaar Istanbu...

Grand Bazaar which was established in place where there were stores was founded for supplying income for Hagia Sofia in Byzantine period, was built with order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1461.

Istanbul Mosque
Silhouette of Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque and Social Complex
Suleymaniye Mosque a...

Suleymaniye Mosque is a masterpiece which magnificently displays the classical Ottoman Style and art techniques. Suleymaniye is the second biggest mosque.

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Arab Mosque Istanbul
Arab Mosque Istanbul

During the 6th century, a Byzantine church, was built here. Istanbul was besieged by Muayyad armies twice in 668 and 674. That is the Arab Mosque is the heritance of this besiege. It was transformed into Church after Arabs left Istanbul, by Latins who live in Galata.

The Inner courtyard of the mosque
Eyup Sultan Mosque
Eyup Sultan Mosque

The first building was damaged en the earhtquake of 18th century. And Sultan Selim III rebuild it. The current mosque has different features compared to the original.

Inner courtyard of the mosque
Fatih Mosque
Fatih Mosque

Fatih Complex was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conquarer in the years between 1463-1470. Present construction of Fatih Mosque was built in 18th century after the badly damage of earthquakes.

Sea battle of Lepanto; After this battle Kılıc Ali Pasa became Admiralty
Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque
Kilic Ali Pasha Mosq...

The sea shore was filled up and complex was built in that area because Kilic Ali Pasha was a great admiral in that time. The mosque is based on a rectangular design and is an enlarged plan of Hagia Sophia.

Laleli Mosque is one of the finest examples of 18th century Ottoman archtitecture
Laleli Mosque
Laleli Mosque

Laleli Mosque was built by Sultan Mustafa III between 1760-1763. The complex is made up of a mosque a soup kitchen, a fountain, a mausoleum and a medresse. The mosque forms the centre of Laleli complex.

Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Nuruosmaniye Mosque

The construction of the complex was built by Sultan Osman III in 1755. Located one of the seven hills of İstanbul. The architect of the complex was Simon Kalfa. Located one of the seven hills of İstanbul.

Mosque is famous for its beatifull tiles.
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Rustem Pasha Mosque

Rüstem Pasha Mosque is the first example of Archtitect Sinan building a mosque to an octagonal plan. Situated on a high platform with a commanding view of the city. And it is the first example of Archtitect Sinan building a mosque to an octagonal plan.

Yildiz Mosque
Yildiz Hamidiye Mosque
Yildiz Hamidiye Mosq...

Sultan Abdülhamid II designed Yildiz Hamidiye Mosque himself. The architecture of the mosque is a combination of Neo-Gothic style and classical Ottoman motifs.