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Explore Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Sultanahmet, often known as Istanbul’s Old City, is one of the city’s most significant and popular tourist destinations. This area of Istanbul is distinguished by the quantity of archaeological and tourist sites, as well as the presence of many cultural, artistic, and recreational events. There are also numerous restaurants, street fast food, motels, and cafés in this neighborhood. Tourists visit every year to experience the cultural and architectural legacy of this area, which has been affected by numerous civilizations, the most significant of which, as is well known, are the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. 

Sultanahmet called Istanbul’s Old City in honor of the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed the First. In addition, Istanbul is made up of seven hills, with the Sultanahmet neighborhood being the first. Sultanahmet is a largely traffic-free neighborhood that is simple to explore on foot or by tram. 

Topkapi Palace Museum

Topkapi Palace (Topkap Sarayi), one of the world’s most beautiful oriental palaces, is a magnificent piece of architecture that serves as both a physical and an art exhibition venue. It served as the Ottoman sultans‘ residence as well as the Ottoman Kingdom’s administrative and educational hub. It houses the best seal examples, bookbinding, jewelry and case workmanship, and inscriptions. 

One of the most famous attractions in the old royal kitchen is the greatest collection of Chinese china. The costumes of the Sultans were also on exhibit. The Treasury has access to an enormous treasure trove of wealth, including crowns, diamonds, gold, and pearls decorated with gems that adorn crowns, arms, and golden thrones. Finally, there’s the famous Harem, a secret part of the palace where the Sultan’s wives and concubines resided. 

Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, formerly known as the Hippodrome in Istanbul, is a famous meeting place and an amazing tourist area. From this square, you can reach many important archaeological sites surrounding it, including Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. The Egyptian obelisk, the serpentine column, the gigantic column or column of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, and the German fountain are all located in this area. 

The “Blue Mosque” or “Sultan Ahmed Mosque,” Istanbul’s most renowned and magnificent mosque, is one of the nearest archaeological monuments to this area. Sultan Ahmed I ordered the construction of this mosque between 1603 and 1617. Because of the enormous quantity of blue-colored Iznik tiles that occupy the majority of the space, this mosque was dubbed the Blue Mosque. 

 Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, or the Church of Holy Wisdom, was founded in the Byzantine era as a cathedral for the Orthodox Christian Patriarchate, then it was transformed into a Roman Catholic cathedral, and after the conquest of Constantinople, it became an Ottoman mosque, and after the establishment of the Turkish Republic, it became a secular museum, and finally, it was announced that it would be turned into a mosque. After the Supreme Administrative Court of Turkey issues its decision on July 24, 2020. 

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is one of Istanbul’s most magnificent and mystical buildings; the cistern is a very peaceful and lovely area represented by columns via majestic arches. Some of the columns, which are among the most famous portions, are made mostly of various types of marble, as well as other blocks, pearls, and metals.