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Highlights of Istanbul

Istanbul is a very big city and the places are in Istanbul are countless. It has the amazing beautiful soul-relaxing nature, beside the ancient well-rooted history merged into an amazing fusion that gives the city this amazing of complex feelings when you enter it and visit its places. In this article, I am going to talk about the most important places in Istanbul which you might haven’t been there yet!

 

Kız Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower)

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The maiden’s tower is a small tower build in the waters to the southern Bosphorus straight 200 m from the coast of Üsküdar. In 1100, the Byzantine Emperor built a wooden tower in the water of the European shore in order to protect the Bosphorus with chains that are erected into another tower. After that, the small tower got destroyed by an earthquake in 1509 and burned in 1721. Since then it was used as a lighthouse and repaired using stones. Now, it becomes one of the most famous Istanbul symbols when we can see it almost everywhere on TV, internet, and advertisements as a symbol of Istanbul’s. it is good to mention that the interior of the Maiden’s Tower is converted into a café & restaurant. The view is spectacular and the private boats make several trips to the tower every day.

 

Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower)

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Galata Tower is a tower located in Taksim Beyoğlu, at the end of Istiklal Avenue. It is a medieval stone, high, cone-capped cylinder tower. It has nine stories with a height of 66.90 m. It was built as an observation deck back that day, it was the tallest structure when it was built. There are café and restaurant at the top of the tower now and you can enjoy the view of the Bosphorus and the old town all at once. It was built on the Romanian style in 1348 and it still one of the most attractive points in Istanbul for the tourists.

 

Hagia Sofia Basilica

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It was built in AD 537 before the Middle Ages, it took its names from a Greek Aya Sofia, and in Latin, it means the “Holy Wisdom”. It is a former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later it got converted into a mosque in the Ottoman imperial period. Right now, it is a museum in Istanbul on the European side of Sultan Ahmet Square. Sultan Ahmet Square is a very vital place for tourists because it is close to Beyazit which has the covered market and close also to Eminönü.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque)

One of the best amazing famous old Islamic places in Istanbul. Also, located in Sultan Ahmet Square in front of Hagia Sofia Basilica. The mosque built between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. it is hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. It is a very huge mosque and well-built and you should consider visiting that place.

Süleymaniye Mosque

It is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque was built by Suleiman and designed by the architect Mimar Sinan. It was built between 1550 and 1557, so it took 7 years to get completed. There are many famous mosques in Turkey and historically mosques are very famous. It is really important to mention that the mosque has an amazing view of Galata and Ataturk small bridges, and another wide view of the Bosphorus. The Süleymaniye Mosque was damaged in the great fire of 1660 and was restored by Sultan Mehmed IV. Part of the dome collapsed during the earthquake of 1766. Subsequent repairs damaged what was left of the original decoration of Sinan (recent cleaning has shown that Sinan experimented first with blue, before making red the dominant color of the dome). In the night you can easily see the Bosphorus Bridge’s Lights, which attracts a lot of people to stand there in order to shoot beautiful memorial pictures.

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