The city on two continents
The Hippodrome Square is the second biggest hippodrome after the Roman one. During the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires it was one of the most important places, and then became an open-air museum.
The Blue Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in the world, surrounded with 6 minarets. It got its name 'the Blue Mosque' due to its being lined with beautiful blue faïence tiles.
The Hagia Sophia Cathedral is the fourth biggest Christian church of the world. Built in the 4th century, it is the unique creation of Byzantine architecture with ancient frescoes and Byzantine mosaics.
Topkapi Palace and the Treasury were the power center of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th-19th centuries. The palace complex has many pavilions, kitchens, harem, libraries, treasuries, etc. There are exhibited the unique items from china, gold, silver, and precious stones, and priceless collections of ancient manuscripts and relics.
The Bosporus trip, the legendary strait, which divides Europe and Asia. Charming mansions and fortresses of the Ottoman Empire period are located on its shores among the cypress trees.
Yeditepe Hill, located in the Asian part of the city, is one of the highest points of Istanbul. The picturesque panorama of the city opens from its observation deck.
Crossing of the Bosporus Bridge and exploration of the Galata part of Istanbul.
Egyptian Market is the spice bazaar, located near the New Mosque (Yeni Camii). Down the ages merchants used to sell here spices and incenses, brought on Egyptian ships.
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