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Rustem Pasha Mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque

The Rustem Pasha Mosque is similar to the Suleymaniye Mosque in many ways. Rustem Pasha, the founder of this mosque and a Grand Vizier, was the son-in-law of the Sultan Suleyman. Construction of this mosque by Mimar (architect) Sinan began in 1550 andended in 1561. Sinan’s Ottoman style made him one of the most popular and […]

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Maiden's Tower Istanbul

Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) of Istanbul

Maiden’s Tower is a short, elegant, tower on a small island, across the Sea of Marmara, Northeast of Istanbul, in the Uskudar district, is another popular landmark, also known as Kiz Kulesi in Turkish, has been a stunning addition to major motion pictures such as Hitman, andJames Bond’s – The World is not Enough. As well as the […]

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Istanbul Archaeology Museums Main Building

Istanbul Archaeology Museums

The Istanbul Archeology Museums are housed in the first courtyard of the Topkapi Palace and encompasses three buildings. A collection of sarcophagi including the Alexander Sarcophagus, which contained the Sidonian King Abdalonymous instead of Alexander the Great, has beautiful carvings of battles and the life of the great conqueror on it. The Sarcophagus of the Crying Women also resides in […]

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Galata Tower information

Galata Tower (Tower of Christ)

Hazerfan Ahmet Celebi was an Ottoman Empire Aviator in the 17th century, purported to have flown with artificial wings on more than one occasion from this tower at a height of over 65 meters. The tower was built in the 1300’s, the tallest structure of its kind at the time, over nine stories and over a hundred feet […]

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Spice Market Entrance Sign

Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar)

A visit to the Spice Market is a must-do experience for lovers of cuisine visiting Istanbul. The Spice Market is located at the southern end of Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn. This second largest of Istanbul’s covered bazaars is also known as the Misir Carsisi, or Egyptian Bazaar, because in olden days ships from Egypt laden […]

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Suleymaniye Mosque Complex aerial view

Suleymaniye Mosque

The Suleymaniye Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul, and it stands 53 meters. Construction of the mosque began in 1550 and was completed in 1557. It is believed that more than 3,500 people worked on the construction of the mosque. Suleyman I, the Ottoman ruler from 1520-1566, was responsible for the commissioning of the mosque. His […]

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Medusa Head at the Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Basilica Cistern

Built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, the room is 65 meters wide and 143 meters long, and is supported by 336 columns, in 12 rows. It once held water delivered by aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea. The capacity of water this structure can hold, is estimated at over 80,000 tons! However, where the […]

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A street in the Grand Bazaar - Istanbul Tours Expert

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

For a thousand years and more Constantinople sat like a spider at the center of a vast web of trade networks. Everything that moved in trade across the ancient world, from spices and silks from the east, amber and furs from the north to ivory and rare woods from the south, all passed through what […]

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Topkapi Palace - The Gate of Salutations

Topkapi Palace Istanbul

Set in over 700,000 square meters of land on a promontory with stunning views overlooking the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, this was the main residence for the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. Originally called the New Palace, construction began between 1465 – 1478, and was the second palace constructed after the Ottoman conquest […]

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Hagia Sophia - Best of Istanbul Tour

Hagia Sophia Museum

Many ancient churches, like Hagia Sophia, that are now museums have dramatic examples of early architecture and within have some of the most beautiful specimens of mosaic-work on the face of the earth. Turkey has a rich history in art and architecture, both of which are on display in Istanbul’s museums. Hagia Sophia is a […]

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