Istanbul – the capital of culture
Located at the boundary between East and West, Istanbul has been named European Capital of Culture in 2010. A title she deserves because both its heritage and dynamism are remarkable. This article will present you an overview of the main attractions of the economic capital of Turkey. Our site has for you a lot of travel tips, hotel offers and the ebooking possibility.
The Hagia Sophia
Christian basilica built in the sixth century and the fifteenth century mosque before becoming a museum in 1934, the Hagia Sophia is an unusual monument depicting him alone millennia of history of the Ottoman Empire.
The most striking is the majesty of the building. Then, penetrating into the proportions of the nave necessarily impresses the visitor. The paintings and mosaics, they have the distinction of being both from Christian art and Islamic art.
The Blue Mosque
Facing Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque offers visitors from afar the spectacle of its six minarets that soar in the sky. The Blue Mosque gets its name from the blue tiles covering its walls Iznic. Unlike the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque is still a place of worship. It is closed to tourists at prayer times and they must remove their shoes when they enter inside (women should also be careful to cover their shoulders and legs). Bright and colorful, the Blue Mosque is less austere than our Western churches.
If you doubted the power of past Sultans, visit Topkapi Palace gives an idea of the wealth of the rulers of the empire. With multiple buildings, gardens, fountains, terraces on the Golden Horn and his harem, Topkapi is certainly one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. It was the official residence of the Sultans between 1465 and 1853. Four centuries have made Topkapi Palace one with multiple influences extending over 70 hectares and can accommodate up to 7000 people. Today you can visit the main rooms of the Palace, which displays the treasures of the sultans and relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Istanbul has a lot to offer to the one who travels there. Make the hotel reservation and enjoy the Turkish capital.