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Topkapi Palace Museum

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On a finger of land at the confluence of the Bosphorus, The Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara stands the Topkapi Palace, that maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. Cosntruction of New Palace (Topkapi Palace) is started after 1466, and completed on 1478, a couple of years before the death of Fatih. This palace is not a building like other European Palaces, and composed of various mansions and chambers. Initially constructed Cinili Mansion is a Glass Palace and concluded on 1472. Mansion with Middle East architecture character and two layers become Archeology Museum on 1875 and Turkish Islam Pieces of Art Museum on 1908. It is also opened as Fatih Pieces of Art Museum on 1953. Cinili Mansion, Kubbe alti Arzodasi (Under Dome Submission Room), Hasoda, Treasury, Pantries and Expeditionist like barracks, a part of kitchens, patients room, hamam, now a library, Agalar Mosque, stables and other buildings construction is followed and finally structure is completed with the construction of main gate at Sultanahmet direction, known as Bab-i Humayun and Palace ramparts on 1478. Palace residents, which were approximately 750 persons during Fatih period, become more crowd and during XIXth century, it reached to 5000 during normal days and extraordinary days like festivals 10.000. For this reason, new additions had been made to this palace. Topkapi Palace Harem division is constructed between 1574 -1595 during IIIrd Sultan Murad period and then Harem residents in Bazayit had been moved to this place. Harem residents were 474 persons at the beginning of XIXth century. There were Black Eunuch in Sultans Palace Chamber while entering the Harem, and on the upper level of it, Prince's School for little princes. In the course of time, Enderun School, Master Doctor's Room, Enderun Pharmacy, mansions within internal courtyards and summer mansions at Sarayburnu coasts are constructed in the Palace, kitchens and stables are widened, and new mosques and libraries had been added. Telephone and Fax Numbers of Topkapi Palace Museum Tel : (0212) 522 44 22 / 512 04 80-5 lines Fax : (0212) 528 59 91

St.Sophia, (Hagia Sophia) Church/Museum

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Hagia Sophia, which is assumed as the first and the only unique application in connection with its architecture, magnificence, size and functionality; is a product of east - west synthesis which inspired the Ottoman mosques on the basis of thoughts. This piece of art is one of the most important monuments, remained till today of the world architectural history. For this reason, Hagia Sophia had drawn attention of all humans with its architecture, mosaics and Turkish era structures besides its historical background during centuries. Hagia Sophia was church for 916 years, and mosque for 481 years, and now functions as a museum since 1935. Open every day except Mondays from 9.30 - 16.30. 0212 528 4500

The Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet Camii

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Little St. Sofia Mosque or Ss. Sergius and Bacchus Church… Wonderful tiles…

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Hippodrome

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Yerebatan Sarnici (Underground Cistern)

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Grand Bazaar

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Egyptian Bazaar

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Archaeology Museum

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Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque & Complex- Extraordinary tiles...

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Rüstem Pasha Mosque"Proving of the power by decoration..."

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Haghia Irene Museum - One of the Istanbul Festival venues…

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The Mosaic Museum

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Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

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Caricature and Cartoon Museum

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