ISTANBUL 'There, God and...
ISTANBUL 'There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see.' Lamartine is describing the city, which embraces two continents with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.
Istanbul, which was known as capital of
the capital cities, and created huge peace geographies with reigning to first Roma, and then Eastern Roman (Byzantium) Empire and continents, and was the capital city of Ottoman Empire, is going to a modern future with preserving magnificence of history with proud. Variety in Istanbul is really charming the visitors. It is serving infinite nuances with its museums, churches, palaces, mosques, bazaar places and natural beauties. When you lean against backside at the coast of the strait, you feel Istanbul as 'center of the world' and understand why people select this extraordinary place centuries before with watching the reflection of the red at sun set from the houses at the coast.
Most beautiful monuments of the city are in the peninsula between Goldern Horn - Marmara Sea - Ramparts. Silhouette of mosques exceeding 500, rising at the hills of the city, creates a magnificent atmosphere. One feels himself / herself nearly in a dream between past and today! You should see Sultanahmet Mosque, which is also named as 'Blue Mosque' due to its blue tiles, used in its decoration, and which become the symbol of Istanbul with its six minarets. Famous Hagia Sophia Museum, which is constructed as a church during Emperor Justinien, is at the opposite of it; this architectural master of art structure is adorned with excellent mosaic panels, describing Jesus Christ, Mother Mary and emperors. Süleymaniye Mosque, which is watching these two monuments on another hill, is the peek point of Ottoman architectural art. It is constructed by Mimar Sinan due to the request of Magnificent Süleyman.
On a finger of land at the confluence of
the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara stands the Topkapi Palace, in which the sultans and their court lived and governed the empire for 400 years. You can see Chinese porcelain collection, golden adorned and jewelry decorated thrones, sultan costumes, jewelries remembering the tales, rare manuscript books, and harem halls which draw attention for centuries in Topkapý.
There are Byzantine Period famous Hippodrome, where cart races are performed, and three obelisks from that period in the middle of the hippodrome between Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque.
Yerebatan Palace is one of the most important water cisterns, constructed during Byzantine period. Kariye Museum, which is deemed as one of the most beautiful Byzantine era pieces of art, is preserving its mosaic and frisks adorned original décor. Another place you should see in Istanbul is also Eyüp Mosque. Here serves an infinite lively ambient with pigeon noises to the moral pleasure searchers with visiting Eyüp Sultan.
Istanbul is a city where historical structures are met with modern ones, and become new, and while Kapalý bazaar is insisting on holding the signs of dreamy days of history with its labirent like structure, at the same time serves the new products of the modern world; impressive jewelry, copper objects, carpets, various leather and suet clothing... Once you have drawn by its attraction, you can travel for hours in this bazaar without resting.
A ship voyage in the Strait, will be one
of your unforgettable memories. Calm and unique residences, enumerated at both coasts of the strait and where separate love tales are reflected to waters from each of them, 20th century constructed luxury villas, Dolmabahçe, Göksu and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Rumeli and Anadolu Ramparts, remains of fishermen villages, restaurants, tea gardens, parks, night clubs can charm you. Maybe you can write your historical memories while sipping your tea at a tea garden at calm coasts of Marmara after having a swim at wild beaches of Black Sea during the same day.
In addition to its unique history and cultural history as well as numerous attractions modern hotels, rare restaurants, night clubs, cabarets, historical bazaars and shops are making Istanbul a fully adequate place for conferences and congresses.