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Blue Mosque Istanbul / www.bluemosque.co, Fatih | Tourist Information


At Meydanı No:7
Fatih, Turkey 34122

+902124580776

GENERAL INFORMATION The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice.Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul. Besides being tourist attraction, it's also a active mosque, so it's closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers. Best way to see great architecture of the Blue Mosque is to approach it from the Hippodrome. (West side of the mosque) As if you are non-Muslim visitor, you also have to use same direction to enter the Mosque. How To Visit Blue Mosque ? Tourists always wonder how to visit Blue Mosque.There is also many other questions such as if there is any entrance fee,dress code, where to put my shoes etc.Here below is the answers of all these simple questions... 1) Plan your visit to the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, so that you better arrive mid morning. Pray happens five times a day with the first call to prayer at sunrise and the last one at nightfall.The mosque closes for 90 minutes at each pray time.Avoid visiting a mosque at pray time (Especially Midday praying on Friday) or within a half hour after the ezan is chanted from the Mosque minarets. 2) Before step in to Mosque, take off your shoes and put in plastic bags provided at the entrance(Free of Charge). This is required of all persons as part of Muslim tradition when entering a mosque. There is also no charge to enter the Blue Mosque. 3) If you are women wear a head covering when entering to Blue Mosque.Head coverings are available at the Blue Mosque entrance for free. Place the fabric cover on top of your head with equal portions hanging on both sides. Take one side and wrap it around your neck, tossing it behind your back with covering your shoulders. Don't cover your face, the covering is meant to hide your hair only. 4) When you are inside the mosque, remain quiet and don't use flash photography.Since this is a place of worship, avoid staring or taking picture of those who are praying.Visit the mosque respectfully and quietly.At the Mosque exit, you can put used plastic bags in designated bin bags and return head covers to duty staff. 5) You can do donation to help maintain the Mosque at the exit door.It is not compulsory, but if you make donation you will get the official receipt for it. PRAYER TIMES Muslims pray five times a day according to the basic tenets of Islam.The timings of these prayers are spaced fairly throughout the day, so that one is constantly reminded of Allah and gives opportunities to seek His guidance and forgiveness. Muslim call to prayer (Ezan) is chanted six times a day.The exact time of the ezan changes each day due to rotation of the earth,revolution around the sun,various latitudes of the earth's locations and daylight savings time.Therefore Islamic prayer times were not set based on clock but traditionally set according to the movement of the sun.These timings being advised by The Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. Here below is the names of the calls-prayers in Turkish and Arabic. 1) Imsak / Fajr - Two hours before dawn 2) Güneş /Tulu - Dawn 3) Ögle / Zuhr - Midday 4) Ikindi / Asr - Afternoon 5) Aksam / Maghrib - Sunset 6) Yatsi / Isha - Right before last light of the day get disappeared

Historical Place Near Blue Mosque Istanbul / www.bluemosque.co

Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.0 mi Tourist Information
Akbiyik caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34440

Galata Tower
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
Taksim
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

+902122938180

Galata Kulesi, İstanbul'un Galata semtinde bulunan bir kule. 528 yılında inşa edilen yapı, şehrin önemli sembolleri arasındadır. İstanbul Boğazı ve Haliç, kuleden panoramik olarak izlenebilmektedir. UNESCO, 2013'te kuleyi Dünya Mirası Geçici Listesi'ne dahil etti.TarihçeGalata Kulesi dünyanın en eski kulelerinden biri olup, Bizans İmparatoru Anastasius tarafından 528 yılında Fener Kulesi olarak inşa ettirilmiştir. 1204 yılındaki IV. Haçlı Seferi'nde geniş çapta tahrip edilen kule, daha sonra 1348 yılında "İsa Kulesi" adıyla yığma taşlar kullanılarak Cenevizliler tarafından Galata surlarına ek olarak yeniden yapılmıştır. 1348 yılında yeniden yapıldığında kentin en büyük binası olmuştur.Galata kulesi 1445-1446 yılları arasında yükseltilmiştir. Kule Türklerin eline geçtikten sonra hemen her yüzyıl yenilenmiş ve tamir edilmiştir. 16. yüzyılda Kasımpaşa tersanelerinde çalıştırılan Hristiyan savaş esirlerinin barınağı olarak kullanılmıştır. Sultan III. Murat'ın müsaadesiyle burada müneccim Takiyüddin tarafından bir rasathane kurulmuş, ancak bu rasathane 1579'da kapatılmıştır.

Hippodrome of Constantinople
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
SULTANAHMET İSTANBUL
Üsküdar, Turkey 00059

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Sultanahmet Meydanı İstanbul'un en önemli meydanlarından biridir. Bizans devrinde Hipodrom, Osmanlı döneminde At Meydanı olarak bilinen Roma sirki de Meydanın içerisindedir.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Nuruosmaniye
Bayazıt, Turkey 34116

+ 0090 212 5191248

Kapalıçarşı, İstanbul kentinin merkezinde Beyazıt, Nuruosmaniye ve Mercan semtlerininin ortasında yer alan dünyanın en büyük çarşısı ve en eski kapalı çarşılarından biridir. Kapalıçarşı'da yaklaşık 4.000 dükkan bulunmaktadır ve bu dükkanlarda toplam çalışan sayısı yaklaşık 25.000'dir. Gün içerisindeki en yoğun zamanlarında içinde yarım milyona yakın insan barındırdığı söylenir. Yılda 91 milyon turisti ağırlayan çarşı, dünyanın en fazla ziyaret edilen turistik mekanıdır.Tarihithumb Kapalıçarşı'nın çekirdeğini oluşturan iki bedestenden İç Bedesten yani Cevahir Bedesteni müellifler arasında tartışmalı olmakla beraber büyük olasılıkla Bizans'tan kalma bir yapı olup 48 m x 36 m ölçülerindedir. Yeni Bedesten ise 1460 yılında Fatih Sultan Mehmet tarafından yaptırılan Kapalıçarşı'nın ikinci önemli yapısıdır ve Sandal Bedesteni olarak anılmaktadır. Burada bir yolu pamuk bir yolu ipekten dokunan ve Sandal adı verilen kumaş satıldığı için Sandal Bedesteni ismi verilmiştir.Fatih Sultan Mehmet'in Kapalıçarşı'nın inşaatına başladığı yıl olan 1460 Kapalıçarşı'nın kuruluş yılı olarak kabul görmüştür. Asıl büyük çarşı ise Kanuni Sultan Süleyman tarafından ahşap olarak inşa ettirilmiştir.Dev ölçülü bir labirent gibi, 30.700 metrekarede 66 kadar sokağı, 4.000 kadar dükkânı ile Kapalıçarşı, İstanbul’un görülmesi gereken, benzersiz bir merkezidir. Adeta bir şehri andıran, bütünü ile örtülü bu site zaman içerisinde gelişip büyümüştür. İçinde son zamanlara kadar 5 cami, 1 mektep, 7 çeşme, 10 kuyu, 1 sebil, 1 şadırvan, 24 kapı, 17 han bulunmaktaydı.

Galata Tower
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
Molla Gürani Caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34430

The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs.DescriptionThe nine-story tower is 66.90 meters tall (62.59 m without the ornament on top, 51.65 m at the observation deck), and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35 meters above sea-level. The tower has an external diameter of 16.45 meters at the base, an 8.95 meters diameter inside, and walls that are 3.75 meters thick.There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which command a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a night club which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels.HistoryThe Romanesque style tower was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul at 219½ feet (66.9 m) when it was built in 1348. It was built to replace the old Tower of Galata, an original Byzantine tower named Megalos Pyrgos (English: Great Tower) which controlled the northern end of the massive sea chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn. That tower was on a different site and was largely destroyed in 1203, during the Fourth Crusade of 1202–1204.

Sultanahmet Cami
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

0 212 518 13 19

Sultanahmet Mosque aka The Blue Mosque
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/Sultanahmet/İstanbul
Istanbul, Turkey 34100

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Hagia Sophia
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

Hagia Sophia, "Holy Wisdom"; Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire of Constantinople. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

Ayasofya&Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.0 mi Tourist Information
ayasofya meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

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Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi
Distance: 0.6 mi Tourist Information
Yeniçeriler Cad. Bileyciler Sok. Eminönü, Fatih, 34126
Istanbul, Turkey 34126

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Ayasofya Müzesi
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

+90 21 25284500

En çok ziyaret edilen müzeler arasında yer alan Ayasofya; sanat ve mimarlık tarihi bakımından dünyanın en önde gelen anıtlardan biri olup, dünyanın 8. harikası olarak gösterilmektedir. Bugünkü Ayasofya aynı yerde fakat öncekilerinden farklı bir mimari anlayışla yapılmış olan üçüncü yapıdır. Bu yapı, İmparator Justinianos tarafından (527-565) dönemin iki önemli Mimarı olan Tralles'li (Aydın) Anthemios ile Miletos'lu (Balat) İsidoros'a yaptırılmıştır. 916 yıl kilise olan yapı, 1453 Yılında Fatih Sultan Mehmed tarafından İstanbul'un fethiyle camiye çevrilerek, 482 yıl cami olarak kullanılmıştır. Atatürk'ün emri ve Bakanlar Kurulu'nun Kararı ile 1935 yılında Ayasofya müze olarak kapılarını ziyarete açmıştır. Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

T.C. İstanbul Üniversitesi
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
برط الجوف
Beyazıt, Turkey 34000

02124400000

Galata Bridge
Distance: 0.9 mi Tourist Information
Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34421

The Galata Bridge is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels.HistoryThe first recorded bridge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul was built during the reign of Justinian the Great in the 6th century, close to the area near the Theodosian Land Walls at the western end of the city.In 1453, during the Fall of Constantinople, the Turks assembled a mobile bridge by placing their ships side by side across the water, so that their troops could move from one side of the Golden Horn to the other.In the years 1502–1503, there were plans to construct the first bridge at the current location. Sultan Bayezid II solicited a design and Leonardo da Vinci, utilizing three well-known geometrical principles, the pressed-bow, parabolic curve and keystone arch, created an unprecedented single span 240 m long and 24 m wide bridge for the Golden Horn, which would have become the longest bridge in the world of that time, had it been constructed. However, the ambitious design was not approved by the Sultan.A smaller-scale version of Leonardo da Vinci's Golden Horn Bridge was brought to life in 2001 near Oslo, Norway by the contemporary artist Vebjørn Sand, the first civil engineering project based on a Leonardo da Vinci sketch to be constructed. The Leonardo Bridge Project hopes to build the design as a practical footbridge around the world, including the Golden Horn in Istanbul, using local materials and collaborating with local artisans as a global public art project. The Wall Street Journal referred to the Project as a "...logo for the nations."

Yerebatan Sarnıcı
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Yerebatan Caddesi No: 64 - Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34110

Sultanahmet-Ayasofya
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü/İSTANBUL
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

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Galata Köprüsü / Galata Bridge
Distance: 0.9 mi Tourist Information
bakırköy
Istanbul, Turkey 34710

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Kapalicarsi Kakpakcilar Cad. No:178
Istanbul, Turkey 34433

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The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. the Grand Bazar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.LocationThe Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih and in the neighbourhood bearing the same name (Kapalıçarşı). It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazit and of Nuruosmaniye. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by trams (Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı stop).

Ayasofya
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
ayasofya meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

(0212) 528 4500

Grand Bazaar
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Peykhane Sokak
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

02125286611

History Museum Near Blue Mosque Istanbul / www.bluemosque.co

Galata Kulesi
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
Galata Kulesi Meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

0212 293 81 80

Topkapı Sarayı
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34382

+902125120480

Hagia Sophia
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

Hagia Sophia, "Holy Wisdom"; Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire of Constantinople. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

Ayasofya&Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.0 mi Tourist Information
ayasofya meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

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Ayasofya Müzesi
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

+90 21 25284500

En çok ziyaret edilen müzeler arasında yer alan Ayasofya; sanat ve mimarlık tarihi bakımından dünyanın en önde gelen anıtlardan biri olup, dünyanın 8. harikası olarak gösterilmektedir. Bugünkü Ayasofya aynı yerde fakat öncekilerinden farklı bir mimari anlayışla yapılmış olan üçüncü yapıdır. Bu yapı, İmparator Justinianos tarafından (527-565) dönemin iki önemli Mimarı olan Tralles'li (Aydın) Anthemios ile Miletos'lu (Balat) İsidoros'a yaptırılmıştır. 916 yıl kilise olan yapı, 1453 Yılında Fatih Sultan Mehmed tarafından İstanbul'un fethiyle camiye çevrilerek, 482 yıl cami olarak kullanılmıştır. Atatürk'ün emri ve Bakanlar Kurulu'nun Kararı ile 1935 yılında Ayasofya müze olarak kapılarını ziyarete açmıştır. Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi
Distance: 2.8 mi Tourist Information
Hasköy Caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34445

0 (212) 369 66 00

Harbiye Askeri Müzesi
Distance: 2.9 mi Tourist Information
Valikonağı Caddesi, Harbiye
Istanbul, Turkey

Ayasofya
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
ayasofya meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

(0212) 528 4500

Dolmabahçe Palace
Distance: 2.6 mi Tourist Information
Dolmabahce Caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34357

Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887 and 1909 to 1922 (with Yıldız Palace being used in the interim).LocationThe site of Dolmabahçe was originally a bay on the Bosphorus which was used for the anchorage of the Ottoman fleet. The area was reclaimed gradually during the 18th century to become an imperial garden, much appreciated by the Ottoman sultans; it is from this garden that the name Dolmabahçe (Filled-in Garden) comes from the Turkish dolma meaning "filled" and bahçe meaning "garden." Various small summer palaces and wooden pavilions were built here during the 18th and 19th centuries ultimately forming a palace complex named Beşiktaş Waterfront Palace. The area of 110,000 m² is confined by Bosphorus on the east side, while a steep precipice bounds it on the west side, such that after the building of the new 45,000 m² monoblock Dolmabahçe Palace a relatively limited space has remained for a garden complex which would normally surround such a palace.HistoryDolmabahçe Palace was ordered by the Empire's 31st Sultan, Abdülmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856. Previously, the Sultan and his family had lived at the Topkapı Palace, but as the medieval Topkapı was lacking in contemporary style, luxury, and comfort, as compared to the palaces of the European monarchs, Abdülmecid decided to build a new modern palace near the site of the former Beşiktaş Palace, which was demolished. Hacı Said Ağa was responsible for the construction works, while the project was realized by architects Garabet Balyan, his son Nigoğayos Balyan and Evanis Kalfa (members of the Armenian Balyan family of Ottoman court architects).

Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Alemdar Cad. Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sk.
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

+90(212)5272700

İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzesi, çeşitli kültürlere ait bir milyonu aşkın eserle, dünyanın en büyük müzeleri arasındadır. Türkiye'nin müze olarak inşa edilen en eski binasıdır. 19. yüzyılın sonlarında ressam ve müzeci Osman Hamdi Bey tarafından İmparatorluk Müzesi olarak kurulmuştur ve 13 Haziran 1891 tarihinde ziyarete açılmıştır.Müzenin BirimleriMüzenin koleksiyonunda, Balkanlar'dan Afrika'ya, Anadolu ve Mezopotamya'dan Arap Yarımadası'na ve Afganistan'a kadar, Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'nun sınırları içinde yer alan medeniyetlere ait eserler bulunmaktadır. Müze üç ana birimden oluştuğu için İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri olarak adlandırılmaktadır. Arkeoloji Müzesi (ana bina) Eski Şark Eserleri Müzesi Çinili Köşk müzesi

Yerebatan Sarnıcı
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Yerebatan C No: 1
Istanbul, Turkey 34410

(0212) 522 12 59

Türkiye İş Bankası Müzesi
Distance: 0.6 mi Tourist Information
Hobyar Mahallesi Bankacılar Caddesi No:2 Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34112

212 - 5111331

Dolmabahceyi Sarayi
Distance: 2.6 mi Tourist Information
DOLMABAHÇE CADDESİ
Istanbul, Turkey 34357

Hagia Sophia Istanbul
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey 34134

+90 (212) 522 09 89

The Hagia Sophia, one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today, has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality. The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location. When it was first built, it was named Megale Ekklesia (Big Church); however, after the fifth century, it was referred to as the Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom). The church was the place in which rulers were crowned, and it was also the biggest operational cathedral in the city throughout the Byzantine period. The first church was constructed by Emperor Konstantios (337-361) in 360. The first church was covered with a wooden roof and expanded vertically (basilica) yet was burned down after the public riot that took place in 404 as a result of the disagreements between Emperor Arkadios’ (395-408) wife empress Eudoksia and Istanbul’s patriarch Ioannes Chrysostomos, who was exiled. The patriarch’s mosaic portrait can still be viewed at the tymphanon wall located in the northern part of the church. No remains have been recovered from the first church; however, the bricks found in the museum storage branded ‘Megale Ekklesia’ are predicted to belong to the first construction. The second church was reconstructed by Emperor Theodosios II (408-450) in 415. This basilical structure is known to contain five naves and a monumental entrance; it is also covered by a wooden roof. The church was demolished in January 13, 532, after the public riot (Nika revolts) that took place during the fifth year of Emperor Justinianos’ reign (527-565), when the ‘blues’ who represented the aristocrats, and the ‘greens’ who represented the tradesman and merchants in the society, collaborated against the Empire. Remains found during the excavations led by A. M Scheinder of the Istanbul German Archeology Institute, 2 meters below ground level, include steps belonging to the Propylon (monumental door), column bases and pieces with lamb embossings that represent the 12 apostles. In addition, other architectural pieces that belong to the monumental entrance can be seen in the west garden. The current structure was constructed by Isidoros (Milet) and Anthemios (Tralles), who were renowned architects of their time, by Emperor Justinianos’s (527-565) orders. Information from historian Prokopios states that the construction that began on February 23, 532, was completed in a short period of five years and the church was opened to worship with a ceremony on December 27, 537. Resources show that on the opening day of the Hagia Sophia, Emperor Justinianos entered the temple and said, “My Lord, thank you for giving me chance to create such a worshipping place,” and followed with the words “Süleyman, I beat you,” referring to Süleyman’s temple in Jerusalem. The third Hagia Sophia construction combined the three traditional basilical plans with the central dome plan in design. The structure has three nefi, one apsi, and two narthex, internal and external. The length from the apsis to the outer narthex is 100 m, and the width is 69.5 m. The height of the dome from the ground level is 55.60 m and the radius is 31.87 m in the North to South direction and 30.86 in the East to West direction. Emperor Justinianos ordered all provinces under his reign to send the best architectural pieces to be used in the construction so that the Hagia Sophia could be bigger and grander. The columns and marbles used in the structure have been taken from ancient cities in and around Anatolia and Syria, such as, Aspendus Ephessus, Baalbeek and Tarsa. The white marbles used in the structure came from the Marmara Island, the green porphyry from Eğriboz Island, the pink marbles from Afyon and the yellow from North Africa. The decorative interior wall coatings were established by dividing single marble blocks into two and combining them in order to create symmetrical shapes. In addition, the structure includes columns brought in from the Temple of Artemis in Ephessus to be used in the naves, as well as 8 columns brought from Egypt that support the domes. The structure has a total of 104 columns, 40 in the lower and 64 in the upper gallery. All the walls of the Hagia Sophia except the ones covered by marble have been decorated with exceptionally beautiful mosaics. Gold, silver, glass, terra cotta and colorful stones have been used to make the mosaics. The plant-based and geometric mosaics are from the 6th century, whereas the figured mosaics date back to the Iconoclast period. During the East Roman period, the Hagia Sophia was the Empire Church and, as a result, was the place in which the emperors were crowned. The area that is on the right of the naos, where the flooring is covered with colorful stones creating an intertwining circular design (omphalion), is the section in which the Eastern Roman Emperors were crowned. Istanbul was occupied by Latins between 1204 and 1261, during the Holy Crusades, when both the city and the church were damaged. The Hagia Sophia was known to be in bad condition in 1261, when Eastern Rome took over the city again. Following Fatih Sultan Mehmed’s (1451-1481) conquer in 1453, Hagia Sophia was renovated into a mosque. The structure was fortified and was well protected after this period, and remained as a mosque. Additional supporting pillars were installed during the East Roman and Ottoman periods as a result of the damage that the structure experienced due to earthquakes in the region. The minarets designed and implemented by Mimar Sinan have also served to this purpose. A madrasah was built towards the North or Hagia Sophia during Fatih Sultan Mehmed’s reign. This construction was abolished in the 17. Century. During Sultan Abdülmecid’s (1839-1861) reign, renovations were conducted by Fossati and a madrasah was rebuilt in the same place. The remains have been discovered during the excavations in 1982. During the 16th and 17th century Ottoman period, mihrabs, minbar, maksoorahs, a preachment stand and a muezzin mahfili (a special raised platform in a mosque, opposite the minbar where a muezzin kneels and chants in response to the imam’s prayers) were added to the structure. The bronze lamps on two sides of the mihrab have been given as gifts to the mosque by Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (1520-1566) after his return from Budin. The two marble cubes dating back to the Hellenistic period (3 - 4 B.C.) on both sides of the main entrance have been specially brought from Bergama and were given by Sultan Murad III (1574-1595) as gifts. During the Sultan Abdülmecid period between 1847 and 1849, an extensive renovation in the Hagia Sophia was conducted by the Swiss Fossati brothers, where the Hünkâr Mahfili (a separate compartment where the emperors pray) located in a niche in the Northern section was removed and another one towards the left of the mihrab was built. The 8- 7.5 m diameter calligraphy panels that were written by Caligrapher Kadıasker Mustafa İzzet Efendi were placed in the main walls of the structure. The panels that read “Allah, Hz. Muhammed, Hz. Ebubekir, Hz. Ömer, Hz. Osman, Hz. Ali, Hz. Hasan ve Hz. Hüseyin” are known to be the biggest calligraphy panels in the Islamic world. The Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s orders and has been functioning as one since February 1, 1935, welcoming both local and foreign visitors. According to a deed dated 1936, the Hagia Sophia is registered as “Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii Şerifi on behalf of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Foundation for maoseleum, akaret, muvakkithane and madrasah on 57 pafta, 57 island and 7th parcel.”

Chora Museum
Distance: 2.6 mi Tourist Information
Kariye Müzesi Kariye Camii sokak No:26
Istanbul, Turkey 34087

+90212-631-9241

Depicting all manner of Christain iconography, from the Day of Judgement through to the Resurrection, the works here are arguably the most important surviving examples of Byzantine art in the world, both in terms of their execution and preservation. Ironically, this Christian art owes its excellent condition to the church's conversion to Islam in the early 16th century, when the frescoes and mosaics were covered over.

İSTANBUL ARKEOLOJİ MÜZELERİ - İSTANBUL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

+902125272700

ANA SPONSOR/Main Sponsor TÜRSAB Türkiye Seyahat Acentaları Birliği/Association of Turkish Travel Agencies

Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet, Fatih
Istanbul, Turkey

(0212) 512 04 80

İstanbul İslam, Bilim ve Teknoloji Tarihi Müzesi Müdürlüğü
Distance: 2.1 mi Tourist Information
Gülhane Parkı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

0 212 528 80 65 / 0 212 513 72 14 Faks : 0212 513 72 24

Müze tüm günler ziyarete açıktır. YAZ SEZONU : 09:00 - 18:45 Gişe Kapanış Saati : 18:00 KIŞ SEZONU : 09:00 - 16:45 Gişe Kapanış Saati : 16:00 ÜCRETLER Bilet Fiyatları : 10 TL. Müze Kart Geçerlidir.

Yıldız Sarayı Müzesi
Distance: 2.9 mi Tourist Information
Yıldız Mah. Serencebey Yok. No.62
Besiktas, Turkey

02122583080

Türk Osmanlı saray mimarisinin son örneği olan Yıldız Sarayı, Beşiktaş semtinin Yıldız tepesinde yer alır. Kanuni Sultan Süleyman döneminden (1520-1566) itibaren padişahlar tarafindan av sahası olarak kullanılan ve Hazine-i Hassa’ya kayıtlı bu araziye ilk kasrı Sultan I. Ahmed yaptırmıştır. 18. yy sonunda Sultan III. Selim, validesi Mihrişah Sultan için Yıldız Kasrı'nı, babası için de bir çeşme yaptırmıştır. Genellikle yaz aylarında Yıldız Köşkü'nde oturan Sultan Abdülaziz ise Büyük Mabeyn Köşkü’nü inşa ettirmiş, daha sonra dış bahçeye Malta ve Çadır Köşklerini, asıl kısmına da Çit Kasrı’nı eklemiştir. Sarayda asıl yapılaşma Sultan II. Abdülhamid döneminde (1876-1909) başlamış ve buraya Yıldız Saray-ı Hümayunu adı verilmiştir. Bu dönemde saray, padişahın özel yaşamına ait mekanlarla birlikte, resmi görevlilere tahsis edilen binaları, tamirhane, marangozhane gibi atölyeleri ve tiyatro, müze, kitaplık gibi kültür ve sanat yapılarını da kapsamaktadır. Saray, Hasbahçe adıyla bilinen, doğal nehir görünümünde bir de havuzu bulunan iç bahçeye sahiptir. Bu bahçenin değişik yerlerinde birbirinden bağımsız olarak inşa edilmiş küçük dinlenme köşkleri bulunmaktadır. Sultan Vahdettin’den sonra bir süre boş kalan saray binaları, 1924 yılında Erkan-ı Harbiye Mektebi’ne tahsis edilmiştir. 1946 yılında Harp Akademileri’ne bırakılan saray, 1978 yılında Kültür Bakanlığına devredilmiş, “Yıldız Sarayı Müzesi Müdürlüğü” adıyla 1993 yılından itibaren müzeleştirilmeye başlanmıştır.

Istanbul sokakları
Distance: 1.9 mi Tourist Information
balo sokak no 14
Beyoglu, Turkey 34000

05368375634

Mosque Near Blue Mosque Istanbul / www.bluemosque.co

Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.0 mi Tourist Information
Akbiyik caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34440

Sultan Ahmet Camii
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
sultanahmet cami
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

Aya Sofia, Sultanahmeit Istanbul
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Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Meydanı, Fatih
Istanbul, Turkey 34110

05334942905

Sultanahmet Cami
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

0 212 518 13 19

Sultanahmet Mosque aka The Blue Mosque
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/Sultanahmet/İstanbul
Istanbul, Turkey 34100

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Hagia Sophia
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

Hagia Sophia, "Holy Wisdom"; Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire of Constantinople. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

Ayasofya&Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.0 mi Tourist Information
ayasofya meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

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Ayasofya Müzesi
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

+90 21 25284500

En çok ziyaret edilen müzeler arasında yer alan Ayasofya; sanat ve mimarlık tarihi bakımından dünyanın en önde gelen anıtlardan biri olup, dünyanın 8. harikası olarak gösterilmektedir. Bugünkü Ayasofya aynı yerde fakat öncekilerinden farklı bir mimari anlayışla yapılmış olan üçüncü yapıdır. Bu yapı, İmparator Justinianos tarafından (527-565) dönemin iki önemli Mimarı olan Tralles'li (Aydın) Anthemios ile Miletos'lu (Balat) İsidoros'a yaptırılmıştır. 916 yıl kilise olan yapı, 1453 Yılında Fatih Sultan Mehmed tarafından İstanbul'un fethiyle camiye çevrilerek, 482 yıl cami olarak kullanılmıştır. Atatürk'ün emri ve Bakanlar Kurulu'nun Kararı ile 1935 yılında Ayasofya müze olarak kapılarını ziyarete açmıştır. Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Sultanahmet camii
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
torun
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34120

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.HistoryAfter the Peace of Zsitvatorok and the crushing loss in the 1603-1618 war with Persia, Sultan Ahmet I, decided to build a large mosque in Istanbul to reassert Ottoman power. It would be the first imperial mosque for more than forty years. While his predecessors had paid for their mosques with the spoils of war, Ahmet I procured funds from the Treasury, because he had not gained remarkable victories.It caused the anger of the ulema, the Muslim jurists. The mosque was built on the site of the palace of the Byzantine emperors, in front of the basilica Ayasofya (at that time, the primary imperial mosque in Istanbul) and the hippodrome, a site of significant symbolic meaning as it dominated the city skyline from the south. Big parts of the south shore of the mosque rest on the foundations, the vaults of the old Grand Palace.

Sultanahmet Camii
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Güzel Sanatlar Sokak
Alemdar, Turkey 34122

Sultanahmet-Ayasofya
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü/İSTANBUL
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

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Hagia Sophia
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey

Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Hz.
Distance: 2.2 mi Tourist Information
ÜSKÜDAR İSTANBUL
Üsküdar, Turkey 34672

05313828437

Süleymaniye Mosque
Distance: 0.9 mi Tourist Information
Süleymaniye
Pendik, Turkey 34116

The Süleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.HistoryThe Süleymaniye Mosque, built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan" (481 Traditions and Encounters: Brief Global History). The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557.This "vast religious complex called the Süleymaniye...blended Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. It combines tall, slender minarets with large domed buildings supported by half domes in the style of the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia (which the Ottomans converted into the mosque of Aya Sofya)" (481 Traditions and Encounters: Brief Global History).The design of the Süleymaniye also plays on Suleyman's self-conscious representation of himself as a 'second Solomon.' It references the Dome of the Rock, which was built on the site of the Temple of Solomon, as well as Justinian's boast upon the completion of the Hagia Sophia: "Solomon, I have surpassed thee!" The Süleymaniye, similar in magnificence to the preceding structures, asserts Suleyman's historical importance. The structure is nevertheless smaller in size than its older archetype, the Hagia Sophia.

Fatih Çarşamba İsmailağa Camii
Distance: 2.0 mi Tourist Information
Manyasızade Cad. No/7 Fatih
Istanbul, Turkey 34087

Eminönü Yeni Camii
Distance: 0.7 mi Tourist Information
Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34116

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Kapalı Çarşı
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Beyazıt
Istanbul, Turkey 34126

0212 519 1248

Hagia Sophia/ Aya Sofya
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Ayasofya Meydanı, Sultanahmet Fatih/İSTANBUL
Istanbul, Turkey

0 (212) 522 17 50

Fatih Hirka-İ Serif Camii
Distance: 2.1 mi Tourist Information
Hırka-i Serif Mah. Eski Alipasa Cad. No:9/4C
Istanbul, Turkey 34091

05302364402

Tourist Attraction Near Blue Mosque Istanbul / www.bluemosque.co

Beyoğlu / Taksim, İstanbul
Distance: 1.8 mi Tourist Information
Taksim , Beyoğlu ,istiklal Caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34437

İstiklal Caddesi
Distance: 1.9 mi Tourist Information
İstiklal Caddesi, Beyoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

Taksim Nevizade
Distance: 1.9 mi Tourist Information
Beyoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey 34160

The lively Nevizade Street (Nevizade Sokak) in Beyoğlu, located in the modern part of Istanbul, is where the party’s at, on any night of the week, winter or summer. A trip to Istanbul simply is not complete without having tasted the mezes (cold starters) in one of the many meyhanes (taverns), or having enjoyed a beer on the terraces of the various pubs. The Most Atmospheric Eating Spot in Town Nevizade is a small street parallel to Istiklal Caddesi, located behind the historical Flower Passage (Çiçek Pasajı) and easily accessible via the Fish Bazaar (Balık Pazarı). Marked with on the Map with Tourist Attractions in the Modern Part of Istanbul. While Nevizade is the name of the main street, it actually refers to whole nightlife area, including the maze of small streets connecting to it. If Nevizade is not the most famous eating and drinking area of Istanbul, then it certainly is the liveliest. On any given night the streets are packed with people, young and old. All with the same goal – having a good time out while enjoying mezes or other small dishes, accompanied by alcoholic beverages – being it rakı, beer or wine. Any Meyhane in Nevizade Will Do As soon as you enter the Nevizade Street, waiters will try to convince you to pick their restaurant. Food wise you can’t go wrong in any of them. Just walk up and down the street first, and pick the one which offers you the most attractive table. Personally, I’m a regular of the Nevizade Restaurant. In the meyhanes, musicians playing fasıl (mostly classical Turkish) music wander from table to table. Be aware though that it’s considered rude to have them play a few songs without tipping them (TL 10-15). So make sure to kindly decline their offer as soon as they approach your table if you’re not a big fan of the genre.

Galata Tower
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
Taksim
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

+902122938180

Galata Kulesi, İstanbul'un Galata semtinde bulunan bir kule. 528 yılında inşa edilen yapı, şehrin önemli sembolleri arasındadır. İstanbul Boğazı ve Haliç, kuleden panoramik olarak izlenebilmektedir. UNESCO, 2013'te kuleyi Dünya Mirası Geçici Listesi'ne dahil etti.TarihçeGalata Kulesi dünyanın en eski kulelerinden biri olup, Bizans İmparatoru Anastasius tarafından 528 yılında Fener Kulesi olarak inşa ettirilmiştir. 1204 yılındaki IV. Haçlı Seferi'nde geniş çapta tahrip edilen kule, daha sonra 1348 yılında "İsa Kulesi" adıyla yığma taşlar kullanılarak Cenevizliler tarafından Galata surlarına ek olarak yeniden yapılmıştır. 1348 yılında yeniden yapıldığında kentin en büyük binası olmuştur.Galata kulesi 1445-1446 yılları arasında yükseltilmiştir. Kule Türklerin eline geçtikten sonra hemen her yüzyıl yenilenmiş ve tamir edilmiştir. 16. yüzyılda Kasımpaşa tersanelerinde çalıştırılan Hristiyan savaş esirlerinin barınağı olarak kullanılmıştır. Sultan III. Murat'ın müsaadesiyle burada müneccim Takiyüddin tarafından bir rasathane kurulmuş, ancak bu rasathane 1579'da kapatılmıştır.

Hippodrome of Constantinople
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
SULTANAHMET İSTANBUL
Üsküdar, Turkey 00059

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Sultanahmet Meydanı İstanbul'un en önemli meydanlarından biridir. Bizans devrinde Hipodrom, Osmanlı döneminde At Meydanı olarak bilinen Roma sirki de Meydanın içerisindedir.

Galata Kulesi
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
Galata Kulesi Meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

0212 293 81 80

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Nuruosmaniye
Bayazıt, Turkey 34116

+ 0090 212 5191248

Kapalıçarşı, İstanbul kentinin merkezinde Beyazıt, Nuruosmaniye ve Mercan semtlerininin ortasında yer alan dünyanın en büyük çarşısı ve en eski kapalı çarşılarından biridir. Kapalıçarşı'da yaklaşık 4.000 dükkan bulunmaktadır ve bu dükkanlarda toplam çalışan sayısı yaklaşık 25.000'dir. Gün içerisindeki en yoğun zamanlarında içinde yarım milyona yakın insan barındırdığı söylenir. Yılda 91 milyon turisti ağırlayan çarşı, dünyanın en fazla ziyaret edilen turistik mekanıdır.Tarihithumb Kapalıçarşı'nın çekirdeğini oluşturan iki bedestenden İç Bedesten yani Cevahir Bedesteni müellifler arasında tartışmalı olmakla beraber büyük olasılıkla Bizans'tan kalma bir yapı olup 48 m x 36 m ölçülerindedir. Yeni Bedesten ise 1460 yılında Fatih Sultan Mehmet tarafından yaptırılan Kapalıçarşı'nın ikinci önemli yapısıdır ve Sandal Bedesteni olarak anılmaktadır. Burada bir yolu pamuk bir yolu ipekten dokunan ve Sandal adı verilen kumaş satıldığı için Sandal Bedesteni ismi verilmiştir.Fatih Sultan Mehmet'in Kapalıçarşı'nın inşaatına başladığı yıl olan 1460 Kapalıçarşı'nın kuruluş yılı olarak kabul görmüştür. Asıl büyük çarşı ise Kanuni Sultan Süleyman tarafından ahşap olarak inşa ettirilmiştir.Dev ölçülü bir labirent gibi, 30.700 metrekarede 66 kadar sokağı, 4.000 kadar dükkânı ile Kapalıçarşı, İstanbul’un görülmesi gereken, benzersiz bir merkezidir. Adeta bir şehri andıran, bütünü ile örtülü bu site zaman içerisinde gelişip büyümüştür. İçinde son zamanlara kadar 5 cami, 1 mektep, 7 çeşme, 10 kuyu, 1 sebil, 1 şadırvan, 24 kapı, 17 han bulunmaktaydı.

Galata Tower
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
Molla Gürani Caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey 34430

The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs.DescriptionThe nine-story tower is 66.90 meters tall (62.59 m without the ornament on top, 51.65 m at the observation deck), and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35 meters above sea-level. The tower has an external diameter of 16.45 meters at the base, an 8.95 meters diameter inside, and walls that are 3.75 meters thick.There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which command a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a night club which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels.HistoryThe Romanesque style tower was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul at 219½ feet (66.9 m) when it was built in 1348. It was built to replace the old Tower of Galata, an original Byzantine tower named Megalos Pyrgos (English: Great Tower) which controlled the northern end of the massive sea chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn. That tower was on a different site and was largely destroyed in 1203, during the Fourth Crusade of 1202–1204.

Sultanahmet Cami
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

0 212 518 13 19

Hagia Sophia
Distance: 0.2 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

Hagia Sophia, "Holy Wisdom"; Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire of Constantinople. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

Ayasofya Müzesi
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

+90 21 25284500

En çok ziyaret edilen müzeler arasında yer alan Ayasofya; sanat ve mimarlık tarihi bakımından dünyanın en önde gelen anıtlardan biri olup, dünyanın 8. harikası olarak gösterilmektedir. Bugünkü Ayasofya aynı yerde fakat öncekilerinden farklı bir mimari anlayışla yapılmış olan üçüncü yapıdır. Bu yapı, İmparator Justinianos tarafından (527-565) dönemin iki önemli Mimarı olan Tralles'li (Aydın) Anthemios ile Miletos'lu (Balat) İsidoros'a yaptırılmıştır. 916 yıl kilise olan yapı, 1453 Yılında Fatih Sultan Mehmed tarafından İstanbul'un fethiyle camiye çevrilerek, 482 yıl cami olarak kullanılmıştır. Atatürk'ün emri ve Bakanlar Kurulu'nun Kararı ile 1935 yılında Ayasofya müze olarak kapılarını ziyarete açmıştır. Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Dolmabahçe
Distance: 2.3 mi Tourist Information
Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş
Istanbul, Turkey 34718

Sultanahmet
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey 34000

Yerebatan Sarnıcı
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Yerebatan Caddesi No: 64 - Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34110

Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey 34120

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.HistoryAfter the Peace of Zsitvatorok and the crushing loss in the 1603-1618 war with Persia, Sultan Ahmet I, decided to build a large mosque in Istanbul to reassert Ottoman power. It would be the first imperial mosque for more than forty years. While his predecessors had paid for their mosques with the spoils of war, Ahmet I procured funds from the Treasury, because he had not gained remarkable victories.It caused the anger of the ulema, the Muslim jurists. The mosque was built on the site of the palace of the Byzantine emperors, in front of the basilica Ayasofya (at that time, the primary imperial mosque in Istanbul) and the hippodrome, a site of significant symbolic meaning as it dominated the city skyline from the south. Big parts of the south shore of the mosque rest on the foundations, the vaults of the old Grand Palace.

Sultanahmet-Ayasofya
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sultanahmet Meydanı No:1 Eminönü/İSTANBUL
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Kapalicarsi Kakpakcilar Cad. No:178
Istanbul, Turkey 34433

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The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. the Grand Bazar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.LocationThe Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih and in the neighbourhood bearing the same name (Kapalıçarşı). It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazit and of Nuruosmaniye. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by trams (Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı stop).

Ayasofya
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
ayasofya meydanı
Istanbul, Turkey 34122

(0212) 528 4500

Beyazıt Kapalıçarşı
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Mithatpaşa Cad. No.22/A Beyazit
Istanbul, Turkey 34126

+90 212 522 36 99

Süleymaniye Mosque
Distance: 0.9 mi Tourist Information
Süleymaniye
Pendik, Turkey 34116

The Süleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.HistoryThe Süleymaniye Mosque, built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan" (481 Traditions and Encounters: Brief Global History). The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557.This "vast religious complex called the Süleymaniye...blended Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. It combines tall, slender minarets with large domed buildings supported by half domes in the style of the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia (which the Ottomans converted into the mosque of Aya Sofya)" (481 Traditions and Encounters: Brief Global History).The design of the Süleymaniye also plays on Suleyman's self-conscious representation of himself as a 'second Solomon.' It references the Dome of the Rock, which was built on the site of the Temple of Solomon, as well as Justinian's boast upon the completion of the Hagia Sophia: "Solomon, I have surpassed thee!" The Süleymaniye, similar in magnificence to the preceding structures, asserts Suleyman's historical importance. The structure is nevertheless smaller in size than its older archetype, the Hagia Sophia.

Attractions/Things to Do Near Blue Mosque Istanbul / www.bluemosque.co

Divan Yolu
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Fatih
Istanbul, Turkey 00000

02120000000

Hamidiye Hotel
Distance: 1.1 mi Tourist Information
Fevziye Cad. No:1 Şehzadebaşı
Istanbul, Turkey 34134

+90 (212) 519 41 50

İstanbul'un tarihi Şehzadebaşı semtinde yer alan Hamidiye Hotel, şehrin önemli iş ve alışveriş merkezlerine, tarihi ve turistik mekanlarına yürüme mesafesi yakınlığındadır. Hamidiye Hotel, kaliteli hizmeti ve güler yüzlü çalışanları ile bir kez daha ziyaret etmekten keyif alacağınız bir mekandır. Otelimiz, geleneksel Türk misafirperverliği ile konuklara lüks konaklama ve 2 Restaurant, 1 Bar, açık yüzme havuzu, hamam ve sauna ile keyifli anlar sunar. Otelimiz 200 standart ve 5 suit olmak üzere toplam 205 oda ve 450 yatak kapasitelidir. Odaların 120 adedi balkonlu ve 10 adedi ise geçmelidir.

TiLLO(EVLIYALAR DiYARI)
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
Zeyrek Mahallesi zeyrek caddesi no : 8
Fatih, Turkey 34000

İstanbul Tel: 0212 631 56 56

Kızkulesi
Distance: 1.7 mi Tourist Information
İmrahor salacak mh.
Istanbul, Turkey 34668

(0216) 342 4747

İSTANBUL’UN İMZASI KIZ KULESİ İki kıtanın kucaklaştığı yerde bulunan küçük adacık,binlerce yıllık efsaneleriyle 2000 yılından itibaren siz değerli misafirlerimize hizmet vermektedir. KızKulesi,2012 yılında yapılan renovasyon çalışması ile hak ettiği çehresine kavuşmuştur.09.00-18.45 saatleri arasındaki gündüz servisinde; kafeterya, eşsiz manzaralı seyir terası ve 2012 yılında hizmete giren KızKulesi efsanelerinin sergilendiği ‘’efsaneler sergisiyle’’ misafirlerine unutulmaz anlar yaşatmaktadır.Türkiye’nin ilk “White Glove Service” standardıyla hizmet veren restuarant’ı olan KızKulesi,20.15 sonrasındaki Akşam Servisinde; dünya mutfağının eşsiz yemeklerini değerli misafirlerine sunmaktadır. Yıllar boyu sevgililerin,eşsiz İstanbul manzarasına karşı,birbirlerine söyledikleri "evet" cümlesi ile aşklarını ölümsüzleştirdiği bu eşsiz mekan,hep hayalini kurduğunuz unutulmaz düğünleriniz ve özel etkinliklerinize de ev sahipliği yapıyor. THE MAIDEN’S TOWER, SIGNATURE OF ISTANBUL The Maiden’s tower has located between asia&europe, this island has valuable service to our guest from 2000 to the present with legends histories. At 2012 the maiden's tower had made in renovation work with it deserves environments, gained its. 09.00-18.45 hours between the daytime service; cafeteria, a unique view of the observation terrace and 2012, entered service in the maiden's tower legends exhibit ‘legends exhibition’ guests experience unforgettable moments. The maiden Tower is started the first “ White Glove Service “for international cuisine in the unique dishes precious to our guests . Throughout the years, the lovers,the unique Istanbul against the views of each other,and say "yes" to the sentence of love, immortalized in this unique venue,always dreaming of for a memorable wedding parties and special events from the hosts. Genel Bilgiler Rezervasyon ve Bilgi için Düğün, Davet , Grup Talepleriniz için Tel : 0 216 342 47 47 Fax : 0 216 495 28 85

C.I.P Cultural Interactions Point
Distance: 1.8 mi Tourist Information
Cihangir Mah. Soganci Sok 3/3 Cihangir, Beyoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey 34433

+90 212 2493670

C.I.P Cultural Interactions Point has been established by travel specialist and travel writer Serif Yenen, to create a platform for visitors of Istanbul to get to know and understand the Turkish culture by cross-cultural interactions. Visitors of Istanbul can immerse into the Turkish local culture with workshops, lectures, courses, presentations and interactions offered at the C.I.P. If you are looking for authentic alternative experiences in Istanbul, check out the activities at the C.I.P, choose the one that interests you the most, you will be able to go beyond the ordinary and become true travelers. You may well be choosing a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which you will never forget or discover the artist within.

Kız Kulesi
Distance: 1.9 mi Tourist Information
ÜSKÜDAR-HAREM SAHİL YOLU
Istanbul, Turkey 34660

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The Marions Suite
Distance: 2.0 mi Tourist Information
Cihangir Mah.Purtelaş sok.No:12
Istanbul, Turkey 34433

0212 243 24 24