Istanbul is home to numerous old buildings and religious sites. Hagia Sophia Cathedral is one of the most popular places of interest among tourists. It was built in the beginning of the 6th century. After the capture of Constantinople the great cathedral was converted into a mosque. In 1934 the building of the cathedral was turned into a museum. Nowadays visitors can see here priceless collections of art objects.
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The mosque of Sultanahmet is a more recent religious monument. The building of the masque was completed in 1616. This is one of the most beautiful mosques of the city, which is famous not only by its elegant architecture, but also by carefully selected interior decoration. Travelers should also not forget to visit Sultanahmet Meydanı – the most famous square of the city and an ancient hippodrome. During the reign of emperors the square was the venue for gladiator fights. Thousands of townspeople gathered here to watch this exciting spectacle.
Fans of excursions will find much interesting in visiting Yedikule fortress, which now hosts the exhibition of a museum. The castle was built by Byzantine craftsmen and was long used as a prison. Today in several halls of the fortress you will find collections of antique torture instruments. The museum is open for all guests. The building of beautiful Dolmabahce Palace was completed in 1853. The palace has the right to be considered the most luxurious palace of the city. As many as 14 tons of gold and 40 tons of silver were used for the interior decoration of the palace. Dolmabahce Palace has become a real synonym of "oriental luxury".
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Topkapi Palace is a no less interesting architectural monument, which construction started by the order of Mehmed II and took place more than four centuries ago. Inside the beautiful palace is stored a priceless artifact - a mummified hand in a silver frame. According to an ancient legend, the hand belonged to Prophet Muhammad. Many interesting stories and legends are connected with Topkapi Palace, which may be very interesting to hear for every traveler. The bridge of Galata is another interesting attraction. It was built in the late 19th century. Today the bridge is not only an important historical object, but also a popular entertainment center. Here you will find spacious and viewing platforms, cozy restaurants, and various shops.