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The current dome was installed in 563. This is a true piece of an architectural art - the perimeter of the building has windows, so it looks like the dome stands on air. Over 900 years Hagia Sophia was the main cathedral of Constantinople (the former name of Istanbul). In 1453, by order of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, the Orthodox basilica was converted into a mosque. Several minarets were attached to the building, … Open

Cultural excursion through Istanbul - things to see

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 … Open

Attractions and active leisure

Miniatürk Park is another place that is worth visiting. This park was opened in 2003. Miniatürk is a mix of a conventional park and an open-air museum. Here you will find spacious terraces for rest and recreation, as well as some thematic areas with established models of attractions. In the park you will find cozy cafés, bars and lots of interesting shops. Youngest visitors will find much interesting in a … Open

Cuisine and top restaurants

Boncuk restaurant looks more like a small cozy tavern. Unique dishes of Armenian cuisine remain the main "attraction" of this place. Most often visitors order mackerel, which is baked on an open fire by a skilled chef. The restaurant’s tables are located on the terrace, so this place is perfect for a family holiday. In 5.Kat restaurant you can try best dishes of international cuisine, which are cooked by … Open

Traditions and mentality of Istanbul

Many national holidays, which the locals celebrate throughout a year, have a religious character. Typically, on these days of celebrations restaurants and cafes of Istanbul stop selling alcoholic beverages. A notable fact - more than 60% of the population of Istanbul is people under the age of 35 years, so there’s no wonder why Youth Day is one of the most popular and anticipated celebrations. The holiday is … Open

Travel guide to Istanbul

Sultan Ahmet Mosque.
Blue Mosque, or, as it is also called, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet is an Islamic response to Hagia Sophia. Its architect, Mehmet Aga Sedefkar, wanted to surpass the grandeur of the Orthodox basilica, and many people believe he managed to do it. Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1617, almost 1100 years after Hagia Sophia. Its central dome is 33 meters in diameter and … Open

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