Sultanahmet is the heart of historic Old Istanbul. Sultanahmet is your best base for sightseeing in Istanbul. This is where you’ll find Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) and several sights.
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Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
The Blue Mosque is one of the symbols of Istanbul. It also one of the most significant works of the Ottoman era. Blue Mosque was constructed in early 1600s by the Architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga.
Blue Mosque is one of the most important structures of the city and its outstanding characteristic is that it is decorated with more than 20 thousand blue, green and white tiles.
Its hemidomes and the big dome has been adorned with blue hand-drawings. Therefore it is also called the Blue Mosque. In addition, the Blue Mosque is the only 6 minarets in Turkey.
Haghia Sophia Museum
Haghia Sofia Museum was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian between 532-537 AD. When Istanbul was conquered in 1453 from by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, it was converted into a mosque. Sophia in the name of the building means holy wisdom or divine wisdom.
It is considered one of the three properties of God in the Orthodox communion. The construction was led by the 6th century architects Isidoros and Anthemius, with 10.000 people working and it is stated that Justinian spent a fortune on it.
Some pillars, doors and stones were brought from older buildings and temples. During the Byzantine, it was the Patriarch Church.
After the conquest of Istanbul, the Topkapı Palace became the center of the Ottoman Empire’s administration, education and art for nearly 400 years. Topkapi Palace served as the house of the sultans at the same time. After the Republic, it started to serve as a museum.