Turkey Architectural Tour
Back when the Ottoman Empire collapsed, refugees streamed into Turkey like water. Muslims, Greeks, Albanians, Abkhazians, and other ethnic groups all claimed Turkey as their home, resulting in an eclectic mix of culture, architecture, and history. Churches stand next to mosques, and grand classical archaeological sites abound. Here you’ll find everything from hilltop fortresses to busy city bazaars. The best way to see it all is on a guided Turkey architectural tour.
If you’re starting out in Istanbul, the must-do place to visit is the Hagia Sofia. This famous landmark was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, and then was reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It’s a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, and its main decorative dome is an architectural marvel. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, visiting Hagia Sofia is a must on any sightseeing tour.
While in Istanbul, be sure to check out the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans and home to the imperial treasury. This palace houses Islamic relics belonging to the Prophet Mohammed, as well as weapons, Chinese porcelain, and even a calligraphy section. Visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, and the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome was once used for horse and chariot racing. Another fascinating mosque is the Rustem Pasha Mosque, built for the Grand Vizier of Suleyman The Magnificent.
An experienced local guide will tell you all about important monuments like the Obelisk of Theodosius, as well as the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. You’ll want to spend hours at the Grand Bazaar – a covered bazaar consisting of a maze of streets with more than 400 shops.Read More ...