Turkey is a country with a rich history. Over a relatively small territory, the paths of the richest cultures and civilizations of Asia and Europe have crossed for centuries. As a result, unique architectural monuments of different eras appeared. Turkey is a real storehouse of fascinating and intriguing sights and here you will learn at least some of them.
The symbol of Antalya, which is visible from almost anywhere in the city, is the Yivli Minaret. It got its name thanks to unusual brickwork.
The Church of the Holy Cross on Akhtamar Island is an ancient Armenian cathedral in Turkey in the middle of Lake Van, surrounded by picturesque mountains. The millennial church has survived almost unchanged to this day and is known for its unique bas-reliefs.
The island of Byzantine culture in the Muslim world is considered the most richly decorated Byzantine temple, preserved to this day.
One of the most revered shrines of the Muslim world. Here the sultans were crowned, encircled by the Ottomans with their sword and proclaimed popularly rulers.
In the XIX century, Dolmabahce was the main residence of the Sultan and the administrative center. The palace, stunning the imagination with its luxury, has become a symbol of the greatness and decline of the Ottoman Empire.
One of the main attractions of Turkey, thanks to which Byzantine Constantinople became Ottoman Istanbul.
The oldest Turkish architectural structure in Istanbul. The second name - Guzeljekhisary - translated from Turkish means "beautiful fortress."
The business card of Istanbul - the most beautiful and most capacious mosque is also famous for the fact that here are the tombs of the legendary Suleiman and Roksolana.
Beylerbeyi Palace - the former summer residence of the Sultans of Istanbul and one of the most beautiful palaces on the Asian shores of the Bosphorus.
Edikule Castle was one of the most important defensive fortresses of Byzantium, and its Golden Gate served as a triumphal arch for the festive processions of the imperial ceremony after victories.
Topkapi Palace is the best example of palace ensembles of the Ottoman period, according to UNESCO and one of the most famous museums in the world, where more than 65 thousand unique exhibits of the imperial era are presented.
Sultan Ahmet wanted to build a mosque that would surpass the beauty of St. Sophia Cathedral. Now, these two structures stand nearby, and the tourists have to decide which of them is more impressive. But Istanbul itself chose this masterpiece as the symbol of Istanbul.
St. Sophia Cathedral is the greatest monument of two empires - the Byzantine and Ottoman. He served as a patriarchal Orthodox cathedral, then a mosque, and now a museum.