Istanbul (Byzantium) City Walls
Istanbul embraces two continents with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe. Through the city's heart, the Bosphorus, course the waters of the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn.
The former capital of three successive empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, Istanbul today honors and preserves the legacy of its past while looking forward to a modern future.
It is Istanbul's endless variety that fascinates its visitors. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars and sights of natural beauty seem innumerable.
Reclining on the western shorc of the Bosphorus al sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected in the windows of the opposite shore you may sudclenly and profoundly understand why So many centuries ago settlers chose to build on this remarkable site.
Istanbul's Modern Face
At such times you can see why Istanbul is truly one of the most glorious cities in the world.
The Basilica of Hagia Sophia (Holy wisdom), now called the Ayasofya Museum Istanbul, is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of ali time. Built hy Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, its immense dome rises 55 meters above the ground and its diameter spans 31 meters. More
On a finger of land at the confluence of the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara stands the Topkapi Palace Istanbul, that maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. More
Across from Hagia Sophia stands the supremely elegant Imperial Sultanahmet Mosque with six minarets. Built between 1609 and 1616 by the architect Mehmet, the building is more familiarly known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior paneling of blue and white Iznik tiles. During the summer months an evening light and sound show both entertains and informs visitors. More
Environs of Istanbul
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