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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The museum has always been the precious of its time.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hagia Sophia (means “Divine Wisdom”) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque (29 May 1453 – 1931), and now a museum (1 February 1935 – today ) in Istanbul, Turkey. Called Hagia Sophia in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin, Ayasofya in Turkish, it was built on the site of Byzantium’s acropolis by Emperor Justinian (527-65 AD) in 537.

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. Hagia Sophia was choosen a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985.

Fast Facts

Site Information
Names:Hagia Sophia; Aya Sofya; Ayasofya; St. Sophia; Church of Holy Wisdom
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
Faiths:Original/Primary: ChristianityCurrent/Secondary: Islam
Denomination:Greek Orthodox
Dedication:Holy Wisdom
Categories:Cathedrals; Mosques; World Heritage Sites
Architecture:Byzantine
Date:532-537
Patron(s):Justinian
Architect:Isidore of Miletus; Anthemius of Tralles
Size:Width: 230 ft (70 m)Height: 246 ft (75 m)Dome diameter: 102 ft (31 m)
Features:Byzantine Mosaics
Status:Museum
Visitor Information
Address:Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey.
Coordinates:41.008548° N, 28.979938° E   (view on Google Maps)
Phone:+90 (212) 522 1750, 522 0989
Public transport:Tram: Sultanahmet
Opening hours:9am-4:30pm (except on mondays)

Hagia Sofia - Ayasofya, Istanbul, Turkey

The museum is open between 09:00 – 16:30 except on Mondays, with longer opening hours during the summer months.

Admission Fee : 20 TL (around $13 / GBP 8 )

Contact Information:

Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya Müzesi)

Address: Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey.
Tel: +90 (212) 522 1750, 522 0989
Fax: +90 (212) 512 5474

Note: Admission fees, opening hours or days of closure of the museums might be changed without prior notice, or that museum might be closed for restorations. Please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Photos

Hagia Sophia interior

Hagia Sophia Mosaics

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace (“Palace of the Cannon Gate”) is one of the most popular tourist attraction to visit, Istanbul, Turkey. The palace was built in between 1466 – 1478 by one of the Ottoman Sultans who is Sultan Mehmet II.Topkapi Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı) is located on the Sarayburnu (Seraglio), a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, with the Bosphorus in plain sight from many points of the palace.

Sections of the palace: Imperial Gate, Second Courtyard (Council Square), Third Courtyard  (Enderun Courtyard), Fourth Courtyard (Sofa-i Hümayun), Harem.

Admission to Topkapi Palace is charged in Turkish Lira and credit card.

Ticket : 20 TL (around $13 / GBP 8 ) 15 TL to the Harem. (01.03.2011). Harem : Additional ticket is required. Harem entrance ticket is 15TL.  The Harem is open to visit between 09:00 AM – 05.00 PM .

Visit Days: All days (except for Tuesdays) between 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM.

see on the google map
Phone: +90 212 5120480
Fax: +90 212 5285991
Web Address : www.topkapisarayi.gov.tr

Photos

Imperial Gate, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul.
Gate of Felicity, Topkapi Palace
Gate of Felicity, Topkapi Palace
Gate of Salutation, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Gate of Salutation, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Imperial Carriages, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Imperial Carriages, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Imperial Council Hall, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Imperial Council Hall, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace, IstanbulThe Dolmabahce Palace (Ottoman architecture) is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, situated on the European side of the Istanbul, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a twenty-year interval (1889-1909) in which the Yıldız Palace was used. It is one of the most important historic places in Istanbul that must be seen.

The palace is consisted three main sections that they are administrative apartments (Turkish: Selamlik or Mabeyn-i Hümayun), Ceremonial Hall (Turkish: Muayede Salonu), and Imperial Harem (Turkish: Harem-i Hümayun). Also there are several other small buildings such as imperial kitchens, Crown Prince rooms (Turkish: Veliaht Dairesi), barracks, pharmacy,  flour mill, stables, aviary (Turkish: Kusluk), glass manufactory, foundry, plant house (Turkish: Fidelik), greenhouse, carpet workshop, clock tower (outside of the palace), etc..

Admission to Dolmabahce Palace is charged in Turkish Lira. You’re not allowed to take any photo or camera inside the palace. The visit is based on a guided tour usually every 15 minutes.

Ticket : 20 TRY (around $13 / GBP 8 ) (28.02.2011)

Dolmabahce Palace Interior
Dolmabahce Palace Interior

Visit Days: All days (except for Monday and Thursday) between 09:00 – 16:00 .

Dolmabahce means: “Filled up Garden”.

Address: Dolmabahce – Besiktas, Istanbul
Phone: +90 212 2369000
Fax: +90 212 2593292

Web Site: www.dolmabahce.gov.tr

Dolmabahçe Palace Plan

Dolmabahce Palace Plan
Dolmabahce Palace Plan

 

Ortakoy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque, IstanbulOrtakoy Mosque (Turkish: Ortaköy Camii, Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque)) is one of the most beautiful samples of the Baroque architecture in Istanbul.

Location :  ( European side of Istanbul ) On the coast in Ortaköy Neighborhood, Besiktas District  – Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates : 41°2′49″N 29°1′37″E
Architectural type :    Mosque
Architectural style :   Neo-Baroque
Architect(s) :    Garabet Balyan,  Nigoğayos Balyan
Client :   Abdülmecid I (1839-1861)
Date :   1853-1854
Century :    19th
Building Type :   Religious

Maiden’s Tower

Maiden's Tower, Istanbul, TurkeyThe Maiden’s Tower Istanbul (Turkish: Kiz Kulesi), also known in the ancient Greek and medieval Byzantine periods as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros), sits on a small islet located at the southern entrance of Bosphorus strait 200 m off the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) is the romantic symbol of Istanbul, built on an island on Bosphorus between European and Asian sides.

Today, there is a restaurant in the first floor and a cafe at the top of the tower.

Location: On an islet off the Asiatic shore at the southern entrance of the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates  : 41°01′15.4″N 29°00′14.08″E
Focal Height: Approx. 23 m (75 ft)

Address: Salacak Mh. Salacak İskele Ar Sk 17, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 216 342 4747 ‎

Website: official site

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