Hagia Sofia – Istanbul

Hagia Sofya located in Istanbul. The Byzantine Church of Hagia Sophia stands atop the first hill of Constantinople at the tip of the historic peninsula, surrounded by the waters of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn on three sides. It was built by Justinian I between 532 and 537 and is…

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Kapalicarsi – Istanbul

Kapalicarsi or the Covered Bazaar is the collective name given to two bedestens and the series of vaulted commercial streets that surround them, located between the Nuruosmaniye and Bayezid Mosques north of Divanyolu, the main road traversing the historic peninsula heading towards Edirne (Adrinople). It is located at the northern edge of a larger market…

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Esma Sultan Mansion – Istanbul

A multipurpose event space in the Ortaköy district of Istanbul, built inside the ruins of a brick palace that was built in 1875 by architect Sarkis Balyan for Esma Sultan, sister of Sultan Abdülaziz. The incorporated structure is built out of steel and glass within the original brick exterior. The glass box is tethered to…

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Ercumend Kalmik Museum – Istanbul

The private museum is dedicated to the art and teaching of Ercümend Kalmik (1908-71). The project consists of the restoration of a late 19th century house containing the permanent collection and the addition of a two-level annex, which serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions and other artistic activities, placed behind the house, leaving a…

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Dolmabahce Sarayi – Istanbul

The Dolmabahçe Palace is located at Besiktas in Istanbul. At first a shallow bay where the Ottoman navy used to anchor, the coast was filled in during the rule of Ahmed I (1603-1617) and Selim II (1566-1574) built a pool and kiosk here. Palatial buildings added by Murad IV (1648-1687) were rebuilt during the rule…

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The Kiosk – Istanbul

The kiosk is built into a terraced hill, with one story on the landward side and two stories on the seaward side. The upper story, or the main floor, was reserved for the royal family and the lower story, a walk-out basement, was used partially for services. The plan of the kiosk is organized around…

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Beylerbeyi Palace – Istanbul

Beylerbeyi Palace located is north of Uskudar in Istanbul. On this imperial coastal estate that rests on the woody Çamlica hills, a Byzantine settlement is known to have existed as early as the sixth century when Emperor Constantine II (578-582) erected a church with a golden cross (stavros) that gave the area its name. The…

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The Imperial Shipyard and Tersane Palace – Istanbul

The construction of the imperial shipyards on the northern coast of the Golden Horn began at Kasimpasa during the rule of Mehmed II (1451-1481) following the conquest of Constantinople. A coastal garden surrounded by forests, thought to be inherited from Byzantine rulers, was organized as an imperial retreat to the west of the shipyards known…

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Aynalikavak Kasri – Istanbul

Aynalikavak Kasri known as Aynalikavak tersanesi. The Aynalikavak Kiosk is the only remaining structure from the Tersane (shipyard) or Aynalikavak palace which occupied the coastline and woody hills between Kasimpasa and Hasköy between the fifteenth and the nineteenth centuries. The palace was named after the imperial shipyards that were spread out along the northern coast…

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Buyukcekmece Koprusu – Istanbul

Buyuk Cekmece koprusu mean is bridge of T Sultan Süleyman is located about thirty-six kilometers to the west of Istanbul along the main road to Edirne. Spanning 636 meters over the natural channel that connects the Büyükçekmece Lake with the Sea of Marmara to the south, the bridge was built beginning 1563 by Süleyman I…

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