Hamidiye Mosque, Istanbul

Hamidiye Mosque, was built by the Architect Sarkis Balyan by the order of Sultan Abdülhamit II between 1885 and 1886 in a road by Yıldız Palace in Barbaros Boulevard. It is a very special example of Ottoman architecture with its portal and unique dome position. Sultan Abdülhamit II drew up the plan is said. The…

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Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul

The Ortakoy Mosque is situated on the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square in the Beşiktaş District, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus. The mosque was built on the order of Abdulmecid (1839-1861), the ruler of the Ottoman Empire, and was constructed by the Nigoğos Balyan in 1853. It was during the…

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Nusretiye Mosque, Istanbul

The Nusretiye Mosque was erected between 1823 and 1826 by Mahmud II (1784-1839) as part of a larger project to rebuild the Tophane artillery barracks that burnt in the Firuzaga fire. It is located off the Western shore of the Bosphorus, below Tophane or the Canon Foundry established by Mehmed II (1432-1481) and was built…

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Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, Istanbul

The Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, is the central element of the complex built by Ahmed I (1603-1617) and was completed after the sultan’s death in 1617. Its architect is Mehmed Aga (d.1622), whose epithet “Sedefkar” refers to his mastery in mother-of-pearl. The mosque is considered to be the last example of Ottoman…

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Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

The Suleymaniye Mosque at one’s first glance there are two things that are particularly remarkable in the ancient monuments of the Ottomans: the choice of the site and the perfect unity of the whole. Whether or not it is in a ra~sed place, the site always has a view of vast open spaces and however…

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Rustem Pasa Mosque, Istanbul

The Rüstem Pasa Mosque is located the Weavers’ Market, in the Eminönü district next to the Golden Horn, in the Tahtakale neighborhood of Istanbul. To the west of the mosque is a cemetery, and a square was later added behind its qibla wall. As indicated by a four-line inscription, the mosque was commissioned by the…

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Sehzade Mosque, Istanbul

The Şehzade Mosque is a mosque in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman I and was built by architect Mimar Sinan between 1543 and 1548. It was considered by architectural historians as Sinan’s first masterpiece of classical Ottoman. The mosque has a square plan, covered by a central dome,…

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Gay – Lesbian Tours

Gay and Lesbian Tourism Turkey provides gay friendly travel information for GLBTI people and their friends on accommodation, hotels, resorts, car hire, holiday tours, clubs and attractions. Whether you’re planning your next holiday or business trip, be confident that you’re being looked after by professionals who understand the needs of gay & lesbian travellers. Istanbul –…

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