5 must visited places in Istanbul
The monuments and cultural events are spread throughout Istanbul, Many of these landmarks have gained wide popularity and become a destination for anyone visiting Istanbul. However, there are many landmarks that are overlooked by many who visit Istanbul, although they contain many features that characterize the city and chronicle stages of its life.
Here are some of these landmarks that must be visited by anyone traveling to Istanbul:
♦ Little Hagia Sophia mosque (Küçük Ayasofya Camii):
This mosque is a miniature version of Hagia Sophia,
This building during the Byzantine rule of Istanbul was a church called "The Church of Saints Sergius and Bakhos", and was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman rule of the city, while preserving its internal and external form.
The mosque is located in an area called (KumKapı) in the municipality of "Fatih" in Istanbul.
♦ Rüstem Paşa Mosque (Rüstem Paşa Camii):
This Grand Mosque was built by the great Ottoman architect (Mimar Sinan). It was named for "Rüstem Paşa", who served as the supreme minister during the reign of "Suleiman the Magnificent". He is also the husband of his daughter "Mihrimah sultan"
This mosque is characterized by distinctive motifs that cover its walls. These motifs vary widely to about 80 different styles, the entire ceramic was made in the town of "Iznik" (which also known by its ancient name Nicaea) in Bursa state , which is famous for this distinctive color of blue ceramic.
The mosque is located in a neighborhood called (Tahtakale) in the municipality of Fatih in Istanbul.
♦ Carpet Museum (Halı Müzesi) :
The carpet museum is located in a magnificent Baroque building, part of the Hagia Sophia complex.
The first hall of the museum houses an early-fashioned Anatolian carpets,which characterized by abstract geometric designs, The second hall includes carpets dating back to the 19th century, while the third showroom includes the most impressive carpets dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and carpets from the blue mosque and the Mosque of Sulaymaniyah.
♦ Miniature park of Turkey (Miniatürk):
Miniatürk is a miniature park with the most famous landmarks of Turkey in the form of miniatures, as well as interpretations of historic structures.
Opened in 2003, this park covers an area of 60,000 square meters and is one of the largest miniature gardens in the world, It has 122 archeological sites in Turkey.
The park is located on the north-eastern side of the Golden Horn and is located in the municipality of Beyoğlu in Istanbul.
♦ (Madame Tussauds Istanbul):
This museum is one of the Madame Tussauds series of wax museums.
The museum has sculptures of wax for celebrities from all over the world, as well as sculptures of Turkish celebrities (politicians, artists, athletes ...).
This museum is considered a destination for many tourists who want to take Photos with celebrities, and It is located in Beyoğlu district ın Istanbul.
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