7 Sightseeings of Istanbul

7 Sightseeings of Istanbul
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1. Hagia Sophia
Originally a church, later a mosque, and now a museum, the Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Byzantine emperor Justinian the Great.

Hagia Sophia
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Dolmabahçe, Çırağan and Beylerbeyi palaces on the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus. They were designed by members of the Balyan family of Ottoman court architects.

2. Palau de Çırağan

Çırağan Palace ,a former Ottoman palace, is now a five-star hotel in the Kempinski Hotels chain. It is located on the European shore of the Bosporus, between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Suite of Sultan, billed at US$15,332 per night, is ranked number 14 on Worlds 15 most expensive hotel suites compiled by CNN Go in 2012.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide

Palau de Çırağan.Istanbul
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3. Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used.

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4. Beylerbeyi Palace
The Beylerbeyi Palace is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey at the Asian side of the Bosphorus. An Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.

Istanbul Beylerbeyi Palace
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5. Yeni Cami
The Yeni Cami, meaning New Mosque; originally named the Valide Sultan Mosque and later New Valide Sultan Mosque after its partial reconstruction and completion between 1660 and 1665; is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, and is one of the famous architectural landmarks of Istanbul.

Mosque Yeni Cami -Istanbul
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6. Topkapı

The Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign.
As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed cloak and sword.The Topkapı Palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described under UNESCO criterion iv as "the best example of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period.

Topkapı Palace.Istanbul
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Topkapi Palace Seen From Harem

Topkapı Palace - Istanbul,Turkey
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7. Robert College
Established in 1863, Robert College has been an American boarding school since its higher education section became Boğaziçi University in 1971.

Robert College - istanbul
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