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Hagia Sophia, basilica, later a mosque, now a museum, one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture
Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans
Blue Mosque, Istanbul’s only mosque with six minarets
Dolmabahce Palace, with european artistic influences
Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world
Chora Church, famous preserved galleries of Byzantine mosaics
Suleiman Mosque, huge dome and slim minarets
Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Alexander sarcophagus, Iznik tiles, Karaman Mihrab, the Treaty of Kadesh…
And Basilica Cistern, Egytian Bazaar, Galata Tower, Princes’ Islands, Theodosian Walls…
Three museums. In the Archaeological Museum: 4th century BC Alexander sarcophagus, facade of the Temple to Athena from Assos, Byzantine mosaics and Egyptian and Lycian sarcophagi. The Museum of Islamic Art (Tiled Kiosk): Iznik tiles and 15th-century royal blue Karaman Mihrab. The Museum of the Ancient Orient: the Treaty of Kadesh (13th century BC), 6th century BC frieze from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.Located in the Eminönü district near Gülhane Park and Topkap? Palace.
Topkapi Palace was the residence in Istanbul of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1856. Initial construction began in 1459, ordered by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Byzantine Constantinople. Sultans abandoned it for Dolmabahçe Palace.