The Symbol of the Ottoman Empire: Selimiye Mosque

The construction of the mosque started in 1568 with the order of Selim II and it took 7 years and hard work of thousands of people to complete. It is regarded as the most important work of the Ottoman architecture and has been described by Mimar Sinan as his “masterpiece”.

What it’s like to travel through the incredible new airport in Istanbul

Istanbul’s new aviation darling is a stunner. Beneath the enormous vaulted canopy is a vast space of colour and patterns inspired by Istanbul old and new: the curves are inspired by the city’s famed domed mosques and baths; the space-age transit hall follows the shape of the Bosphorus Strait; and the control tower is designed in the shape of a tulip, Turkey’s national flower.


The 120-year old iconic church reopened after seven years of restoration. This one and only iron church of the World was built in 1898 by the Bulgarian community of Istanbul.

The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul’s Street Cats

You’ll find them greeting foreign dignitaries at one of the city’s most famous sights, lounging on café chairs and shop displays, and lapping up attention wherever they go. They have their own Instagram account, and custom-built shelters and feeding stations on the city’s streets. Forget the Byzantines and the Ottomans: The real conquerors of Istanbul are its street cats.

Turkey’s first Madame Tussauds Museum to open its doors in a few days in Istanbul!

“The museum will exhibit 55 local and international wax figures from the worlds of politics, sports and culture” said the Manager Mr. Suner, on Tuesday’s event, to the press and agency representatives. The museum will be located on Istanbul’s teeming Istiklal Street in the newly renovated Grand Pera building’s 2,000-square-meter area, encompassing two floors.

ON THE FRINGE – The Istanbul Land Walls

Surrounding the touristic hot spots of Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, the Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern on Istanbul’s historical peninsula, you can find one of the least visited, under-rated attractions of the city, the walls of Istanbul.

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