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Quick Guide 17: Archaeological Museums of Istanbul - Osman Hamdi Bey

Archaeological Museums of Istanbul consist of three buildings with more than one million artefacts in the collections. The Founder of the Museum, Osman Hamdi Bey is the pioneer curator and orientalist painter. His famous painting is the Tortoise Trainer.

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Quick Guide 16: Iznik Tiles

Nicaea was an important city of the Hellenistic and Roman Kingdom of Bithynia. In the Turkish period, the city was named as İznik and it became the largest tile production centre.

There were approximately 340 ateliers of tiles in İznik. When an Ottoman sultan wanted to build a new building, he sent a message to the governor of İznik. All the work was distributed to the ateliers. In the beginning of the 16th century, motifs on tiles had blue, dark blue and yellow colors on white background. In the second half of the century more motifs were used and color combination becomes more complex.

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Quick Guide 15: Serpentine Column in the Ancient Hippodrome in Constantinople

The Ancient Hippodrome from the Roman period had many monuments in its central axis. One of these monuments was the Serpentine Column which was brought from Delphi in Greece. It is made with bronze with three intertwined serpents.

The Hippodrome was destroyed and plundered in 1204 by the Crusaders.

During the Turkish period it lost its popularity, especially with the construction of the Blue Mosque. The ancient Hippodrome changed its name and became Atmeydanı (Horse Square), a place where Ottomans trained their horses.

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Quick Guide 14: Egyptian Obelisk in the Ancient Hippodrome in Constantinople

The Ancient Hippodrome from the Roman period had many monuments in its central axis. One of these monuments was the Egyptian Obelisk which was brought from Egypt. It is carved in the granite and has Egyptian hieroglyphs (picture writings) on its four sides.

The marble base on which the obelisk was erected show scenes from the Byzantine Empire, emperor watching either the erection of the Obelisk or chariot races. On one side he is preparing a wreath for the winner of the race.

The Hippodrome was destroyed and plundered in 1204 by the Crusaders.

During the Turkish period it lost its popularity, especially with the construction of the Blue Mosque. The ancient Hippodrome changed its name and became Atmeydanı (Horse Square), a place where Ottomans trained their horses.

The Obelisk is still in good condition.

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Quick Guide 13: Ancient Hippodrome in Constantinople

The original Hippodrome was built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor, Septimus Severus, when he rebuilt Byzantium. Constantine the Great reconstructed, enlarged, and adorned it with beautiful works brought from different parts of the Roman Empire when he chose Byzantium as his new capital. The Hippodrome was 117 m / 384 ft wide and 480 m / 1575 ft long with a capacity of 100,000 spectators. It is said that one quarter of the population could fit into the Hippodrome at one time.

The Hippodrome was destroyed and plundered in 1204 by the Crusaders.

During the Turkish period it lost its popularity, especially with the construction of the Blue Mosque. The ancient Hippodrome changed its name and became Atmeydanı (Horse Square), a place where Ottomans trained their horses.

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Quick Guide 12: The Suleymaniye Mosque by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent

The Süleymaniye, more than a mosque, is an important historical symbol for the Turks. It unites Architect Sinan with Süleyman, one representing the best of the arts and the other most power- ful of political strength.

The Süleymaniye Mosque was built between 1550-1557.

The famous Blue Mosque was built by one of Sinan’s apprentices 60 years after the Süleymaniye.

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Is the interior of the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmend Mosque) covered with tiles?

Is this the reason that it is called Blue Mosque?

A 19-year-old Sultan, Sultan Ahmed I, started digging ceremoniously in the presence of high officials until he was tired. Thus began the construction in 1609 that continued until it was finished in 1616. He appointed his royal chief architect Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, one
of the apprentices of Architect Sinan, to be in charge of the construction. He designed one of the last examples of the classical period’s architectural style. It incorporates Byzantine architecture with that of traditional Islamic.

Built by Sultan Ahmed I as a part of a large complex, it is originally called as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. However, visitors fascinated with the beautiful turquoise blue tiles always remember it as the Blue Mosque. The complex consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains, medreses (schools of theology), a health center, kitchens for the poor, shops, a bath, rental rooms, houses and store houses.

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Quick Guide 10: The Suleymaniye Mosque by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent

The Süleymaniye, more than a mosque, is an important historical symbol for the Turks. It unites Architect Sinan with Süleyman, one representing the best of the arts and the other most power- ful of political strength.

The Süleymaniye Mosque was built between 1550-1557.

The famous Blue Mosque was built by one of Sinan’s apprentices 60 years after the Süleymaniye.

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Immerse Yourself into the Traditional & Commercial Life in the Grand Bazaar with Serif Yenen & Team

Grand Bazaar may be overwhelming for many people, but if you know what you are doing there, it is a fascinating experience.

With more than four thousand shops, it covers an area of more than 30 hectares, and it is one of the greatest and oldest bazaars in the world.

Grand Bazaar is a treasure trove for shoppers, especially those who are interested in the local culture and want the opportunity to interact with local people and take part in their customs. Vendors in the bazaar offer many unique and interesting things to buy. You can get anything here from silver and gold to antiques and food.

Come join us to discover the Grand Bazaar for a once in a lifetime experience. Let us:

Start from one end of the bazaar,
Stroll through the back streets,
Explore the surrounding commercial buildings,
Climb up roofs,
Catch bargains,
Meet artisans
and finish on the other end.

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Quick Guide 9-B: Evolution of Sarcophagus, Archaeological Museums of Istanbul

Archaeological Museums of Istanbul host a very large collection of sarcophagi. The word derives from Assos stone in which dead bodies decayed faster. That's why it means flesh-eating stone. The Roman period sarcophagi were made of marble with bas-reliefs on the sides.

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