Istanbul, the historical capital of the Ottoman Empire is among one of the stunning sites of the world. During the reign of Ottomans, Istanbul was an outstanding center for political, social and educational activities and in this context the development and progress in different fields throughout the empire was exceptional. It’s a common point which comes in the mind of every traveler who visits Istanbul, that where to go in this dazzling city and what to find at this amazing destination which holds numerous tourism aspects. So what I will recommend you is to visit and explore the incredible architectural sites of Istanbul which will give you a new sense of excitement. By watching the spectacular architectural sites of Istanbul with a glorious artistic work and an astonishing use of architectural skills of that time Muslim architects will totally surprise you and your tour will became memorable.
Sultan Ahmad Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque which is also known as the Blue Mosque because the mosque’s interior walls are furnished with blue tiles which gives splendid views. Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century and was designed by the chief architect Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa during the reign of Sultan Ahmed 1, while the mosque comprising six minarets which was the introduction of six minarets concept, one main dome and eight secondary domes and a courtyard which is the largest from all of the other mosques courtyards which was built in the Ottoman era. Other famous spots which are close to the mosque includes; tomb of Sultan Ahmed 1 and Sultan Ahmed Park.
Many of us may have seen a lot of palaces situated in different regions of the world but when we come to Istanbul and watch out the elegant Dolmabahçe Palace, then for a moment we forget every palace which we have seen before this. Either it is the interior of this palace or its exterior design, everything holds majestic beauty. The palace is located on the European shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul and it was the administrative center for the Ottoman Empire replacing Topkapi Palace from 1856 to 1922. The fascinating views around the palace, freshening atmosphere of Bosphorus with a master-piece architectural work and inside decorations with many other fascinating aspects are an example of its own which is difficult to define in words but the only way to absorb all these fantastic things is just to visit this palace, at least one time in your life.
Other popular and must-see architectural sights in Istanbul includes; Topkapi palace which is among the best palaces of the world (you can find details about this marvelous palace, its history and architecture in our recent article), Basilica Cistern, Süleymaniye Mosque and Galata Tower with much more awesome sites which you will never want to miss during your trip to Istanbul.