Tag: Ottoman

  • The Blue Mosque

    The Blue Mosque

    The Blue Mosque, known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque (or “camii”) in Turkish, is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. Commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I and completed in 1616, this masterpiece stands as a testament to Ottoman craftsmanship and artistic finesse. The mosque’s architect was Sedefkar Mehmed Agha, who based it on an earlier design…

  • Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower has been one of the landmarks of Istanbul for centuries. Built in the 14th century by Genoese merchants to replace an older Byzantine tower, the tower is around 67 meters tall and has a diameter of 16.5 meters. Galata Tower was originally named “Christea Turris” or Tower of Christ. During the 18th century…

  • Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Located on the historic peninsula in the Sultanahmet region, Hagia Sophia is one of the oldest and most important landmarks of Istanbul. Originally built in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox cathedral of the Byzantine Empire, the building was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman years and later into a museum in modern…