Sights of old Istanbul: the eighth wonder of the world and the mosque 10 thousand believers

Sights of old Istanbul: the eighth wonder of the world and the mosque 10 thousand believers

This is the legendary city of Turkey, which served as the capital of four empires.

Istanbul is one of the largest cities in the world. It is home to over 15 million people. The world’s only metropolis that is situated simultaneously on two continents — Europe and Asia.
The first mention of the city there were 8.5 thousand years ago. Istanbul had visited Constantinople, Byzantium, Constantinople, and the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires. The city is called the second Rome because it was built on 7 hills.

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Istanbul is a city of mosques. There are about 3 thousand. The main mosque of the city – Blue. And she has 6 minarets. This mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed the first. For a long time he could not get a single victory in battle . Thus, he decided to turn to Allah, to finally elicit a long-awaited fortune and win for their country.
It is called blue because of the abundance of blue pottery in the interior. Here 260 Windows of Venetian glass. The mosque can accommodate up to 10 thousand visitors. And the carpet it is so soft that believers fall asleep on it.
Opposite the Blue mosque, the magnificent Hagia Sophia. It is called the eighth wonder of the world.

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In the XIV century the Hagia Sophia was considered the most important Orthodox Church. After the Turks in the XV century, conquered Constantinople, the Cathedral was turned into a Muslim mosque. And at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Hagia Sophia started to be one of the most magnificent museums in the world.
Find out more in the story «Breakfast. My guide».

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