If you want to explore history and culture, Istanbul is one of the best places to visit. It takes these many different factors and blends them into a single mixture of an exciting city that offers so much to people from around the globe. Even though it is a modern city today, it was originally founded during Neolithic times. These are some of the best tourist attractions that you are going to find in all of Istanbul.
The Hagia Sophia
Over the centuries, this has been a house of worship for several religions. When it was first built in 537, it was home to Constantinople’s Patriarch and functioned as a Greek Eastern Orthodox basilica. It was a Roman Catholic Church for almost 600 years during the 12th century, and in 1453, it became a mosque. It remained a mosque until 1931, when the Hagia Sophia was closed for religious purposes. It was reopened in 1935 as a museum. With its mosaics that depict various religious scenes, it is a truly beautiful example of Byzantine architecture.
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque remains an active house of worship today, but it was built in the early 17th century. If you are planning a visit here, it is important to plan your visit, because the mosque is closed to tourists and sightseers during the five daily prayer times. Women have to cover their hair upon visiting and all guests must remove their shoes. However, it is a small price to pay for the amazing beauty inside. There are more than 200 stained glass windows and 20,000 ceramic tiles in various tulip designs.