Istanbul: A combination of modern and tradition in Turkey

Istanbul Capital with the population of 12.8 million people is the largest city in Turkey. The capital is also the cultural, economic and financial centre of Turkey. Declared in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, Istanbul was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. An interesting feature is that Istanbul is the only city to be situated on two continents. Therefore, it is described to own mysterious beauty of ancient Ottoman Empire and has been innovated in architecture for the time being.


Sakirin Mosque, built by the Semiha Şakir Foundation in memory of İbrahim Şakir and Semiha Şakir, is located at one of the entrances to Karacaahmet Cemetery. It is the most modern mosque in Turkey. Husrev Tayla was in charge of the mosque’s architecture. Its interior designer is Zeynep Fadıllıoglu, a great-niece of Semiha Sakir.


Sakirin Mosque is the first cathedral designed by female architect Zeynep Fadillioglu


Zeynep Fadillioglu, the designer of Sakirin Mosque


Cıragan Palace is now a five-star hotel of the Kempinski Hotels chain


Topkapı Palace was the official residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years from 1465 to 1856. The palace is a considerable tourist attraction among a variety of monuments and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.


Photographer Stefan Ruiz had to persuade the authority to capture the palace above


A panorama of Imperial Mosque and Bosporus Bridge


Kanyon Shopping Mall is a multi-purpose complex comprising a shopping mall, a 30-floor office tower and a 22-floor residential block. Besides that, it includes180 residential flats, 160 stores, 9 theater halls and a parking facility.


Kanyon Shopping Mall is a modern building in Istanbul


Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is commonly called Blue Mosque. Built between 1609 and 1616, the mosque consists of a tomb, an educational institution and a hospice. Sultan Ahmed Mosque is considered as a popular tourist attraction.


Sultan Ahmed Mosque is regarded to be the most famous destination in Istabul


The yard behind Sultan Ahmed Mosque


Hagia Sophia Church has been served as a museum since February 1935



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