HAGIA SOPHIA (AYASOFYA) : Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, HAGIA SOPHIA has been the largest cathedral in the World for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture; after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. The Conqueror and into a museum by Atatürk in 1935.
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya): It was firstly built in 347 AC by Konstatinus and rebuilt by Empire Justinanus after its destruction by a fire. It has been turned into a mosque after Turks invaded the city. Now it is used as a museum.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet): This mosqued is placed in the southeast of Sulthan Ahmed Square
CITY The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
DRIVE BY BUS TO GOLDEN HORN: As natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.
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Take the ferry to one of the Princes' Islands, Buyukada (Big Island) which is a quiet sea front town and summer holiday escape from the city. Leaving the Golden Horn by ferry, you will round Sarayburnu (Seraglio Point), the headland on which the domes and minarets of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque can be seen.