Architecture in Istanbul

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The city where the history, art and culture of the east meets that of the west. With both the detailed complexity of fractal geometries, traditional in Islamic art, and the influence of Roman classicism, it is a city where architectural style has fused to create a varied and fascinating architecture.

The religious influences of both Christianity and Islam are significant.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern

This remnant of the Roman Empire is the largest ancient cistern beneath the city of Istanbul and an extraordinary demonstration of the might of the Roman Empire and sophistication of Roman infrastructure.For those interested in media, the cistern featured in the James Bond film, From Russia With Love, and in the video game Assassins Creed: Revelations.

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Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia at night

This ancient monument is historically one of the most important centres for religion and culture in the region. The Hagia Sophia is also one of the finest surviving examples in the world of Byzantium architecture.It was also the first imperial mosque of Istanbul.

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Şakirin Mosque

Courtyard of the Sakarin Mosque

This is an outstanding contemporary mosque in a unique location where the cultures and architectures of east and west meet.It is thought to be the only mosque in the world to have been designed by a female architect.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque at night

Built to rival the impressive Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is not only of a remarkable scale, but also beautifully intricate in its detail both internally and externally. The mosque also features six minarets, something quite unique in traditional mosque architecture, and is one of the most significant mosques of the classical period of Ottoman architecture.Pope Benedict XVI visited the mosque in 2006 – only the second papal visit to a Muslim place of worship.

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Visit because

The city where the history, art and culture of the east meets that of the west. With both the detailed complexity of fractal geometries, traditional in Islamic art, and the influence of Roman classicism, it is a city where architectural style has fused to create a varied and fascinating architecture.

The religious influences of both Christianity and Islam are significant.