Exploring The Unique Unesco Heritage Of Istanbul-aquaria

Travel-and-Leisure Istanbul is one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world. It is the only place where you can stay at some of the best hotels Istanbul has to offer and spend the morning in Europe and have lunch in Asia. It is this combination of East and West that has drawn people to the area for many centuries. Today, when you step outside the best hotels, Istanbul opens up to you as a cosmopolitan city with a fast growing economy, and education, business, media and artistic cultures that can absorb you and keep you exploring for weeks. While you are in the city, one of the places that you must spend time exploring is the area around the main UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the Golden Horn. Here, several buildings and ancient ruins stand testament to the passing of empires and the importance of this great city. Religious sites In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Golden Horn, the city offers up the stunning and beautiful architectural gem of the Hagia Sophia. Dedicated in 360 A.D., the Hagia Sophia remained an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral until 1453. From that date, it was converted into an Islamic Mosque and the religious artworks were covered over until it was transformed again into a museum in 1935. Considered to be one of the most interesting mosques in the city, nearby the Hagia Sophia is the Blue Mosque, with its six minarets. The Blue Mosque was built at the beginning of the1600s and is unique in its combination of Byzantine and Ottoman elements. From the Blue Mosque, before you return to your room in one of the best hotels Istanbul has to offer, take time to explore the Fatih Mosque, or Conquerors Mosque. Begun in 1463, the Fatih Mosque is renowned for its decorative expertise and was the first monumental project in the Ottoman architectural tradition. Ruins One of the first things you will be able to see when you are standing near the mosques of the Golden Horn is the area where once the Hippodrome of Constantinople stood. Walking out of one of the best hotels, Istanbuls history opens up to you. Located in the Sultanahmet Meydan, or Sultan Ahmet Square, the Hippodrome was once the heart of the city and dates back to the Byzantine era. Today, the course of the old racetrack is paved over but there are surviving monuments, such as the middle barrier of the racecourse, the two obelisks and the Serpentine Column, which can still be seen. A bit further away, in the Fatih Quarter, the Valens Aqueduct rises up as a monument to the ingenuity of Emperor Valens in the late 4th century. The aqueduct stretches for 971 metres long and 29 metres high and is straight except for in the Fatih area. In the past, the water came in from the northeast and northwest and joined outside the Adrianople Gate, where it went on to disperse water to the area. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: