The Center Stage

Hippodrome – Sultanahmet Square Famous for holding chariot races, plays and wild animal fights, the Byzantine Hippodrome was ordered to be built by Septimius Severus in 203 A.D., and was completed during the reign of Constantine the Great in 337. With a seating capacity of 30.000, the hippodrome was modeled after Circus Maximus in Rome….

From Military to Education

Istanbul University Today’s Defence Ministry was known as Harbiye Nezareti in the late Ottoman era and before the Nezaret, this responsibility fell on Serasker. The building that was once used by Harbiye Nezareti is now employed to be used by the Rector’s office. With the declaration of the Republic, the ministry moved to the new capital Ankara, and the building was passed on to Darulfunun which…

Blue Mosque with Six Minarets

Sultan Ahmet Mosque – Fatih   Following Sultan Ahmet I’s order, Sultan Ahmet Mosque was built by architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, pupil of famous Architect Sinan.  The land that the mosque stands on today was expropriated through paying large sums to Pashas whose villas stood on the way.      The sixth ‘selatin’ mosque of…

From Port to Emperor’s Palace

Dolmabahce Palace – Besiktas Where Dolmabahce Palace stands today was once a port that later turned into a swamp and then filled in  the 17th century. The palace was ordered to be built by Sultan Abdulmecit, its architects were Garabet and Nigogos Balyan, and the construction started in 1843 and ended in 1856. The palace…