Historical sights-Must see
As Turkey has a history that goes back to Byzantine time, the sightseeing is endless. Each site has its own beauty to offer but there are several places not to be missed. The great orthodox church turned mosque Hagia Sophia is one of the most prominent monuments in the world in terms of history and architecture and is one of the oldest cathedrals in the world. Right across the square from it you will find one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Mosque. A walk through is highly recommended to see the hand painted tiles from the 17th century covering the walls and ceiling. Also nearby you will find the mysterious Basilica Cistern . “The sunken palace” as called in Turkish was used to store water since the 6th century In a different area of Istanbul, visit Chora Museum with amazing fresco and mosaic art still in near perfect form (highly recommended). On a sunny day you can see a modern and beautiful part of Istanbul while visiting Rumeli Hisari or Rumeli Castle. The view from the top of the outdoor castle walls is incomparable while gazing at sea from an ancient look out point. Lastly, for those who enjoy a morning run or walk visit Barbera Hotel’s beautiful neighboring park, Gülhane Park .