Reading room

Sultan Ahmed III library, Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey. The Neo-classical Enderûn Library (built in 1718), also known as Library of Sultan Ahmed III, is situated directly behind the Audience Chamber (Arz Odası) in the centre of the Third Court of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.…

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman […]

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayi – "Sunken Palace", or Yerebatan Sarnici – "Sunken Cistern"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The cistern, located 150m southwest of the Hagia Sophia, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. I’ve […]