Saving Savvy

The Home Of The Savvy Savers

Travel Savings

May 16, 2011

Istanbul: The Gateway To The East

More articles by »
Written by: admin

Istanbul, formerly known as both Byzantium and Constantinople, is the kind of city you can really lose yourself in. After all, it’s not just the largest city in Turkey; it’s the second-biggest city proper in the world with 13 million inhabitants, just behind Shanghai. With stunning architecture from different societies, races, creeds and religious backgrounds, it is a truly multicultural destination.

This is reflected by the fact that is the only metropolis on Earth that is situated on two continents, having districts in both Europe and Asia that are separated by the Bosporus, a strait of water that leads into the Black Sea. However, the architecture is the biggest giveaway as to the fantastically diverse stylings of the city.

The Süleymaniye Mosque is the second-largest mosque in the city, reflecting the country’s proud Islamic traditions. Built as an Ottoman imperial mosque, it is only behind the world-famous Blue Mosque in size. This unique mosque is known for its grandiose courtyard and six minarets that tower over the surrounding landscape. They form various parts of the Historic Areas of Istanbul, which fulfil four categories of the World Heritage Site criteria with UNESCO.

Roman architecture, which predates the mosques, is also found as part of this collection of places in Istanbul. The Valens Aqueduct, built in the fourth century AD, was the main source of clean water for the rapidly-growing Byzantium. Emperor Constantine was also behind the incredibly complex Walls of Constantinople, which would later be overcome by the Ottomans in the 1400s with the advent of gunpowder-based cannons. Even Greek architecture remains, such as the Maiden’s Tower, a lighthouse featured in James Bond film The World is Not Enough.

About the Author




Don’t let hearing problems hold you back

Tweet Hearing loss affects more people than you might think – charity group Action on Hearing Loss suggests that over ten million people in the UK suffer from some kind of hearing loss – representing around one in s...
by admin


Achieve your goals on a budget

Tweet The new year brings with it the hope – and pressure – of becoming a new you. You may want to better your style, your career and your life in general, but how do you go about it when money’s tight after t...
by admin


How to save using voucher codes

Tweet You may have heard of your friends and relatives boasting of huge savings on everyday items using sites such as Groupon, but for the uninitiated, just how do you sort out the great opportunities from the rest using vouche...
by admin



Choosing economy in your next car

Tweet What do you want from a car? In an ideal world, you might plump for one of James Bond’s many vehicles, complete with all the Q-branch gadgets you could ever want. But in reality, in the current climate you’re ...
by admin


Taking care of your pet in the winter

Tweet Many pets enjoy the snow, but some are not as well prepared for the colder weather as their big, thick coats would have you believe. If you own a cat or dog which enjoys the outdoors, rising vet and insurance costs mean t...
by admin


Dealing with hearing loss

Tweet Hearing loss affects more than ten million people in the UK, according to charity group Action on Hearing Loss, which is more than one in six of the population. By 2015, this figure is set to reach 14.5 million, it predic...
by admin



Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *