Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul
Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul – St. George’s Cathedral – Patriarch of Constantinople
History of Eastern Orthodoxy in Constantinople
The Apostles of Jesus Christ continued spreading the teachings of Christianity after his death and they aimed to spread it also on the Mediterranean coast that was the center of the world in the Ancient Age.
St. Peter and St. Paul traveled as far as to Rome, which was the most important city in the Ancient Age. Furthermore, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus and Byzantium were also among the important centers of Christianity.
Christians who lived under the Roman Empire were persecuted for 300 years due to their beliefs. Therefore, they built churches and monasteries inside deep valleys or on steep rocks as we see in the examples at Cappadocia and they continued following their religion despite tough measures and pressure from the Roman Empire. Read More
Tale Of Three Cities: History of Istanbul
History Of Istanbul, Byzantium, Constantinople Facts – A Short And Brief Story Of 3 Cities
The city of Istanbul has had three different names throughout history. In the past, it was known as Byzantium as a Greek colony and Constantinople as a Roman city.
Since the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the city has been called Istanbul. Ottomans continued using “Konstantiniyye“, Turkish version for Constantinople, for years. Read More
Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Constantinople
Byzantine Empire History, Culture, Art, Religion, Facts, Summary, Brief Story
Why Constantine Chose Byzantium As The New Capital?
The city of Rome, lost its popularity by the beginning of 4th Century due to Barbarian attacks. Emperor Constantine decided to move the capital of Roman Empire to the East. He had surprisingly chosen a small Greek city-state: Byzantium. Following this move, the city is named as Constantinople and became the prominent city of Medieval Ages.
Why Was Constantinople Created To Be New Capital of Roman Empire?
Emperor Constantine‘s decision was based on economic and political reasons. Istanbul‘s geographical position had made it almost impossible for Barbarians to attack. It was very near to trade routes and the rich Eastern Provinces. Therefore it was providing considerable benefits. Read More
Istanbul Tram T1 Line Stations 2018
Istanbul Tram T1 Map, Stations, Tickets, Timetable, How To Use Istanbul Tramway
Istanbul Tram is a very practical vehicle to get around Istanbul’s most popular neighborhoods. T1 line is very budget-friendly route that covers majority of must-see tourist attractions.
How To Use Istanbul Tram T1 Line
Tram starts from Bağcılar (Bagcilar) passes through Beyazıt Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, Eminönü Spice Bazaar -Over Golden Horn Galata Bridge- Karaköy (Galata Tower) and finally arrives to Kabataş destination. Read More
A Brief Information About Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace Entrance Fee
First of all, Topkapi Palace is very important due to its location. Because Topkapi Palace area is considered as the first settlement in Istanbul. Officially Istanbul is established by a legenrady man called Byzas. The Ancient Greek Acropolis had been placed at this promontory. Read More
A Brief Information About Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Entrace Fee
Hagia Sophia have been in the heart of Istanbul Old City for 1500 years. This marvel of ancient architecture, considered as one of the most important historic sight in the world. Used as the major temple of the city by Byzantine Empire (as a Church), and Ottoman Empire (as a Mosque) for hundreds of years. Read More
A Brief History Of Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace Entrance Fee
Dolmabahçe Palace is located at one of the most beautiful spot of Istanbul’s Bosphorus. The Palace’s location is designed to enjoy the splendid view of Istanbul‘s lovely Bosphorus shores. Dolmabahce Palace is considered as one of the most elegant structure of Ottoman Empire‘s last century. The architecture of the building blends the Turkish architecture with European Neo-Classic and Baroque features. Read More
Istanbul Travel Blog 2018
Istanbul Travel Blog, Trip Planner – Useful Articles for your Istanbul Visit
Hello explorer of Istanbul! If you are planning a visit to Istanbul for the next year, these updated articles might help you. You may find some links to nice articles related to Istanbul and Turkey tourism, accommodation, transportation, things to do and museums to visit. I hope you find them useful. Read More
Istanbul Museum Opening Hours, Working Days and Admission Fees 2018
Istanbul Museum Opening Hours, Days, Admissions
Schedules and admission fees of Istanbul Museums updated every year. You may find the up-to-date opening and closing hours, working days and admission fees of Istanbul’s most popular museums in this blog post. Read More
I Have 3 Days In Istanbul – Recommended Itinerary – Best Things To Do
I Have 3 Days In Istanbul What To Do – List of Must-See Places – Recommended 3 Days Itinerary
If you would like to see everything about Istanbul, you could even stay in the city for a week. However time is so precious for travelers and staying 3 days in Istanbul recommended to see the major sights. Here is a list of places to see during your 3 days in Istanbul. Read More