of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of "Old
City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
St. Sophia, One of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed
as a basilica in the 6th. century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque,
Facing St. Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with
6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, Center of
sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities
of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk Of Theodosius, and
German Fountain of Wilhelm II. are the monuments decorating
Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center
and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops
selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.