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Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet District The Sultan Ahmet District is the historical center of the city of Istanbul, named after Sultan Ahmet, who ordered the edification of the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Complex). The district holds various sites of touristic interest, such as:

  • Hagia Sophia – The ancient church lies in front of the Blue Mosque. It was known as the Great Church (Megale Ekklesia) when it was first erected, though since the 5th century, the name “Aya Sofia” has been used more frequently. It dates back to the 360 A.D.
  • Blue Mosque –located facing the Hagia Sophia Mosque. The Sultan Ahmad Complex, (also known as Blue Mosque) was designed by Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, and is one of Istanbul’s greatest complexes, dating back to 1616.
  • Atik Ali Pasa Complex – located on the Yeniçeriler Street in the Çemberlitas neighborhood of the district, it was built by the Grand Vizier that gave it its name, Bosnali Hadim Atik Ali Pasa, back in 1496.
  • Topkapi Palace – formerly known as “Saray-i Cedid-I Amire,” established its current title after the 19th century city wall’s gates. The Palace was completed in 1479, although many additions were made from then on.
  • Mosaic Museum
  • Ahrida Sinagogue
  • Atik Mustafapasa Camii
  • Aya Nikola Kilisesi
  • Ayadimitri Kilisesi (St. Demetrios Kanavis Ki)
  • Ayazma and the Church of St. Mary of Blachern
  • Binbirdirek Sarniçi
  • Bodrum Camii or the Myrelaion
  • Bucoleon Palace
  • Buhara Özbekler Tekkesi ve Mescidi
  • Caferaga Medresesi
  • Church of St. Theodore
  • Column of Constantine
  • Fener Rum Erkek Lisesi
  • Gül Camii
  • Kabasakal Medresi
  • Metochion of Mount Sinai
  • Museum of Calligraphy
  • Rüstem Pasa Külliyesi
  • St. Mary of the Mongols/Kanli Kilise
  • St. Stephen of the Bulgars (Bulgar Kilisesi)
  • Sultanamet Prison
  • Tekfur Sarayi (Byzantine Palace)
  • Vakiflar Hali Müzesi (Foundation Carpet Museum)
The district depicts old Istanbul and has been listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.


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