Mosques and Churches in Istanbul

Next in the Istanbul travel arrangement comes the mosques. These are beautiful creations commissioned by the rulers of Istanbul to give a glimpse of their own power and glorious reign. The Blue Mosque built by Sultan Ahmet is the largest mosque in Istanbul. Its specialty lies in its Iznik tile interior.

The Ahi Çelebi Mosque holds an important place in the Istanbul myth for being the mosque where Evliya Çelebi had his famous dream.

The Aya Sofya (known as Haghia Sofia in Greek and also called the Church of the Divine Wisdom) was regarded as the greatest church in the entire Christian kingdom until the fall of Constantinople after which it was used as a mosque. Since the foundation of Turkish Republic, modern day Turkey, Hagia Sophia is being used as a museum.

The Anglikan/Crimean Church in Beyoglu, which was built in the memory of English soldiers who fought the Crimean War, is another attraction. The church was closed in 1971 due to its declining parishioners but was re-opened in 1991.