Topkapı Palace is the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day. In 1924 it was turned into a museum at Ataturk’s request. Situated on the acropolis, the site of the first settlement in Istanbul, it commands an impressive view of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara.
This imperial mosque is an unparalleled example of classical Ottoman architecture, and it is the only mosque built with six minarets. Although it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, its real name is Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Befitting his original profession, the architect Mehmet Aga decorated the interior fastidiously like a jeweller.
The Hippodrome of Constantinople (Turkish: SultanahmetMeydani, At Meydani) was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named SultanahmetMeydani (Sultan Ahmet Square) in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with only a few fragments of the original structure surviving.