January 26, 2014

Submerse Yourself in History with Every Turn in Istanbul

Just as the city belongs equally to the West and to the East, to Islam and to Christianity, the great mosques that loom up before you embody its duality: Hagia Sophia once a great Christian Church, built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian; the Blue Mosque, the very quintessence of Islamic architecture, directly inspired by Hagia Sophia.

Istanbul never forgets that it was once Constantinople.

I have come to this extraordinary city to stay at the Çiragan Palace Hotel, which looks out over all of this with panoramic breadth. 


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