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Pertevnyal Valide Sultan Camii is one of my personal favourites in Istanbul. I love it. It lies in Aksaray, at an extremely busy intersection where Ordu Caddesi meets Atatürk Bulvarı. The mosque is not as big as other mosques in Istanbul. It was renovated a...More
This smaller sized mosque (compared to the major ones in Istanbul) is a display of more sophisticated architecture, especially the exterior walls, with incredible love for details. The interior is typical for ottoman architecture.
This is one of the last Ottoman mosques, designed by an Armenian architect. It looks almost completely different from the outside, in fact I thought this might be a converted church. The influences are more gothic but it has a charm. Inside is cosy and...More
This mosque was built by the Armenian architects Hagop and sarkis Balyan, and combines elements of Turkish, Moorish, Baroque, neo-Gothic, Empire and neo-Renaissance styles. It is quite an accomplishment!
It was our second attemp to visit this mosque but it has been under renovation the two previous years. This year we were wandering from Ordu Cadessi and found out that is was opened to public again. From the outside you can notice it is...More
The Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque,also known as Aksaray Valide Mosque is an Ottoman Imperial Mosque in Aksaray district of İstanbul.We have tried today to visit this huge Mosque but due to an important renovation work,major part of the Mosque is closed to the public.
Date of experience: August 2014
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.