Business Trip to Turkey in May 2008
Sultan Ahmet Mosque
The world famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the national mosque of Turkey, and is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1453 to 1923. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I.
Hagia Sophia Museum
The Hagia Sophia was the largest cathedral ever built in the world for nearly a thousand years. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and SultanMehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. Today the Hagia Sophia is a museum.
Eminönü area is located at the Bosphorus River and is a busy district of Istanbul city which was the heart of the walled city of Constantine. Eminönü covers the point on which the Byzantine capital was built. Up on the hill stands Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Bosphorus River Cruise
One of the best and inexpensive ways to explore the Bosporus river on a warm sunny day is offered by the public ferries that traverse the river from Eminönü on the historic peninsula of Istanbul up to the Black Sea, zigzagging between the European and Asian sides of the city.