Symposium City – Istanbul
Istanbul: The Bridge between Asia and Europe
“General Information about Istanbul”
Istanbul is a city of unparalleled historical and cultural richness that is as fascinating and historical as it is dynamic and modern. Serving as the capital of three mighty empires and set squarely between two continents, Istanbul has cultures and traditions that blend East with West and Mediterranean with Anatolian. Each civilization that has made its home in Istanbul has left its mark in some way, and the result we see today is a city that could only have come about after thousands of years of diverse cultures each adding a little something.
With one foot in Europe and another in Asia, and a vibrant atmosphere rooted in history while facing toward the future, Istanbul is truly as much a crossroads of ideas and cultures today as ever.
Come see it for yourself! Add your footsteps to those of the millions who have walked along the Bosphorus for millennia and sampled all that Istanbul has to offer.
The average temperature in Istanbul in September is 21C, with highs of 25C. … It’s still quite warm and pleasant in Istanbul at this time, if temperatures aren’t quite as scorching as in preceding months, like August and July. Sunshine Hours. With high temperatures, expect long hours of sunshine.
Hagia (St.) Sophia: This magnificient architecture was built by Constantine the great and considered as the masterpiece of Byzantine art. Its first construction dates back to the end of the 4th century. Considered as “The Eight Wonder of the World”, this brilliant historical site is a must see in Istanbul.
Topkapi Palace: Another must see in Istanbul. This palace was the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans and it is the most extensive and fascinating monument of Turkish civil architecture in existence. It also houses extraordinary collections of porcelain, armour, fabrics, jewelery, miniatures, calligraphy and many other precious objects that once belonged to the sultans and their court.
Blue Mosque: Facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. It is almost the symbol of Istanbul. The blue and white of more than 20.000 İznik tiles are in a perfect harmony with golden manuscripts of Koran and the red of the carpets.
Hippodrome: “Hippodrome” was constructed with the order of the Roman Emperor Septimus and then reconstructed as the hippodrome during the reign of Constantine the Great. The center of social life for Byzantium and Ottoman Empire could host 100,000 spectators. It was the scene of countless political and military events during the long life of this city. The Eygptian Obelisk is one of the three monuments decorating the
Hippodrome. This 3500-year-old monument was brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.
Underground Basillica Cistern: It is one the most breathtaking historical sites in Istanbul. Here one discovers the grandiose nature of the past while touring through Istanbul’s largest and most magnificient underground Cistern. It was built by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century to supply water to the near by palace complex. The cistern has 336 decorated columns. Two spectacular Medusa head carvings were discovered during the restoration works.