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Beautiful Palaces and Houses on the Bosphorus

In the past, I have mentioned the Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new houses along the Bosphorus. Well, here are some worth leaving palaces for.

For those who are geographically curious, the Bosphorus is a narrow, natural channel and an internationally significant waterway by Istanbul. Internationally significant because it forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia. 

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans for a period of nearly four centuries. What's magnificent about the palace isn't its architecture (though very ornate), It's the view from its grounds. So one snowy day I took a walk around. 

The Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new dwellings along the Bosphorus. More about that in a different post.  

Three Lives of Hagia Sophia

There are many important structures in Istanbul. But this one – commissioned by emperor Justinian, consecrated as a church in 537. Converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. And declared a museum by Atatürk in 1935. It surpasses the rest because of its architecture, history, religious importance and extraordinary beauty.