Istanbul in 20 pictures: A world center of great value in the past as well as in the present - Mohamed Hakem's Photography


Istanbul: A world center of great value in the past as well as in the present

Coming from a country like Egypt made me think that I will never be amazed by the culture of any other country in the world. In a city like Cairo we have The Giza pyramids , we have monuments as all other museums in the world combined, we have Greek, Roman, Christian, Jewish and much much more monuments that no one could ever count. But when I traveled to Turkey I have to admit I was really impressed. The City has culture, amazing culture. Not to the extent of Egypt as it will be unfair to compare but still a very cultured country specially Istanbul.


Istanbul embraces Asia on the one hand and Europe on the other. Founded on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history. For nearly sixteen centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the last caliphate.


Dolmabahçe Palace
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