Come Visit The Historic Ottoman Empire By Andrew Sheffield

The Stari Most Bridge

Stari Most: One of the greatest places to truly see the unique architecture and culture of the Ottoman Empire is the Stari Most. Built in the 16th century, this great bridge connects the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You and your family will be amazed at the great Ottoman architecture demonstrated in both the bridge and the town. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the town was shared by Muslims, Jews, and Christians, and was a melting pot of Byzantine and Western European cultures. When you enter this town, you will truly be able to feel the combination and coexistence of many cultures, religions, and people.

Süleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque: During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the most common religion was Islam, despite their tolerance for most religions. Because of both this and his ego, the emperor at the time, Suleyman, ordered the construction of a large mosque in Istanbul. Today, this is one of the most revered places in Turkey. Its magnificent structure, originally designed by Mimar Sinan, stands towering above the rest of the city, at over 230 feet tall. When you come to visit this grand mosque, you will marvel at the beautiful architecture and 16th century interpretation of Islam.

The Çırağan Palace

The Çırağan Palace: Come visit the beautiful Çırağan Palace. Located on the shore of the Bosporus, it was once the center of Ottoman government. It, along with the other locations mentioned above, demonstrates some of the most beautiful and unique architecture in the world. The former palace housed both Sultan Abdülâziz and Sultan Murad V, as well as serving as the meeting place of parliament under Mehmet V Reşat. Now, it is a hotel where you can find a superb mix of not only cultures, but also modern and historical influences. When you visit Beşiktaş, be sure to come by the Çırağan Palace!


Pergamon: The ruins of one of the most important trading cities of the Ottoman Empire, Pergamon, lie in Turkey. Originally the capital of the Attalid dynasty, Pergamon passed through the control of the Romans and Byzantines before the Ottomans claimed it. As see one of the main cities between Europe and the Middle east, it was involved in it's fair share of trading, which influenced the early Ottoman Empire in many ways, especially economically. When you pass by Pergamon on your trip to Turkey, be sure to look at the historical ruins left by the Ottomans, and imagine what it was like living and trading as an early Ottoman.

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