The history of Soğukçeşme Street stretches back to the 8th century. It eventually received its name from a fountain that was built in the year 1800. It includes a cistern dating from the Roman Empire, water depots, and antique Istanbul houses, existing in unique harmony with the historical character of its vicinity.
The museum was founded by painter and archeologist Osman Hamdi on June 13, 1891. It was called at that time the Imperial Museum. Two side wings were added in 1902 and 1908, and on its centenary in 1991 the museum was enlarged with a new section and reorganized. The architect of the monumental building was the famous Valaury.
This is the first building to the left at the entrance of the Archeological Museum. Originally a school building, it was converted into a museum in 1917, and then modernized between 1963-1973. The artifacts brought here from Egypt and the Middle Eastern countries that were under Ottoman rule prior to World War I, and relics from ancient Anatolian civilizations comprise a unique and beautiful collection
The Great Palace complex of Roman and early Byzantine era spread from Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome down to the sea front, over a large area.
Scattered remains of the Palace complex have been known for same time, but recently a large building was found at the east end of Hagia Sophia by the Archeological Museums Directorate of Istanbul.
The Divan Yolu, also the old Road to Rome, is the main street through Old Istanbul. It travels from the Sultanahmet, past Constantine's burnt column, to the Grand Bazaar. It ends at Beyazit Square, home of Beyazit Mosque and the university. Along the way, you pass a mosque with a tiny cemetary, an artist's collective, and the delightful tourist restaurants,bars and handcraft shops.
Kapalıçarşı is a great bazaar in Nuri Osmaniye and Beyazid Mosques and Mahmutpaşa Bazaar, made up of streets of various shops sheltered by roofs and domes. Though not very regularly shaped, it holds and area of about 31 thousand square meters.
"The best rugs and kilims - carpets woven without pile - are found outside the bazaar, on Nuruosmaniye Street. The smaller shops offer better prices than the big shops but watch out for the quality of the goods. There's no standard price, but an old kilim can cost anything from $100 to $2,000 while new kilims can range from $30 to $400." By MARVINE HOWE; MARVINE HOWE IS THE ATHENS BUREAU CHIEF OF THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Sirkeci Terminal is a terminus main station of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in Sirkeci( Eminonudistrict), on the European side of Istanbul. International, domestic and regional trains running westwards depart from this station which was inaugurated as the terminus of the Orient Express.
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