A magnificent example of a Byzantine Church survived through major earthquakes, fires, sieges since the 5th century. The Church, later converted to a mosque and to a museum, still houses some of the fines mosaics and frescoes.
The great entry way to the Constantinople, where the conquer, Fatih Sultan Mehmet, entered to the fallen City after six weeks of siege and continuous strikes.
The complexity of the walls, which were originally build during 5th century and rebuild many times throughout the centuries, was the strongest defense mechanism to protect the last remaining piece of Roman Empire.
Its construction originally started in the 5th century and its expansion had continued until it became the main imperial palace in 11th century. Today, only The Palace of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, Anemas Dungeons, and few substructures remain from the original palace overlooking the most outstanding view of Golden Horn, Istanbul.
Build in 1585, the mosque is a work of world renown Chief Ottoman Architect Mimar Sinan.
Another Byzantine church converted to a mosque after the invasion of Constantinople, the building standouts with 11th century architectural significance.
Another mosque crafted by chief Ottoman Architect Mimar Sinan in 1562, worth visiting for its marble interior decoration.
Also known as The Red Castle, the building designed by Ottoman Greek architect Dimadis and established in 1454 by Matheos Kamaryotis. The 15th century building is the most dominant structure in the region with its magnificent dome.
This church witnessed the last resentment of Constantinople against Ottoman invasion. Thus, it was named as the Bloody Church and it is the only Byzantine Church that has never been converted to a mosque.
Rebuild from its ashes over and over again, the church is still the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, recognized as the spiritual leader of the World’s Eastern Orthodox Christians. Even though, it is simple out side décor might be misleading at first sight, it is interior is breathtaking with some of the most unique icons, and the fifth century patriarchal throne.
Build during Byzantine period by Jewish Community migrated from Yanbol, Bulgaria, the synagogue is one of the two active synagogues in Balat.
Build by Jewish community from Macedonia, the synagogue has been active since 1404. The synagogues existence since Byzantine times is a proof that the area of Balat has been developed as a Jewish neighborhood before Ottoman Empire.
The church is most famous for being cast iron. It is one of the few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches.