Getting To Know The Religious Side Of Istanbul-3u8547

Travel-and-Leisure As the largest city in Turkey and the major meeting point between East and West, Istanbul is a city that is entirely enchanting. When you are planning on heading to the city for a break, you’re in luck as it is home to some of the worlds best hotels. Istanbul has a history that dates back to its founding as Byzantium around 660 B.C. and has been known by different names since – including Constantinople. With such a wealth of history, combined with its location at the centre of two different worlds, it is no wonder that some of the best hotels Istanbul has to offer mimic this influence. As you travel around the city, one of the most interesting aspects that is imbued right into the foundations is the religious one. Over the centuries, it has been a major centre for the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Christianity Christianity has a deep rooting in Turkey and you can learn more about the influence it had on the country while staying in the best hotels Istanbul offers. Turkey was part of the heart of the Christian empire in the days before Christ. Several saints were born here and the letters of the Revelations of John were sent to the seven churches of Asia, within its borders. Within the city itself you should take the time to visit the churches of Christianity and see how they have adopted some of the Islamic influences. The largest church is the Neo-Classical Italianate St. Antony Church, located on Istiklal Street. While St Anthonys Catholic church is the largest, the most interesting one is arguably the Bulgarian Church; it sits on the Golden Horn and is an interesting pre-fabricated building that blends Neo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic styles. One of the most important churches in the whole city is the Hagia Sophia, which was built as a Christian church in 360 A.D. and was later turned into a mosque. It is now a museum and one of the city’s most recognised landmarks. Judaism The Jewish community in Istanbul has been in place for hundreds of years and some of the most important advancements have been linked to this devout community. Today, just outside some of the best hotels, Istanbul will open up and reveal the modern Jewish community – with 20 active synagogues. Be sure to visit the fortress-like Neve Shalom Synagogue in the Galata district to see the most prominent and important synagogue in the city; you’ll learn the history of its attack by terrorists three times since it was built in 1951 – but it still goes on strongly. Islam Up to 98 percent of Istanbul is considered Islamic, and the architecture and history of the city echoes this around all the best hotels. Istanbul has no dearth of mosques, but some of the most famous ones that you should seek out, and be respectful in entering, are the Blue Mosque, which was built from 1609, and the Suleymaniye Mosque, which is built in the centre of the Old City. The Suleymaniye Mosque was built between 1550 and 1557 and is still one of the most impressive works of architecture in a city imbued with them. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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