In the footsteps of the “Magnificent Century”: what you should definitely see in Istanbul
After the cult series was released, many rushed to buy tickets for the next flights to Turkey to follow the footsteps of Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska and see with their own eyes the places where the action took place and serious passions boiled. Together with the experts of the international tourist meta-search momondo.ru, we decided to introduce you to the main attractions associated with the series, and immerse you in the era of the “Magnificent Century”.
The Turkish series “The Magnificent Century” captivated the audience with its exciting plot, the story of passionate love of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his concubine Roksolana and stunning oriental flavor. Although the series takes place in the 16th century, epic fans can easily plunge into its atmosphere – just take a plane ticket to Istanbul. For example, according to the tourist meta-search momondo.ru, a direct flight to the largest city of Turkey from Moscow and back in May costs from 9.5 thousand rubles, and a double room in a 4-star hotel starts from 999 rubles per night. Where to go in Istanbul in the wake of the heroes of the series?
The series takes place in the main palace of Istanbul – Topkapi. Today it is a museum, which, after the release of the melodrama, has become even more popular with tourists: many souvenirs with its symbols are sold inside and at the entrance: jewelry “a la Roksolan”, bags, notebooks, dishes with the image of heroes and historical books about the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent. The shooting itself, however, was not held here – for them special pavilions were built that imitated the palace. However, fans of the series will see familiar interiors in the museum, including the chambers of the Sultan and the famous harem, where intrigues were laced and seething passions. The rooms and corridors of the palace are replete with oriental luxury and motleyness, and the internal park offers stunning views of the Bosphorus.
This mosque is the largest in size and second largest in Istanbul, it is here that the tombs of Suleiman the Magnificent and Roksolana (in Turkish, her name Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska) are located. The mosque was built by order of Suleiman himself. Four high minarets symbolize that the Sultan is the fourth padish of Istanbul, and 10 balconies mark its tenth place in the Ottoman dynasty. The building is really impressive: in addition to the cathedral, the complex includes baths, libraries, madrassas (Islamic schools), kitchens and even an observatory. Light enters the mosque through 136 stained glass windows, highlighting the graceful tiles on the ceiling. No less luxurious are the tombs of Suleiman and Roksolana, decorated with multi-colored marble.
Ibrahim Pasha Palace
The next point on the map of Istanbul from the series is the palace of Ibrahim Pasha. Sultan Suleiman presented the grand building to his closest friend and ally in appreciation, which, as you know, later gave way to disfavor. It was here that the wedding of Ibrahim Pasha and the favorite sister of the Sultan Suleiman – Hatice Sultan. Now the palace has been turned into a Museum of Turkish and Islamic art: halls with expositions of carpets, ceramics and masterpieces of calligraphy allow you to learn the history of Istanbul of the 16th century. Here you can see copies of the Sultan decrees and even a collection of poems by Suleiman the Magnificent, because he was not only a powerful ruler, but also a poet.
Where else can you fully experience the oriental flavor, if not in the market? Especially when it is the Grand – that is, the Big – Bazaar in Istanbul, which covers an area of 45 thousand square meters. m. To such a size, the market has grown in 5 centuries: it began to be built in the middle of the 15th century, immediately after the conquest of Istanbul (then Constantinople) by the Turks. Until the 19th century, the bazaar was the main place of the slave trade, which means that slaves were brought here for the harems of the Sultans. Today, here you can buy anything you want, as well as try authentic Turkish dishes that were on the tables of the heroes of history. For example, the famous desserts such as Turkish delight, sorbet, halva and baklava are served here with tea in traditional pear-shaped glasses – armids.
Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) is perhaps the most famous landmark of Istanbul. It reflected the complex history of the city, once the capital of Byzantium, then the Ottoman Empire, and now becoming the hallmark of Turkey. Built as an Orthodox church, the cathedral in the 15th century was turned into a mosque, and in 1935 – into a museum. It was Hagia Sophia that became the prototype for the Suleymaniye Mosque: Suleiman the Magnificent ordered the architect to build a similar, but even more impressive building. The cathedral is called the eighth wonder of the world – it would have been, because it was erected almost 1.5 thousand years ago and impresses with its size and luxurious decoration. The complicated history of the mosque-temple gives it a special flavor: inside you can see frescoes depicting Christian saints, and quotes from the Koran.
In addition to these five places, the route based on the series should include walking along the streets of the Old City, the seaside boulevard and a 1.5-hour boat trip along the Bosphorus – the ancient palaces, mosques and towers of Istanbul are especially beautiful from the water.