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Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula, adorned with a vast number of museums and historical monuments, is the first destination for thousands of foreign and Turkish tourists. Indeed, it wouldn’t be incorrect to describe this peninsula as a summary of Istanbul’s history over thousands of years.
According to the legend, the Delphic Oracle first instructed the Megarions to establish a city here... During the Byzantine Empire, Constantine chose this very spot as his capital, and it was here that the keys to the city were given to Mehmed the Conquerer... Every emperor and every king cherished dreams of this place... Welcome, then, to one of the most important witnesses of world history, the Historical Peninsula.
Without a doubt, the first destination of all visitors to Istanbul, both Turkish and foreign, is the Historical Peninsula. Upon stepping onto this peninsula, one can gaze directly at some of the world’s most important historical monuments. Among these historical treasures are Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Yerebatan Cistern, the Archeology Museum, Topkapý Palace, and the Süleymaniye Mosque.
You will also come face to face with the centuries old churches, mosques, and houses along the Golden Horn

more info: http://english.istanbul.com/Content.aspx?CatId=260

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