The ancient Roman Hippodrome of Constantinople stretches between two famous landmarks, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. A hippodrome is an arena for sporting and social events. This hippodrome was an upgrade of one built when the city was called Byzantium. A few centuries later, Roman Emperor Constantine made it the capital of the Roman Empire in the east, aka the Byzantine Empire, and the city’s name changed to Constantinople. A millennium or so later, the city’s name changed again.

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This gorgeous tile work is inside the Topkapi Palace, the residence and governing hub of the Ottoman Empire from the middle 15th century until the Empire’s demise in the early 19th century. The palace sprawls along the waterfront of a peninsula in the heart of the city once known as Constantinople.1924, Topkapi Palace became a museum open to the public and is among the most visited sites in our mystery country.


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Istanbul Not Constantinople


We really wish the Turkish Tourist Office would market their country more aggressively in the United States. It seems few Americans know what it has to offer.

Although it’s a Muslim country and mostly in Asia (a small part of the country is in Europe), modern Turkey really has much more in common with Europe than with its other neighbors. Continue reading