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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Exploring the World Series: Europe

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Europe 9: Turkey - Istanbul

Europe  9: Turkey - Istanbul

Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, stands on the shores of the Bosphorus. The city has been the capital of three empires: the Roman Empire in the 4th century; the Byzantine Empire in the 6th, and the Ottoman Empire in the 15th. And though it is Turkey's largest city, and a bustling metropolis, its old city hasn't changed much since the 6th century. Jake and Mieke deBoer guide us through the city, and to architectural masterpieces that testify to each of the periods in the city's history. Awe-inspiring is the famous Blue Mosque, built in 1611 per order of the Sultan Ahmet, it took only 7 years to build and is a classic example of Turkish mosque architecture. It is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Built in 537 AD by Constantine the Great, the Sophia Museum, an ancient basilica, is often called the "8th Wonder of the World." Built in 1478, the Topkapi Palace, the world's oldest, is now a museum and once was the residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Culturally, we get to view Mediterranean dances, including belly dancing; visit a Turkish bazaar and get a rare lesson on identifying and valuing Turkish carpets. 02/09DE IJSCA 15 min.

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