Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Turkey - Historic Areas of Istanbul
ISTANBUL - TURKEY
The Mosque of Soliman the Magnificent and the Golden Horn.
Sent by Elisabeth, a postcrosser from Turkey.
Istanbul bears unique testimony to the Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations. Throughout history, the monuments in the centre of the city have exerted considerable influence on the development of architecture, monumental arts and the organization of space, in both Europe and Asia. Thus, the 6,650 m terrestrial wall of Theodosius II with its second line of defences, created in AD 447, was one of the leading references for military architecture even before St Sophia became a model for an entire family of churches and later mosques and before the mosaics of the palaces and churches of Constantinople influenced Eastern and Western Christian art.