The head of the Istanbul organization of the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) Aziz BabuÅÃ§u spoke to NTV on Nov. 14, saying the project concerning making Istanbul a finance center was proceeding.
The Hagia Sophia, the walls of Constantinople and a few churches are still with us, while much else remains buried under accumulated building of centuries. Yet we have one institution today whose roots extend back even to the time of New Rome: The Greek Orthodox Church âThe spider serves as gatekeeper in the halls of Chosroes.
The owl calls the watches in the palace of Afrasyab.â
A cistern-like Byzantine-era structure has been unearthed during renovation of an underpass in Istanbulâs BeyazÄ±t neighborhood. The construction company had tried to cover up the entrance to the structure to continue its work, but thanks to the keen eyes of a local citizen it has been rescued from being buried underground, according to daily HÃ¼rriyet.
The Culture Ministry has announced that a total of 20,269,000 people visited Turkish museums and historic sites in the first eight months of 2014. The total number throughout the whole of 2013 was 29,481,000. Here is the list of the top 10 most visited museums in Turkey, according to the latest figures:
1) TopkapÄ± Palace, Istanbul: 3,760,548 visitors