In many Istanbul city guides describing its attractions, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire is called the “city of mosques”. And indeed it is. According to rough estimates in Istanbul, about 2.5 thousand mosquesand, almost all of them are operational. Muslims are very kind to their temples and even the most ancient of them are cherished with all their might. Evidence of this is a huge number of temple complexes, whose age totals ten or more centuries.
Many mosques were erected on the site of old, completely or dilapidated temples. The rest were actively erected during the heyday of the Ottoman Empire. Each sultan, who ruled the state and lived according to tradition in this city, considered it his holy duty to build at least a couple of mosques in Istanbul. Often temples were built not only for the sultans and in their honor, but also for their wives and numerous heirs. Many mosques even bear the names of all these relatives. Almost every mosque is a real work of art, the structure is amazing and oriental luxurious. Thanks to all these traditions, Istanbul is now one of the most beautiful cities in the world.