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After the cult series was released, many immediately rushed to buy tickets for the next flights to Turkey to follow in the footsteps of Hürrem and see with their own eyes the places where the action of the picture unfolded and serious passions were boiling. Together with experts of the international tourist meta-search momondo.ru we decided to introduce you to the main attractions associated with the series, and immerse you in the era of the “Magnificent century”.
Turkish TV series “Magnificent century” conquered the audience with its exciting story, a story of passionate love of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his concubine Roxolana and stunning Oriental flavor. Although the series takes place in the 16th century, fans of the epic can easily plunge into its atmosphere — just take a plane ticket to Istanbul. For example, according to the tourist meta-search momondo.ru, direct flight to the largest city in Turkey from Moscow and back in may costs from 9,5 thousand rubles, and a double room in a 4 star hotel — from 999 rubles per night. Where to go in Istanbul in the footsteps of the heroes of the series?

Topkapi Palace
The series takes place in the main Palace of Istanbul — Topkapi. Today it is a Museum, which after the release of melodrama became even more popular among tourists: inside and at the entrance sold many Souvenirs with its symbols: jewelry “a La Roksolana”, bags, notebooks, dishes depicting the characters and historical books about the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. The shooting itself, however, took place not here — for them were built special pavilions that mimic the Palace. However, fans of the series will see in the Museum familiar interiors, including the Sultan’s chambers and the famous harem, where intrigues and passions were boiling. Rooms and corridors of the Palace abound with Oriental luxury and diversity, and from the inner Park offers stunning views of the Bosphorus.

Suleymaniye Mosque
This mosque is the largest in size and second largest in Istanbul, here are the tombs of Suleiman the Magnificent and roxelana (in Turkish her name Hürrem). The mosque was built by order of Suleiman himself. Four high minarets symbolize that the Sultan is the fourth padishah of Istanbul, and 10 balconies represent his tenth place in the Ottoman dynasty. The building is really impressive: in addition to the Cathedral, the complex includes baths, libraries, madrasah (Islamic school), kitchens and even an Observatory. Light enters the mosque through 136 stained glass Windows, illuminating the elegant tiles on the ceiling. No less luxurious are the tombs of Suleiman and Roxolana, decorated with multi-colored marble.

The Palace of Ibrahim Pasha
The next point on the map of Istanbul from the series — the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha. Sultan Suleiman presented the grandiose building to his closest friend and colleague as a sign of gratitude, which, as we know, was later replaced by disfavor. Here was the wedding of Ibrahim Pasha and a favorite sister of Sultan Suleiman, the Hatice Sultan. Now the Palace is turned into a Museum of Turkish and Islamic art: halls with exhibitions of carpets, ceramics and masterpieces of calligraphy allow you to learn the history of Istanbul of the 16th century. Here you can see copies of the Sultan’s decrees and even a collection of poems by Suleiman the Magnificent, because he was not only an overbearing ruler, but also a poet.

The Grand Bazaar
Where else can you fully experience the Oriental flavor, if not at the Bazaar? Especially when it is a Grand — that is a Large — Bazaar in Istanbul, which covers an area of 45 thousand square meters. m. To such sizes the market has grown over 5 centuries: it began to build in the middle of the 15th century, immediately after the conquest of Istanbul (then Constantinople) by the Turks. Until the 19th century, the Bazaar was the main place of the slave trade, which means that it was here that slaves were brought for the harems of sultans. Today you can buy anything you want, and even try authentic Turkish dishes that stood on the tables of the heroes of history. For example, the famous desserts Turkish delight, sherbet, halva and baklava is served with tea in the traditional pear-shaped glasses — the armud.

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) — perhaps the most famous attraction of Istanbul. It reflects the complex history of the city, once the capital of Byzantium, then — the Ottoman Empire, and now has become the hallmark of Turkey. Built as an Orthodox Church, the Cathedral was turned into a mosque in the 15th century and a Museum in 1935. It was Hagia Sophia that became the prototype for the Suleymaniye mosque: Suleiman the Magnificent commissioned the architect to build a similar, but even more impressive structure. The Cathedral is called the eighth wonder of the world — still, because it was built almost 1.5 thousand years ago and impresses with its size and luxurious finish. The complicated history of the temple-mosque gives it a special flavor: inside you can see frescoes depicting Christian saints, and quotes from the Koran.

In addition to these five places, the route based on the series should include walking through the streets of the Old city, seaside Boulevard and 1.5-hour boat trip on the Bosphorus — the ancient palaces, mosques and towers of Istanbul are especially beautiful from the water.

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