Ottoman Heritage


Istanbul, with its unique setting by the Bosporus, is a meeting place of people coming from all
directions. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is located on two continents and therefore merges
both the spirits of Europe and Asia. Its exciting history made the city a place that just wants to be
discovered. The many different facets of culture, politics and society create a diverse landscape with a
very special atmosphere. Due to massive migration movements the city grew rapidly in the last
decades. Istanbul is a city of neighborhoods and timelessness. It is a place that is utterly modern and
yet so steeped in historical places and persons that it defies any attempts at placing it as a city of a
specific time or civilization. Thanks to these advantages, participants of the OIC Young Leaders
Summit had a magnificent tour around historical and spectacular places in Istanbul with professional
and experienced guides during the first day of the summit.

The Tour Route

  • Eyüp Sultan Mosque
    The Eyüp Sultan Mosque (Turkish: Eyüp Sultan Camii) is situated in the Eyüp district of
    Istanbul, outside the city walls near the Golden Horn. The present building dates from the
    beginning of the 19th century. The mosque complex includes a mausoleum marking the spot
    where Eyüp (Job) al-Ansari, the standard-bearer and friend of the Islamic prophet
    Muhammad, is said to have been buried.


  • Süleymaniye Mosque
    The Süleymaniye Mosque, built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent),
    "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan"
    (481 Traditions and Encounters: Brief Global History). The construction work began in 1550
    and the mosque was finished in 1558.


  • Fatih Mosque
    The Fatih Mosque (Turkish: Fatih Camii, "Conqueror's Mosque" in English) is an Ottoman
    imperial mosque located in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey. It was one of the largest
    examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Istanbul and represented an important stage in the
    development of classic Turkish architecture. It is named after Ottoman sultan Mehmed the
    Conqueror, known in Turkish as Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Ottoman sultan who conquered
    Constantinople in 1453.


  • Arap Mosque
    Arap Mosque (Turkish: Arap Camii, literally Arab Mosque) is a mosque in the Karaköy quarter
    of Istanbul, Turkey. The building was originally a Roman Catholic church erected in 1325 by
    the friars of the Dominican Order, near or above an earlier chapel dedicated to Saint Paul
    (Italian: San Paolo) in 1233.

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