Turkey, a country home to unique cultural diversities lying in both Asia and Europe. It has long acted as a bridge between those two continents throughout history. But we can’t really talk about Turkey without mentioning Istanbul. Istanbul is its largest city lying in both Europe and Asia. It is considered as its historical heart and also the heart of its economy and culture. It lies in both Europe and Asia and, in this article, we are going to discuss some of its most interesting places and facts. Like the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet Mosque, languages are spoken in Turkey and Istanbul. 

   The Sultanahmet Mosque

 Did you know that about 99% of Turks are Muslims? Islam is the largest religion in Turkey and it contains some of the most beautiful mosques in the world. There are about 82,693 there and one of the most well-known is the Sultanahmet Mosque. It is also known as the Blue Mosque and is located in Istanbul. It was built during the rule of  Ahmed I. and is praised for its interior and exterior design.  Its interior walls are adorned by hand-painted blue titles. And the mosque is bathed in blue at night as its five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes are framed by light.

The Grand Bazaar

  The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. It is often considered one of the first shopping malls in the world. In addition, it dates back to the 14th century and has more than 4000 stores, and 61 covered streets.  It was listed as number 1 in regard to being the world’s most-visited tourist attraction in 2014 with  91,250,000 yearly visitors. The bazaar was built after the acquisition of Constantinople by the ottoman in 1455/56. It was considered as a part of a larger initiative stimulating Istanbul’s economic prosperity. 

Languages spoken Turkey 

   It is known that Turkish is the main spoken language in Turkey. But, did you know that there are more than 30 other ethnic languages spoken there? These languages include Arabic, Kurmanji, Zazaki, and more. Some ethnic languages have very few speakers such as Balkan, Armenian, Turkish dialects, Bosnian, Georgian,  Albanian, and Circassian languages. Despite this variety, the Turkish language remains the most widely spoken. As it is the official and educational language. In addition, Arabic is also used as an elective language in the Turkish curriculum. The Zazaki language is spoken by about 1 million speakers across Turkey as well.  

Overall, Istanbul is considered one of the most beautiful places to visit, ever. It has everything you need from culture to beaches and more. You would be baffled by the amounts of aromas, languages, colors, and more. 

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