Architectural Marvels

Travelling is also an education. It’s the most fun lesson to develop ourselves, our gaze, our general knowledge, and our empathy ability. Besides these, it is an education that is essential for some professions. Today we will talk about a topic that will draw the attention of one of these professions; city architecture. The buildings, which are shaped by the history of the cities, do not only make the architects dream about those good old days but us. We want to live in those times, step into that buildings, set up our families, eat, drink, laugh, love, behind those walls.

There are some cities with architectural structures that have attracted not only the architects but millions of travellers for decades.

1- ISTANBUL – THE LOVE STORY OF BYZANTINE AND OTTOMAN

Istanbul, a city that is the home of eastern and western architectural movements, surrounded by famous artworks in every corner and home to thousands of historical buildings in 2 continents. We need weeks, not days to see the works of numerous architects art pieces, especially created by Mimar Sinan. Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Galata Tower, streets of Balat that is full of historical buildings are some of the places to be seen in order to understand the historical texture of Istanbul.

The Byzantine domes, the Ottoman mosaics, the minarets and the Islamic calligraphy will make you fall in love with this city again and again.

Remember that having a Müzekart will be quite useful for you to visit the museums in İstanbul. You can have Müzekart through this link.

2- FLORENCE – ART POISONING

There is a disease called Florence Syndrome in the literature. It is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. We are smiling but it’s not a joke:)

If you are in Florence, it seems impossible to escape the Renaissance architecture. The streets where art and history meet have been hypnotized visitors since the 14th century. Welcome to the homeland of symmetry, geometry and proportions.

Florence Cathedral, San Lorenzo Basilica, Vecchio Bridge and Vecchio Palas are just a few of the masterpieces you need to see in Florence. This city is built to walk and dream around the streets.

3- PRAGUE – A GIANT OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Prague is a huge open-air museum. It is home to 4000 historic buildings in the 900-hectare area. Romanik, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Contemporary; whichever you are interested in, you can find it in Prague. Not only are there historical buildings but also the modern architecture trends cover the city in a magical way.

Prague is a very old city. Unlike most of the European cities that built in the 17-18th century, this city show it’s characteristic architecture in the 13th century. We think the memory of these centuries makes this land such a unique art piece.

Powder Tower; served as a 65-meter tall gunpowder store, St Nicholas Church; the artwork that 3 generations of the same family could able to finish, Kinsky Palace; Franz Kafka’s school, Villa Müller; one of the cubic artwork of modern architecture, and Dancing House; the masterpiece of contemporary architecture are some of the buildings worth seeing in the city.

4- ROME – GOLDEN CITY

The most well-known architectural movement in the world, the Roman Architecture, greatly influenced many period and movements in the name of art and engineering.

It’s so hard to decide where to start to explore the city which has thousands of great artworks. The buildings didn’t just aim to make the city look beautiful but to reflect an idea. Using architecture as an expression of many political, spiritual and philosophical ideas, isn’t that mean art already?

The world’s largest amphitheater Colosseum, the Ara Pacis Museum, which combines new and old in an innovative way, Il Vittoriano, also known as ‘wedding cake’, Peter’s Church, also known as the best-preserved historical monument, is just a few of the hundreds of works you should see.

5- MARRAKESH – AN ARABIAN FAIRY TALE

A mystical atmosphere, traditional motifs, curved structures; Now we are going to a place that is very different from European architecture. Our new stop is Marrakech. This city is literally hiding the most beautiful examples of Arabic architecture in. Before you go, you need to draw your route right, because these art pieces are spread all over the city.

Majorelle Garden that has the ashes of Yves Saint-Laurent, Koutoubia; the city’s largest mosque, Ben Youssef; North Africa’s largest medina, Dar Si-Saïd Museum, which makes you feel like a prince of the Arabs, Tiskiwin Museum; every room pointing to a different stop along the ancient Sahara trade route Marrakech to Timbuktu are some of the things you should see in this beautiful Arabian city.

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