Istanbul is one of the oldest settlements in the world. The history goes back to 7000 B.C. During recent archeological studies, artifacts belonging to Neolithic Age, or to phrase non-academically New Stone Age, have found. The history of these lands goes far back from the modern history. Istanbul has at least 9,000 years of human settlement and what that means is; it has 9,000 years of life experience.
Later on the Roman Empire took control of the city and Constantine the Great nominated Istanbul as the city on seven hills. This famous name of Istanbul was given due to the model of Rome, which is also built on seven hills. Lots of people in Istanbul is mistaken about were the seven hills are. It is a huge city and it doesn’t have a flat geographical formation therefore there are lots of hills in Istanbul. But the famous seven hills are just located in the area that is called the Historical Peninsula. The Peninsula is covered by the Walls of Constantinople. And ever since Constantine the Great chose Istanbul for Roman Empire’s imperial capital, the Historical Peninsula has been the center of Istanbul. The emperor of Roman Empire saw the beauty and importance of the city. If you want to see what Constantine the Great saw, there are hotel apartments for sale in Istanbul.
The seven hills of Istanbul have numerous historical religious buildings or palaces. The first hill, where the first proper settlement was established in 600 B.C., has Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The second hill has the Grand Bazaar and the Column of Constantine. On the third hill the main buildings of Istanbul University and the Süleymaniye Mosque is located. The forth hill is where the Fatih Mosque, formerly the Church of the Holy Apostles, can be found. On the fifth hill the Yavuz Selim Mosque can be seen. The sixth and seventh hills don’t have any specific historical monuments. But it is worth visiting and seeing around.
The Historical Peninsula or the seven hills of Istanbul represents only a small portion of the city. This area has 9,000 years of human settlement. It has served as capital for the greatest empires of all time. And now it is serving Turkey as the education, economy, tourism and social life center. If you are considering contributing to the 9,000 years of history look for hotel apartments for sale in Istanbul.