Apart from giving refuge to the troubled and destitute, the city also stole the heart of many renowned artists, thinkers and philosophers.
The Museum of Painting reopened to the public last month, and deserves repeat visits to take in all it has to offer of Ottoman-era paintings of sultans, nature and battle scenes.
A family as old as Islamic history itself has been looking after the sacred cloak since the seventh century. TRT World visited the mosque of the cloak and spoke with the family in Istanbul’s Fatih district.
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