In Istanbul, a city at the intersection of Europe and Asia, everything is possible, including the palace of the Turkish sultans, made in the European Baroque style of the 18th century and built by Armenian architects. Even experienced tourists, Dolmabahce Palace amazes with the luxury of its interiors. Here is the Crystal Staircase, a five-ton Bohemian glass chandelier donated by Queen Victoria, and a collection of paintings by Aivazovsky, made by the artist commissioned by the Sultan, and much more. The total area of the palace complex is 250 thousand square meters. Nearby there is also a mosque and a clock tower (which are still running!) 27 m high. Subsequently, Ataturk also lived in the palace, where he died in 1938. The largest mosque in Istanbul, Suleymaniye, surprises visitors not only with its scale, but also with the special technologies used in its construction. The mosque withstood for 450 years and suffered 89 earthquakes thanks to its water-filled foundation. Also, the unusual acoustics of the building is due to the presence of 256 hollow bricks that act as resonators. Suleymaniye began to be built by order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 30th year of his reign, and according to the plan, the mosque was supposed to be similar to the Temple of St. Sophia, but surpass it in luxury of decoration. In the courtyard of the mosque there is a cemetery with Sultan Suleiman and his beloved wife Roksolana buried in the mausoleums. The Basilica Cistern is a huge, 80 thousand cubic meters, underground reservoir of fresh water, built during the Byzantine Empire. Until the 16th century, the reservoir saved residents during the siege of the city, and then during the Ottoman period it was used to water the gardens of Topkapi Palace. With the advent of the aqueduct, the cistern was forgotten and discovered only 400 years later in the most unusual way. The reservoir became a museum, and the beauty of the cistern amazed the visitors so much that the name Erebatan Saray was stuck behind it, which in Turkish means the Underground Palace. Walking along a dark corridor among illuminated antique columns and seeing the reflection of lights in the water, you will immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of the past millennia. Modern cinema has also appreciated the beauty of Erebatan, choosing the Byzantine dungeon as the backdrop for many films. Here were filmed episodes for the James Bond film "From Russia with Love", "Odyssey" by Konchalovsky and the 2016 thriller detective "Inferno" starring Tom Hanks. The guide will also take you through the most significant places of the cistern: you can look into the eyes of Medusa Gorgona and try to unravel the mystery of her appearance in the underground palace, hold a special ceremony at the “Column of Tears” and find the “Pool of Desires”.