This is where I grew up.The most beautiful city in the world in my eyes.From centuries of very rich past to its natural beauty Istanbul is a place for all to see.
The Spoonmaker's Diamond is a 86 carats (17g) pear-shaped diamond. Considered the fourth largest diamond of its kind in the world. According to one tale, a poor fisherman in Istanbul near Yenikapi was wandering idly, empty-handed, along the shore when he found a shiny stone among the litter, which he turned over and over, not knowing what it was. After carrying it about in his pocket for a few days, he stopped by the jewelers' market, showing it to the first jeweler he encountered.
The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus is a 13th-century Byzantine palace in the north-western part of the old city of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul, Turkey). An annex of the greater palace complex of Blachernae, it is the only Byzantine palace to survive in the city, and one of the few relatively intact examples of late Byzantine secular architecture in the world. by Aydın SERT Turkey