Divan Road, Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula, Istanbul

Divan Road, which means "Road to the Imperial Council", is an ancient road where today the tram line operates between Sultanahmet Square and Beyazit Square and hosts variety of historical sites and architectural relics from the Ottoman, Roman and Byzantine periods, hotels, tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. A very lively street in the Sultanahmet region. It was the most important road during the Byzantine era.

The 5 km. long Divan Road was first opened during the Byzantium period, with the order of the Raman Emperor Konstantin. Tt was called as "the Mese Street" which was the main street leading to the "The Golden Gate" from the city center on Seraglio Point. And than leading the "Via Ignatia", the road to Rome.

And during the period of the Ottomans, Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the road was used with the Divan (a kind of a council) members, for getting to the Topkapi Palace for the Imperial Council Meetings. That's why the road was called as "Divan".

Along the Divan Road, you may see Mausoleums, Mosques, medreses (schools), Roman forums, Byzantine monuments such as Cemberlitas, the Burnt Column, and the remains of the Theodosian Arc d'Triumph. Following the DÄ°van Road from Sultanahmet through Beyazit, you will come up to famous Grand Bazaar. Make sure to visit this famous historical bazaar featuring over 4,000 shops and vendors selling colorful textiles, aromatic spices and beautiful handcrafted pottery.

Where is the Divan Road?

Divan Road is situated between Sultanahmet and Beyazit, where the tram line operates now.

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