''If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.'' Napoleon Bonaparte Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul The city also was nicknamed 'The City on Seven Hills’, Vasilevousa polis (the Queen of cities), Dar-i-Saadet (the door of happiness). This beautiful city is the only one that sits astride two continents, Europe and Asia. According to historians, Istanbul (Stanbul) was founded by Byzas in 667 BC, then called Byzantium. In 330 AD, Constantine made Byzantium his capital and called it Constantinople. The Great Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople on 29 May 1453 AD, and when Turkey became a Republic in 1923, to the name changed to Istanbul. AHMET EFENDI EVI IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF ISTANBUL, in what is known as the Cankurtaran area. This is one of the oldest Byzantine towns and is at the heart of the Sultanahmet area. We are located about 20m away from Akbiyik Mosque, which was established in 1453, making it one of the first mosques to be built after the conquest of Constantinople on May 29th 1453. Ahmet Efendi Evi is set in a quiet street, where you get the feeling that time is standing still. The 500 year old houses that add beauty and charm to this ancient and cosmopolitan city. Ahmet Efendi Evi is within five to fifteen minutes (5-15) walk from the wealth of major attractions, such as the well known Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Hagia Sofia (Church of Holy Wisdom),Cictern Basilica, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Spice Market, Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Topkapi Palace , the Archaeology Museum, as well as the Bosphorus.