Study trip on the occasion of International Women’s Day

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, on March 8, a journey to Istanbul for female employees of the School of Engineering Management (teaching and non-teaching staff) was organized.

The intensive program included visits to the Hagia (Aja, Saint) Sofia Museum, the former Patriarchal Basilica and later the Imperial Mosque; St. Irina Church, looted by the Crusaders and not converted into a mosque because it was used as a weapons storage; Topkapi palaces with harem, the main residence of the Turkish sultans until the second half of the 19th century; The Mosaic Museum of the Grand Palace of Constantinople with several preserved walls of the palace; The Valence Aqueduct of the Roman Period; Basilica Cistern (Submerged Palace); The Ecumenical Patriarchate; the mosque Kučuk (Little) Hagia Sophia (erected by Justinian and Theodora); The Archaeological Museum with artifacts from Babylon, Sumer, as well as the Greek and Roman periods; Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey’s last major palace, which contributed to the bankruptcy of the country where later the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, died; The Blue Mosque; The Suleiman Mosque; the mosque of Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic; the Galata Tower; Hippodrome (today Meydan Sultan Ahmet), from where the Crusaders stole the so-called. St. Mark’s Horses, with the famous Serpent Obelisk, Theodosius Obelisk (actually Tutmes’s, most probably transferred to Constantinople around 390) and Constantine’s Obelisk; Constantine’s Pillar and the Princes’ Islands.