It is worth it to mention that Beyazit II was the Sultan who brought the expelled Sephradic Jews from Spain to Salonic.
He granted the refugees the permission to settle in the Ottoman Empire and become Ottoman citizens. He ridiculed Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile in expelling a class of people so useful to their subjects. "You venture to call Ferdinand a wise ruler," he said to his courtiers — "he who has impoverished his own country and enriched mine!" He threatened with death all those who treated the Jews harshly or refused them admission into the empire.
The Arabs and Jews of Spain contributed much to the rising power of the Ottoman Empire by introducing new ideas, methods and craftsmanship. The first printing press in Constantinople was established by the Sephardic Jews in 1493.
Next photo is that of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha who was bought a slave but rose through the ranks of the Ottoman military hierarchy to become a Grand Visier.The lion that he had domesticated while in Africa and that he took along with him everywhere, creating quite an impression.
The International Fair Center.
Kadifecale is crowning the city and it was built by Alexander the Great. The "Velvet Fortress" is a great spot for viewing the city from the top of the hill.