Islamabad - Roots Millennium Schools organised a cultural and recreational trip to Turkey with a group of 10 Millennials accompanied by Zalfar from Millennium Campus I-9/3 and Fouzia Shahzadi, Head RMS Gujrat Campus, got the opportunity to explore Istanbul and Bursa through this trip.

The trip was organised as part of the “Learning Beyond Borders” and Outreach initiative by Roots Millennium Schools which aim to develop the students by providing them opportunities to travel across borders, explore and enrich their knowledge and learning with international exposure with new and exciting experiences. Such trips provide the young generation with rich cultural learning through immersion in the various diverse cultures around the globe, says a press release issued here yesterday.

Istanbul is a melting pot of many diverse races and cultures including the Turks, Chinese, Iranian, Bengali, Sri Lankans, Koreans, Pakistanis and other foreign nationals from Europe and other parts of the world, living together with great harmony, tolerance and peace. The Turkish nationals are very friendly, humble and patient. Millennials visited various sites of attraction within Istanbul & Bursa city and were briefed in detail about Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazar, Buyukada, Golden, Horn, Spice Bazar, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabache Palace, Camlica Hill, Bursa, Green Mosque, Great Mountain, Ulicami (Great Mosque), Miniturki and Vialand.

Millennials also visited magnificent Topkapi Palace, the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. The construction of the Topkap Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. Next visit was to the Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. Here they saw the Egyptian Obelisk brought from Egypt by Emperor Theodosius; the Serpentine Column (Tripod of Plataea) from Temple of Apollo at Delphi and the Tiled (Walled) Column erected by Constantine Porphyrogenitus at 10th century AD. BLUE MOSQUE one of Istanbul’s most venerable monuments. It was built in 7 years (1606-1609 AD) with the order of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. From the courtyard Students enjoyed the striking view of the cascading domes and semi-domes, viewing the colourful blue Iznik tiles that adorn the interior.

These tiles were made at the peak of Iznik tile production in the early 17th Century. Another great attraction for Millennials was VIALAND, which is spread over an area equal to 100 football fields, provides affordable alternatives that appeal to every age and interest group it was an excellent opportunity to have outdoor fun and offered really interesting and thrilling rides along with the experience of surfing and swimming Prior to this most recent international trip to Turkey, Roots Millennium Schools has also been arranging various trips to other countries including Malaysia, USA, UK, Singapore, Spain, Germany, India, China and Japan in the past. The students thoroughly enjoyed their trip and said that they would love to be part of such trips in future as well.