About Istanbul

Istanbul is turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub.Istanbul bridges Esia and Europe culturally and physically.In Istanbul,we will find centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily surrounded with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs.Istanbul is such a vibrant city.Tours from Istanbul can take visitors far and wide to the amazing landscapes of Cappadocia, the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Ephesus.

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Attractions Around Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia was once a house of worship that served several religions well over the centuries. It was a Roman Catholic church previously. At one time, it was the largest cathedral in the world at one time, and served as the inspiration for other mosques, including the Blue Mosque, as it was such a great example of Byzantine architecture. It is most famous for its mosaics depicting various religious scenes, and to get an experience of all these places tourist get rental cars in Istanbul turkey.

Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmet’s beautiful architectural gift to his capital was this beautiful mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque today. The mosque gets its nickname due to its interior decoration of tens of thousands of İznik tiles. The entire spatial and color effect of the interior make the mosque one of the finest achievements of Ottoman architecture. A great sightseeing of a trip to Istanbul is wandering amid the gardens sandwiched between the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofya to experience their dueling domes in twin glory.Excellent information panels explain the mosaic floor's recovery and subsequent rescue.

Grand Bazaar

Travelers who love to do shopping shouldn’t miss out on a visit to the Grand Bazaar,surrounded of approximate 5,000 shops making it one of the largest indoor marketplaces in the world. Receiving around quarter-million visitors a day, the bazaar features such items as jewelry, carpets that may or may not fly, spices, antiques and hand-painted ceramics. The bazaar is home to two mosques, four fountains, two hammams or steam baths, and the Cevahir Bedesten, where the rarest and most valuable items have been found traditionally. Visitors will find old coins, precious jewelleries , studded weapons and antique furniture.

Suleymaniye Mosque

The beauty and peacefulness gives Suleymaniye Mosque an inspiring sense of spirituality. The mosque, indeed, is magnificent, blending the best of Islamic and tangled architecture. When it was built, the dome was the highest in the Ottoman Empire.During the world war,It was extensively damaged over the years due to fire,while the gardens were used to weapons depot.It was renovated in the mid 20th century.Outside in the halcyon garden area is an interesting Ottoman cemetery that is also home to the nation of the Sultan Süleyman.

Dolmabahce palace

Several adjectives like Luxurious,plush and beautiful are used to describe the Dolmabahce Palace,which has been compared to the Palace of Versailles.The splendid and florid Dolmabahce Palace shows the clear influence of European decoration and architecture on the Ottoman Empire.It was build in 19th century with 14 tons of gold leaf.Turkey’s most elegant palace blends orthodox Ottoman architecture with the European styles of Neoclassical, Baroque and Rococo. It is home to the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier by Queen Victoria.The Dolmabahce Palace’s setting is rally stunning.

Chora Church

The Chora Church may be a little bit off the beaten tourist path, but visitors say the amazing Byzantine art is well worth the effort to get there. Admirable mosaics and frescoes depict the life of Jesus and his mother, Mary. Known as the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, it has been described as one of the most wonderful surviving works of Byzantine architecture. Dating back at the time of Constantine, the Chora Church was a monastery in earlier days.A few centuries later, it becomes a mosque then it converted into museum.

Istanbul Archaeological Museum

One of the most important museums in Turkey, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum is consist of three museums: One is the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum and another is Tiled Kiosk Museum. This three museums contains more than 1 million objects from civilizations around the world.It was the first Turkish museum,was located on the Topkapi Palace grounds. The Tiled Kiosk dates back to 1472. The museums contain thousands of valued artifacts, including the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great.

.Galata Tower

The Galata Tower rules over the Istanbul skyline, offering great views and environment of the old city.The medieval stone tower, known as the Tower of Christ, was the tallest building in Istanbul with the height of 67 meters.It still stands tall over Istanbul today. The tower has been modified over the centuries, at one time being used as an observation tower to spot fires. Today, its upper reaches include a cafe, restaurant and a night club, both reached by elevator in the nine-story building, where one can find the stunning vistas.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern has been providing Istanbul residents with water since the sixth century when it was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian. A visit leaves travelers raving about the technology the ancient Romans used to build this architectural wonder that was very advanced for its day. The underground cistern, just a few steps away from the Blue Mosque, was built on the site of a basilica that was constructed in the third century.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace is one of the most wonderful attractions in Istanbul that combines history and stunning countryside in an experience that is not to be rushed. Rich in the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Topkapi Palace has five kilometers of stone wall with 27 towers. Topkapi, is situated on a hill overlooking the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. At one time it was an official royal residence of the Ottoman Empire sultans and seat of Turkish government, but is now a considered as the largest and oldest museum in the world. Visitors can get a glimpse of the harem’s quarters, where the government worked, a collection of old weapons used by the sultans, the palace kitchens with a huge porcelain collection, and the treasury with its collection of jewels and clocks.

Things to Do in Istanbul

Without Bosporus Cruise, Istanbul trip is not complete.It doesn’t provide only an excellent overview of the city, both the European and Asian shores of the great waterway have a lot of offer-century old palaces and mansions galore. There are several cruises you can take: a short one (to the second suspension bridge and back), along one (all the way to the Black Sea and back), and a sunset tour during summer. It becomes a success on its own. Istanbul has its unconventional beauty that excites tourist to make last minute hotel booking in Istanbul.

Turkey’s kitchen is among the richest of all, blending flavors of different mainland and civilization.All these dishes are made with fresh produce, stuff you too can buy first hand by visiting local markets in Istanbul. These town markets can look massive at first, but be assured that you’ll receive an affectionate welcome by stallholders. Communication may be difficult, but the experience is priceless.

Istanbul's nightlife can imitate with the rest of the world. Whether you want to enjoy a live performance while sipping on your favorite drink, attend concerts of various kind of current and past world stars, or dance the night away in open-air venues by the Bosphorus or while enjoying a rooftop, Istanbul has all amazing attraction.

Bebek and Ortakoy are two village by the Bosphorus worth visiting, yet lesser known among tourists.Bebek is a lively, green and wealthy neighborhood by the Bosphorus. It’s well known and frequently visited by locals during the weekends. It’s a local all-time favorite to have a breakfast with a stunning view followed by a nice stroll on the boardwalk, topped with a drink in one of the many cafes.Other come later, and enjoy the buzzing nightlife.

This chain of nine islands off the coast of Istanbul provides a awesome getaway from the crowds. An easy day trip during the genial months, the islands are just a quick ferry ride from the city. Most travelers visit the four larger islands, as the other five are very small and mostly residential. You can explore historic buildings, eat at tasty cafes, and see beautiful homes. Motorized transportation isn’t allowed on the islands, making them peaceful and quiet. You can get around by walking, bicycle, or horse and carriage.

Many of the swanky hotels in Istanbul have hammams which is known as Turkish baths, but they aren’t the real deal. They’re made for Westerners looking for a cushy and modest experience. Real hammams have been a Turkish tradition for thousands of years, and they have served as both a place to cleanse and to socialize. Most hammams are separated by gender. You transition through several different rooms of different temperatures, one being a hot steam room much like a sauna. You can opt to pay an attendant to give you a thorough scrub-down,it’s rough but invigorating! We went to the Cemberlitas Hamam and really enjoyed another popular one is Cagaloglu. Both are in the Old Town.

Istanbul is the city in the world which straddle with two continents; it spans from Europe to Asia. The Asian side which is called as the Anatolian side, is separated from the European side by the Bosphorus Strait. You can take a bus over the Bosphorus Bridge, or you can ride over in a ferry. The city’s main tourist sites are on the European side, but if you’ve never been to Asia, it’s fun to cross over so you can say you’ve been there. If you’re interested in shopping, check out the popular markets in Kadikoy. Other worthy activities include touring the Beylerbeyi Palace, riding up to the top of Camlica Hill for incredible views of the city.

Pera Museum is the Istanbul's most famous art gallery.It is very lovely, which is where art-hounds head to drink in one of the greatest collections of Ottoman painting in the world. As well as the art, make time to wander through the rest of their collection, which includes plenty of ceramics along with other Ottoman period objects. The program of regularly changing exhibitions often displays some of the art world's biggest names.

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