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Istanbul

Istanbul

ISTANBUL : Imagine a city that is located on two continents and connecting Europe and Asia with bridges ,tunnel and ferries.

Istanbul , formerly known as Constantinople has always been a dream of many big civilizations.

A must visit city on your Turkey holiday and you have to spend at least 2 nights in Istanbul to feel the glimpse of it .

Istanbul, the queen of the cities, is the only city on the world to spread across 2 continents (Asia and Europe).

Istanbul, with its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical beauties is a magnificently unique city that has been capital to many civilizations from past to present and still continues to be home to residents from all over the world. This rooted city, with a history dating back to 300 thousand years before, constitutes a mosaic of many civilizations and cultures combined.

One may come across legacies and monuments of thousands of years behind any door or around any corner in Istanbul. Whether you take a round tour in Istanbul or visit any of the 39 districts nearby, you will catch hold of various historical and natural wonders any minute.

You may begin your Istanbul tour at the Grand Bazaar that will enchant you with its bright and pleasant environment while a sense of peace and security will wrap you tightly in Hagia Sophia. A tour of the pearl of the Bosporus, Ortaköy, Beşiktaş and Kabataş will let you enjoy the delightful views along the deep blue coast.

With the Black Sea in the north, the Marmara Sea in the south and the Istanbul Strait running in all its glory through the middle of the city, you will experience great moments in Istanbul and witness the unique combination of the Mediterranean and Black Sea climates. You may encounter a hot and humid weather in the summer and a cold and snowy weather in the winter.

Watching the flying seagulls at Eminönü by the time the rising sun illuminates the city, you will notice the docked boats rocking gently as if to greet you. What’s more, you won’t be able to resist the fresh scent of the city when the first ray of lights illuminate the shimmering fishes swimming around the fishing twines.

The setting sun illuminates the city like a painting every evening. The candle- like silhouettes of the mosques rise above the historical peninsula to greet the city while the sun and the moon salute each other as the day turns into night. Right at that moment you will feel like a sultan in the cradle of civilizations.

Bridging two continents, this unique city, where one can encounter people from different countries and witness diverse cultures merging in harmony, will awaken completely different feelings in you.

There is a lot to experience and share in Istanbul. Are you ready to explore this magic city?

MUST DO’S IN ISTANBUL :

BLUE MOSQUE

The majestic Sultan Ahmed Mosque is among one of the two mosques in Istanbul to have 6 minarets. It's also called the Blue Mosque because it is adorned with aquatic blue tiles on the inside.

HAGIA SOPHIA

Hagia Sophia was the biggest cathedral in the world for thousands years and still it is the 4th biggest one.

The seemingly unsupported dome of Aya Sofya is one of the architectural marvels of the world.

 

TOPKAPI PALACE

Step into the era of Ottoman Turks and Sultans at the Topkapı Palace, laden with more intriguing stories from the past than most of the world's museums put together. The Kasikci Diamond (86 carats) one of the greatest examples of the world and is exhibited in the Palace..

BEYOGLU

Beyoglu is the place to be if you're looking for good restaurants, bohemian bars, live music venues, hip hotels and edgy boutiques. Soak in the city at leisure because it's rich with history and culture.

SULTANAHMET DISTRICT

Sultanahmet is the heart of historic Old Istanbul. A UNESCO site, you can witness the sheer diversity from the world heritage attractions to the small side streets. The Million Stone in the Square, Istanbul was the zero point of the world once upon a time..

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE

Dominating the Golden Horn is the grand Suleymaniye Mosque adorned with beautiful gardens, forecourt and a central fountain.

TASTE MEYHANE CULTURE

Meyhanes are Turkish taverns that are devoted the appreciation of good food, great music and time spent talking with friends, all washed down with copious amounts of the Turkey’s national drink, the pungent aniseed spirit, rakı.

 

VISIT ART MUSEUM & GALLERIES

The historical weight of Istanbul can be a little overpowering. To venture deeper into its complex nature, visit one of the museums. Or to step into a small havens of calm, check out the many modern art galleries that have emerged in recent years, showcasing Turkey’s newest talent.

 

 

TAKE A TURKISH COOKING LESSON

For some unfathomable reason, the rich variety of Turkish cuisine is often not well known outside of the country. Many visitors are therefore surprised by the culinary delights on offer. If you want to recreate these flavors and enjoy an evening learning new skills and making new friends, why not try a cooking class.

 

 

BASILICA CISTERN

Walk through the seemingly endless rows of pillars at the Basilica Cistern lying beneath the city.

BOSPHORUS CRUISE

Cruise on Bosphorus Strait to admire the vast expanse and the twinkling lights of the Bosphorus Bridge that connects the Asian and European sides.

GRAND BAZAAR

Haggle for exciting Turkish delights at hundreds of years old market called the Grand Bazaar. Best known for it's Turkish Rugs, you must also look for silk scarves, local spices, antique kilims and Turkish tea.

TAKSIM SQUARE & ISTIKLAL STREET

Taksim Square is considered as the heart of the modern Istanbul. Istiklal Street has a line up some of the must popular and important architectural buildings.

WHIRLING DERVISHES

Your trip to Turkey is incomplete without watching the religious Whirling Dervishes performed on Sufi music at The Galata Mevlevihanesi.

TASTE TURKISH BAKLAVA

The favourite dessert of the sweet-toothed Turks, rich, buttery baklava, in which thin layers of filo pastry are stuffed with pistachio or walnuts, is best enjoyed with a strong, black Turkish coffee.

 

 

MAIDEN’S TOWER

Featured in the 1999 Bond movie "The world is not enough", Maiden's Tower is not only an age old symbol of love and romance but also the most popular landmark of Istanbul.

RUMELI FORTRESS

Scale the ramparts of the Rumeli Fortress also known as Rumeli Hisari, which was once a prison and then an open-air theatre.

DOLMABAHCE PALACE

Get enthralled by the splendour of the Dolmabahce Palace, which was once the seat of the Ottoman Empire.

PRINCES’ ISLANDS

Enjoy a lazy horse carriage ride around the quaint houses and eat sumptuous seafood at Prince's Island (or Kizil Adalar) for a fairy tale experience.

SEALIFE ISTANBUL AQUARIUM

Admire the largest European collection of sharks swimming above you, touch the crabs and starfish or catch a feed show at the SEA LIFE Istanbul Aquarium.

GALATA TOWER

Admire the largest European collection of sharks swimming above you, touch the crabs and starfish or catch a feed show at the SEA LIFE Istanbul Aquarium.

CHORA CHURCH

The finest collection of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in Turkey, adorning an attractive church near the city’s land walls

 

 

EMINONU NEIGHBOORHOOD

Eminonu neighborhood is located in the oldest part of the city and has many historic and religious sites to visit.

SPICE BAZAAR

Thriving for past 350 years, the Spice Market is known for herbs, Turkish delight called Lokum, dry fruits, honeycomb, Turkish Cheese. If you’re a caffeine connoisseur then don’t forget to visit Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the coffee shop.

VISIT A HAMAM

What was once a simple necessary cleansing process has developed into something of a ritualistic and sometimes luxury experience. Get scrubbed, foamed and massaged in a building which can often be an architectural treat in itself and come out feeling brand new!

 

 

FISHING ON GALATA BRIDGE

For some it’s a means of making a living, for others it’s a form of meditation and for many it’s a way of life. Fishing is very much a part of the character and culture of Istanbul. To experience it yourself, head to one of the many hotspots such as Galata Bridge or Arnavütköy

 

 

SHOP IN MODERN MALLS

Istanbul is a shopper's paradise, from antique shops and chic boutiques to shopping malls. And in this "shopping paradise" you can find big and fancy shopping centers. And they are easy to reach by bus, subway or taxi.

  • 08 Sep 2018

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