Things to see in Istanbul
Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Istanbul.
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Every time I go back to Istanbul, I think "well, I've already seen the Hagia Sophia so many times, I think this time I'll skip it." And every time, without fail, I always fall to temptation and enter again to marvel at its beauty. ...
The Blue Mosque is one of the true gems of Istanbul and a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. With its six minarets, 43-meter-tall dome, and exquisite interior featuring over 20,000 blue-hued Iznik tiles, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque wi...
The colors, the smells and the babel of nationalities is dominant in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. The variety of colors that the eye can see is amazing. The goods are perfectly placed in stores to attract and seduce visitors into s...
The Galata Tower is hard to miss from downtown Istanbul. When you look across the river to Beyoğlu, you'll see it jutting out into the sky. I'd suggest crossing the Galata Bridge on food, checking out the morning fisherman, and stop...
This Sultans' palace was built by the Sultan Mohammad II in 1462 and finished in 1478. It was the official residence of the Ottoman monarchs until 1855. It's a must-see for its gardens, rooms which seems to be in a competition fo...
We had a great day and the trip was wonderful. We left the Besiktas dock, crossed the Bosphorus, and made a stop in Uskudar to pick up more passengers. For over an hour and a half, we toured the Asian side of Istanbul, where we saw ...
Like the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Bazaar is known for being a place full of thousands of colors and smells as diverse and the people that visit it. There are lots of caviar shops and plenty of stands selling spices, sweets, and a ...
One of Istanbul's most majestic historical monuments is undoubtedly the Basilica Cistern, built during the reign of Justinian I. It's sometimes referred to as the "Sunken Palace" due to the columns which rise up from the water. The ...
This beautiful mosque located just across from the University of Istanbul is one of the hidden treasures of the city. The fact that it's not in the über-touristy neighborhood of Sultanahmet means that many people gloss over it entir...
The Galata Bridge is the most famous of Istanbul. It represents the union of East and West, and in fact, unites these two worlds as the conceptual boundaries that have long marked. If you go to Istanbul, do not stop crossing, is sym...
One of the most beautiful mosques of Istanbul. When you see it from the outside, it seems that it's not going to be as big and beautiful inside but the interior is wonderful, arches, walls, domes, absolutely everything is gorgeous.
The Chora Church is located in the outskirts of Istanbul and, while it's a ways away from the city's main points of interest, it's still a must if you're traveling to Istanbul. The church was built in the 4th century and subsequentl...
It is the perfect place to get lost in Istanbul if you're there at Easter week. It is much quieter than the Santa Sofia and the Blue Mosque, despite its close proximity. The museum is inside the Topkapi Palace complex, which is comp...
During the Byzantine era, the Golden Horn was a perfect natural harbor for trade and communication in the city. Grains, produce, fish...everything was sold on these banks. These days, the tradition carries on in the form of the omni...
Ortaköy Mosque was built in the eighteenth century, it is my favorite mosque in Istanbul. It is tiny but its setting is amazing, on the sea along the Bosphorus Bridge linking the European and Asian parts of the city. On the streets ...
İstiklâl Caddesi is the main street in the Beyoğlu district. With a distinctly European air, İstiklâl is a commercial artery full of restaurants, bars, and terraces. The street begins at Taksim Square and goes all the way to Galata ...
In two or three guides, including the Internet one, I read that the most beautiful mosque in Istanbul was the Rustem Pasha and this is true. It was the Sultan Suleiman Pasha's and a mosque was built next to the Galata bridge in the ...
I've visited twice and love it. One thing that struck me was its enormous crystal chandelier that weighs 4 tons in the throne room, which they say is the largest in Europe. This palace is quite an extravaganza, I am left with the vi...
Near Istanbul, just half an hour by ferry from the port of Eminönü, is this little fishing village. It's gorgeous, because despite being very touristy (is the last port on the Bosphorus ferry) and although the waiters will haunt you...
This trip is very interesting, but in the end it gets a little tiring, especially if you spend all day walking. One tip, look for an agency in the area of Hagia Sophia and it will be a lot cheaper than booking directly with the ho...
Gülhane Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul. Formerly it was the gardens of Topkapi Palace, also known as the Court of the Janissaries, and has now become Gülhane Park and is open to the public. Great Gülhane Park is...
Since ancient times, every major mosque had a "hamam" (bathhouse) in the building or near it. Of course, the Hagia Sophia is no exception. Its "hamam" is called Haseki Hürrem. It has an elegant and very symmetrical building, built i...
The cheapest way to fly to Turkey is to Atatürk International Airport, located near the center of Istanbul. The airport, as its name suggests, is dedicated to the great "Father of the Turks", the omnipresent and omnipotent Atatürk (...
Although it also has very interesting carvings of the Hittite Empires and the Ottoman Empire, the most striking feature of this museum is, for me, the section on the mummies. It has two human mummies in good condition and a number o...
This square, between the Grand Bazaar and Istanbul University, is one of the most beautiful and lively citywide. In Byzantine times it was called the Forum of Theodosius, and was the largest city forum. Today Turkish people, tourist...
In December 2006 I went to Istanbul and saw this mosque, celebrating the cult which involved the Koranic school boys. It was a wonderful experience to hear the prayers, although we didn't understood them. We had an extraordinary vie...
South of the Obelisk of Theodosius there's a strange column that catches your eye immediately. The Serpentine Column was formerly part of a larger monument, which together with a pot of gold and three serpeintes was erected to mark ...
The ruins of Anadolu castle are on top of the hill town that has the same name. To get here take one of the ferries that cross the Bosphorus to the last stop, then it's a simple 15 minute walk and reach the top of the hill. The cast...
The word 'yali' comes from the Greek word 'coast' and is used to refer to the wooden summer residences in the Ottoman Empire that were built by the ambassadors and aristocrats on the shores of the Bosphorus. Today they are listed bu...
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