A Beautiful City with Seven Hills…
As one of the most popular travel destinations of the world, Istanbul offers a wide range of attractions from palaces, mosques and traditional Ottoman social complexes to museums and historical buildings. This beautiful city with seven hills has a deep rooted history on the one hand and it keeps up with the pace of the world on the other hand as if sheís not sleeping at all…
We have compiled you a list of imust-see places in Istanbulî.
Daily boat trips are the best way to have a complete Bosphorus experience. By taking such a trip, you will have the opportunity to see from a different perspective the beautiful mansions lined up on the coast of Bosphorus and their unique architecture.
1.4 kilometers long, Istiklal Street runs from Taksim Square, one of the most famous corners of the city, to the Tunnel. The stores on Istiklal will quickly draw you in with their colorful and characteristic atmosphere. You can have a memorable and pleasant outing at places like «iÁek Pasaj˝, Nevizade, K¸Á¸k Beyolu and Asmal˝ Mescit, which are filled with spots appealing to all tastes and get lively at night.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)
The Mosque, which was built by the Ottoman sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616, is situated right across the Hagia Sophia Museum. The architect of the mosque, Sedefk‚r Mehmet Aa decorated the mosque with blue, green and white Iznik ceramics. Its domes are embroidered with mostly blue hand carvings, thus leading its visitors to name the place the “Blue Mosque.”
Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
Grand Bazaar is the largest and the oldest covered market in the world. The Bazaar, the construction of which started in 1461, runs through 66 alleys and houses 4000 shops. This historical place is perhaps the number one shopping destination in Istanbul. With its strong local characteristics, the Bazaar will meet all your shopping needs from oriental jewelry to furniture items.
Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
The Basilica Cistern was built in 542 CE during the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian I for the purposes of providing water to the Great Palace of Constantinople. The Cistern is supported by 336 columns, each 9 meters high. According to some sources, the Basilica Cistern was named after the Ilius Basilica, situated nearby.
Topkapı Palace, which served as the primary residence of Ottoman sultans for 400 years, is among the most splendid structures of Istanbul. The palace is visited by thousands of tourists each year. You should spare one full day for a thorough visit, which will surely be worth your time.
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)
Throughout its history, Hagia Sophia has been representative of grandeur and what is described as “unreachable infiniteness.” It functioned as a church for 916 years and 481 years as a mosque, hence serving both Christian and Muslim communities respectively. During the time of Mustafa Kemal Atat¸rk, it was turned into a museum and included in the heritage list.
Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)
The Spice Bazaar is situated behind the New Mosque (Yeni Cami) in the Eminˆn¸ district of Istanbul. It is famous for its herbalist shops selling flower seeds, numerous types of spices, dried nuts and fruits and herbal health products. The Spice Bazaar has 6 gates and contains 85 shops. It is nearly impossible to return from the Bazaar empty handed without buying plenty of spices, coffee or Turkish delight.
Dolmabahçe Palace was built during the reign of Ottoman sultan Alb¸lmecid (1839-1861). The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atat¸rk used DolmabahÁe as his presidential residence between 1927 and 1938 and passed away here. The palace was partially open to public and used for ceremonies between 1926 and 1984. It was fully opened to public as a “museum-palace” in 1984.
Miniaturk, Turkey’s first miniature theme park, was opened in 2003. Along with structures which no longer stand such as the Temple of Artemis, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the Ajyad Fortress, the park features historic structures from Anatolia and ex-Ottoman territories, from Hagia Sophia to the Dome of the Rock, thus bringing the traces of many cultures and civilizations together in one place.
Located at the close vicinity of Wyndham Hotel Istanbul Petek, Ataköy Marina is Istanbul’s first marina which received the Five Golden Anchor award. Many attractions in and around the marina include a shopping center, and boutique shops. The clean, fresh air at the marina, which is accompanied by sea sparkles at summer nights, invite you for a delicious meal accompanied with a glass of fine wine.