If You're Coming To Istanbul, Make These 10 Trips Absolutely!
If You're Coming To Istanbul, Make These 10 Trips Absolutely!
Istanbul, one of the Turkey's most eminent cities ... divided by a strait embracing two continents together. It is one of the most populous, and one of the most important cities of the country in terms of economic, historical and socio-cultural aspects. With more than 15 million inhabitants, Istanbul is also the largest metropolis in Europe in terms of size.
The European side of this intercontinental city is called the European Side or Rumeli Side, while the Asian part is called the Asian Side. There are so many things you can experience in this city that we have compiled a few for you.
Here are 10 Different Daily Istanbul Travel Routes We Prepared for You:
1) Hagia Sophia:
Hagia Sophia is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It was once a church and a mosque, but now it is one of the most visited museums in the world. Hagia Sophia, which continued its existence as a church for 916 years, was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul and remained as a mosque for 482 years. In 1935 it was turned into a museum. Hagia Sophia, as one of the most important and surviving monuments of the history of world architecture, has also an important place for the art world in regard to its architecture, magnificence, size and functionality.
2) Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar is an important trade and shopping center with its roots dating back to the 16th century. The Grand Bazaar has an area of 110 thousand 868 m2 total and has a closed area of 45 thousand m2 and 3600 shops and 14 houses on 65 streets. Spend a day losing yourself in the giant labyrinth consisting of mosques, baths, cafes and jewelery looms.
3) Galata Tower:
One of the must-see places in your travel list in Istanbul is Galata Tower. The tower is considered one of the oldest towers in the world. The structure, which has been observing the city for hundreds of years with its imposing structure, and about which many stories are told, offers the privilige to its visitors both getting information about Istanbul's history and watching the unique view. By the way, let us talk about a small urban legend about the tower; in the past, it was believed that if you’re accompanied by someone when you first ascend the tower, and if you are in love with him/her, you would definitely get married to him/her.
4) Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque):
Sultanahmet Mosque, which is also known as Blue Mosque due to the color of the eye-catching patterns that decorate the interior walls of the building is considered one of the most successful examples of Turkish architecture. The building, which brought a whole new perspective to mosque culture with its preferred architectural approach, is one of the stops to be seen within the scope of the historical peninsula tour. A district of Istanbul has got its name from this mosque.
5) İstiklal Street:
With its urban fabric and people, Istiklal Street is in the mirror position of Turkey and Istanbul. It is a street where new comers definitely stop by and the keen travellers flock into its venues. The 1.4 km long street has everything from cinemas to nightclubs, boutiques and cafes.
6) Maiden's Tower:
The tower, which was built on a small island, is about 18 meters high. The building, which consists of 5 floors, is the last Byzantine structure in Uskudar District. The maiden’s tower, which inspired many films and poems by its beauty, is one of the most beautiful buildings of Istanbul. It has a lively history and a unique landscape, and there are many kinds of legends derived in its name.
Here is one of those legends; the fortune-tellers tell the Byzantine king a bad news that a snake will bite his daughter and she will die. The king builds a house on the rocky cliffs of the Maiden's Tower and settles his daughter here so that the snake cannot bite his daughter. But a young officer falls in love with the king's daughter. One day, the young officer prepares a bunch of flowers to offer to the princess. A snake, hidden in the bunch of flowers, bites and kills the unfortunate princess.
7) Bosphorus Tour:
Starting from the Eminonu Galata Bridge to Anadolu Kavağı, the impressive Istanbul Bosphorus tour is among the must-see activities for all of Istanbul's visitors. Your trip to Istanbul would be incomplete without taking a traditional and unforgettable sea cruise with ferries or boats in the Bosphorus that separates Europe and Asia.
8) Basilica Cistern:
The Basilica Cistern which fascinates the visitors with its mystical air is one of the most special places of Istanbul with its extraordinary structure. You can both increase your knowledge of the history and peace in the quiet environment when you roam in the cistern which is considered among the oldest and most splendid structures surviving from the Byzantine period to the present day.
And according to an urban legend about the Cistern;
Medusa was one of the most beautiful women of antiquity with her black eyes and long hair. Medusa, who has been in love with Zeus' son, the goddess Perseus, was sentenced to an eternal curse by the jealous Athena. As a result of her wrath, the long hair of Medusa, whose beauty has been shadow of herself, turned out to be a snake, her gaze started to turn men who dared to look at her to stone.
9) Topkapı Palace:
Topkapı Palace, which was built between 1460-1478 on the 700.000 square meter area in Sarayburnu was used as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire for 4 centuries. The palace, consisting of a nested 4 palace courtyard, was turned into the first museum of Turkey in 1924 and was opened to public.
The most interesting parts of the magnificient building which hosts a 300,000-piece collection are Divan-ı Hümayun, the Baghdad Pavilion, the Harem and the Holy Relics.
10) Dolmabahçe Palace:
Built between 1843-1856, the palace's design is based on the Rococo, Baroque and Neo-Classical insights of the historic building, which is loyal to the traditional “Turkish House” architecture. The palace, which was used as the administrative center of the empire until 1924, was turned into a museum in 1984. You can take a guided tour of the palace arranged at certain times.