10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

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10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

Istanbul’s magnificent mosques, opulent churches, fanciful palaces, humming souks, and unique atmosphere are all products of centuries of Byzantine and Ottoman history. Cross off these famous sites in Istanbul from your wish list.10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

 

1- GRAND BAZAAR

10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL
10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

Of all the places to visit in Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is a shopaholic’s Mecca.

The labyrinth of domed roofed laneways is virtually a city within a city with mosques, banks, cafés, restaurants and over 4000 shops.

The oldest part of the bazaar was built by Sultan Mehmet II after he conquered Constantinople in 1444.

Wander around the maze, and you’ll find leather coats, jewellery and carpets along with souvenirs like pretty glass lamps, replica Ottoman weapons, mother-of-pearl mirrors and water pipes.

Your main problem will be what to buy and how to carry it all home.

 

2- SPICE BAZAAR

The spice market is a place to visit in Istanbul you could spend hours in.

Nuts, dates and dried fruit, buckets of colourful powdered spices, mysterious herbal love potions, Turkish Viagra and fragrant oils are some of the things you can fill your shopping basket with at Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar.

The bazaar is one of the most interesting places to visit in Istanbul and was once the last stop along the legendary Silk Road. It was constructed in 1663 to generate funds for the adjacent Yeni mosque.

 

3- TOPKAPI PALACE

Topkapi Palace is one of the most educational places to visit in Istanbul.

One of the most intriguing historical places to visit in Istanbul is the Topkapi Palace.

The marbled halls and mosaic courtyards of the Topkapi Palace echo legends of sultans, slaves, eunuchs and court treasures.

Among the more colourful sultans were Selim the Sot, who drowned in his bath after drinking too much champagne and Ibrahim the Mad, who lost his mind after being locked up for four years in the palace kafes (cage).

Built in 1453 by Mehmet II, the Topkapı Palace was home to the sultans until the 19th century.

The palace treasury displays riches from Ottoman conquests.

Wander through the treasury rooms to admire the bejewelled sword of Suleyman the Magnificent, the Topkapi Dagger (with three enormous emeralds on its hilt) and the Kasikci (Spoonmaker’s) Diamond (a massive teardrop-shaped 86-carat rock surrounded by smaller stones).

 

4- BLUE MOSQUE

5- AYA SOFYA
6- BASILICA CISTERN

Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred water cisterns that lie beneath the city.

The cistern was built during the days of the Byzantine Empire by Justinian I and was the water reservoir for the palace.

Its 336 columns and cathedral ceilings are a sight to behold. It is an astonishing engineering feat, especially considering the lack of modern machinery available during the era when this grand structure was built.

The two columns in the north-western corner are supported by large carved Medusa heads.

 

7- ISTANBUL MODERN

The Istanbul Modern museum showcases works of prominent and emerging Turkish artists.

The photographic exhibition on the ground floor is especially captivating and displays recently commissioned works of the Galata Bridge.

The museum’s permanent exhibition “Modern Experiences” highlights the development of painting from the 19th century to the 1940s during the days of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic.

 

8- TURKISH HAMAMS

9- BOSPHORUS CROSSING
10- TESVIKIYE DISTRICT

Istanbul’s most well-known young fashion designer is Gonul Paksoy (Atiye Sokak 6A, Tesvikiye), whose boutique has a range of unique handmade velvet slippers, silk overcoats, embroidered purses and tribal-style jewellery.

 

Istanbul is a fascinating city to explore and most people who work in the popular tourist spots will speak English. But if you’re planning a trip to Turkey, it’s useful to know a few phrases in the local language. Here are some handy Turkish phrases to help you get around.

 

10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ISTANBUL

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