I am back from Istanbul and I am full with good memories, not to talk about the positive vibes I get home with. We did a 7 days escape in Istanbul, ate the best food ever and walked more then I was thinking I can (I have little legs).
Istanbul is a city on two continents Europe and Asia, big and full of history. You will see lots of things connected to the muslim religion (a loott), but also some european influences. You can see more things that you can imagine in Istanbul, that even one full week is not enough. It is really a special city!
In this article I will talk about the main things you have to visit in Istanbul and I will continue with other one or two articles on different subjects…because you see, one article is not enough, or if is just one will be to long and you will get bored and miss all the fun 😛
- First point we saw in Istanbul was Topkapi Saray
The Topkapı Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayıor) is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed’s cloak and sword. It has an amazing view on the Bosphorus and to the Asia part, with beautiful gardens and friendly wind 🙂
- Hagia Sophia
Was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum. So is a must on the visiting list. You will see on the walls of this museum how two religions can be so beautiful in the same place. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
- The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Market’; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning ‘Grand Market) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops, which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. You have to see the gold streets and walk around on the lights area.
- Bosphorus Tour
It forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and separates Asian Turkey from European Turkey. The world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosphorus connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It is such a nice thing to do while in Istanbul, because also like this you can see a big part of Istanbul from both sides. You will laugh in the wind and admire all the beauty Istanbul has to offer.
- Dolmabahce Saray
Turkish: Dolmabahçe Sarayı, located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, on the European coast of the Bosphorus, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887 and 1909 to 1922. From what the guide said to us, 6 generations o sultans lived here with their families and also Mustafa Kemal Atatürk spent the last days of his life in the palace as his health deteriorated. He died at 9:05 A.M. on November 10, 1938, in a bedroom located in the former harem area of the palace. All the clocks in the palace were stopped and set to 9:05 after his death.
In the next article I will continue my trip in Istanbul so stay close 🙂