Traveling helps in searching and embracing the happiness. Istanbul has been a destination tourist visit for many people. The city is on the edge of the country Europe. The exact location of the city Istanbul is between the two continents Europe and Asia where east meets the west.
The city has vast history will luminous tourist attraction, beautiful culture with dedicated colors the empire has significant impact on the tourists.
The more the city will be explored the more you will fall in love with it. As many of you would be of the custom that the city Istanbul is full of Muslim colony and customs therefore it would not be friendly, but for a change of thought the city is full of scent and discovering it will make you enchant the environment.
The city can be reached in either bus, boat, train or through flights. The optimal option to reach Istanbul will probably depend on the place you reside in. In order to wander the streets of Istanbul one must be energetic to visit the various palaces, mosques, several shops in Grand Bazaar and ancient ruins.
Istanbul is a great hub to explore food with varieties of dishes where the streets can be tasted with rolls, kebabs, scenic restaurants and cozy café shops.
The ideal time to visit Istanbul would be to between May and June. Though it will be pretty hot in summers but the visitors can enjoy the package of boat tours. Visiting in winters can be windy but perhaps you can be counted as lucky for watching the snowfall.
The further paragraphs which contain the list of scenic places can be explored:
1.) Topkaki Palace:
The large building was a residence in the first place for the Ottoman Empire till 19th century. The majestic area in present day is a turned to a museum which displays authentic art and culture of Islamic customs. The rare pieces of the culture are presented in the museum.
Although the area is quite a vast with multiple rooms therefore some of the important area is showcased for the public. Some of the areas available for the public to visit include First Courtyard, Second Courtyard having the spectacular view of the interior of Imperial Council Chamber, Imperial carriages and treasuries and hence the Third Courtyard which can be visited when you cross the Gate of Felicity. The Third Courtyard contains the rooms which has various portraits of Sultan.
The building has an important corner namely Harem which was precisely the area of residence for Sultan and has 6 floor out of which 1 floor is available for the public to visit.
2.) Blue Mosque:
Built by Sultan Ahmed in 1616 this beautiful gift to the empire with blue monuments and décor indicates the power of the Ottoman Empire. It was named as Blue Mosque because of the picturesque 20,000 Iznik tiles covering the entire designs. The mosque is even surrounded with 200 glass windows which allow the natural lightning enter the mosque. These glass panes display unique and variant patterns.
Outside the mosque has a vast courtyard which has a collection of domes and 6 minarets. The mosque is even closed at the time of prayers which happens to be 6 times a day.
Hippodrome is a Greek stadium which was invented for Byzantine public life where various horse racing and chariot games were held. Hippodrome was a circus which was centre for public meet ups.
In present time there is not much of Hippodrome is seen.
4.) Grand Bazaar:
The world’s first shopping mall which is located between the Nure Osmaniye Mosque and Beyazit Mosque. An enormous and most visited market known as “Grand Bazaar” has lined with hundreds of shops. All the utmost requirements are fulfilled including interiors, décor, jewelry, carpets and so on.
The thick walls of the sprawling market has detailed and specified walls which glorifies the culture of the people of Istanbul. Though the market has been renovated many times but the authenticity can be still smelled.
Almost covering the major part of the city, the market attracts all the excited visitors and tourists. The Bazaar is closed on Sundays and on weekdays the timings for it trading starts from “9:00 am – 7:00”.
5.) Chora Church:
In Greek “chora” means “country”. Originally, Chora Church was known as “Church of St. Saviour Of Chora”. The Ottomans converted the Church into mosque which in present day is a museum.
The museum has fame in world due to frescoes walls and designs.
6.) Museum of Turkish and Islamic arts:
Tourist who has an interest in Islamic customs must visit and retreat themselves with the “Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” which is housed in the Palace of Ibrahim Pasa.
The museum resides various artefacts, manuscripts, calligraphy and detailed fabrics. The place also displays the carpets which are believed to showcase the world’s best Turkish hand woven carpets with dazzling styles.
7.) Yedikule Fortress:
Built in the 5th century Yedikule Fortress is also known as “Fortress of Seven Towers” or “Dungeons of Seven Towers”. The ancient history and marvelous view from the top of battlements display fantastic scenic of Sea of Marmara.
When the Ottoman Empire annexed the city the famously fortress was used in first place for defense and thereafter it was implied for execution and imprisonment.
8.) Galata Tower:
The remarkable landmarks of not just Istanbul but of whole Turkey, the Galata Tower was built 14th Century. One of the oldest and tallest Tower with a height of 67 meters is quite a popular attractions for the tourists as the Galata Tower destines to the skylines of Istanbul.
A nine storeyed building which has a café and a restaurant which is on the top that gives the fantastic view of the city. The restaurant can be reached through an elevator accessible from inside the building. If not elevator, then three long climbs of flights have to gone through to reach the panoramic view.
To achieve hassle free entry be on time so that waiting can be ignored.
9.) Gulhane Park:
The Gulhane Park is adjacent to the grounds of Topkapi Palace. One of the biggest parks in Istanbul, Gulhane Park gives the scent of old, authentic feel of the customs of people of Istanbul.
In ancient times this Royale Park was only accessible for the members which is a part of outer garden of Topkapi Palace. Therefore in the year 1912, the park was made accessible for the public.
Gulhane Park is a house for many huge tress especially walnut and oak and resides various flora. Besides this, the sculptures also take a sheer important place in the park. It is a great place to enjoy and relax on weekends.
10.) Spice Bazaar:
The market was built almost with the money that came from taxes of Ottoman Empire levied on Egyptian products that is the reason the market is also known as “Egyptian Market” in Turkish.
No one leaves the city without tasting the flavor of the beauty of Spice Bazaar. The fragrance wins the heart of all the visitors. There are some days when the crowd in the market is head over the heels. Therefore it would be preferable to visit the market either before 11 am or otherwise after 4 pm.
Some spices which will drape your attraction are saffron, Pul Biber or commonly known as red pepper flakes, black cumin, Sumac, etc.
Other than spices visitors can also purchase fruit teas, jasmine, herbal remedies, Turkish coffee, dried fruits such as dates, figs, apricots, fruits like kiwi and strawberries, honey, and so on.
If you plan to locate at a place where all the sightseeing attractions are within the reach then residing in Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city. Therefore the major historical centers such as Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace can be reached within 5 minutes of a walk.
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