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Istanbul

TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City
Istanbul, the coastal city not only bridges the gap between Europe and Asia in terms of culture and trade but also geographically. The bustling city is outlined by the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The seat of many empires, it offers architecture and relics from a varied timeline in the past; from Roman Basilica Cistern to Hagia Sofia and Sultanahmet of the Ottoman and Byzantinian Era. A visit to Istanbul Modern offers new Turkish art and Miniaturk, which is a miniature park with models of the old Ottoman Empire. A puff of the famous Turkish hookah, a bath in the beautiful Hamams and walk around the impressively preserved Theodosian walls will complete your unique East European holiday.
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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

A panorama of Istanbul is incomplete without the architectural marvel—the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I, the complex contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The façade comes complete with a cluster of ascending domes that grow larger towards the top and six minarets. Its humongous courtyard, largest of all Ottoman mosques, mimics the area as of its interior. Once inside, its flamboyance slowly begins to unfurl; the mosque gets its name from the numerous blue-hued iznik tiles that deck its interiors. It is recommended to enter the complex through the Sultanahmet Park to best appreciate the mosque's design.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is an important landmark of the Byzantine and Ottoman legacies. Constructed between 537-1453, initially it served as a Greek Orthodox cathedral. It was later converted to a mosque during the Ottoman era and now functions as a museum. It has a classic basilica layout, with its central dome resting on pendentives flanked by two semi-domes on either side. It was the largest cathedral constructed by the East Roman Empire during the period. Admire the mosaics, especially the ones in the upper floors in the galleries. Explore the grandeur of the structure and soak in its rich historic past.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapı Palace, the largest palace in the country, served as the residence of the Ottoman sultans. It is now a museum showcasing sacred Islamic relics that include Prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword. Built between 1466-1478, by Sultan Mehmet II, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also tagged as the Historic Areas of Istanbul. Walk through a maze of buildings that forms the palace complex; its sections and halls were added by the different sultans during their reign. The result is a hotchpotch of buildings and courtyards, each telling a unique story and displaying predominantly Middle Eastern aesthetics.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

The ancient Basilica Cistern, an underground hall, is buried deep beneath the city. Marvel at its sturdy Byzantian-engineering; it has a nine m high roof supported by 336 robust marble columns. The pillars, showcasing the Ionic or Corinthian styles, are arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns each. It has the capacity to hold about 80,000 cu m of water, pumped in from the Eğrikapı Water Distribution Centre in the Belgrade Forest, 19 km away from the city. It served as a reservoir for water storage for the Great Palace and other buildings. The two Medusa heads sitting at the far left corner of the cistern are a striking, decorative feature.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus Cruise

Cruise on the 32 km-long Bosphorus Strait to admire the vast expanse and the twinkling lights of the Bosphorus Bridge that connects Asia to Europe. The cruises range between 25 min to a day cruise; opt for a trip across shores or an all inclusive sightseeing and lunch tour. From the water, you can observe the Istanbul skyline with its domes and minarets, Leander's Tower, the magnificent façade of Dolmabahçe Palace, the sprawling new districts of office towers, and the meeting point of the Bosphorus strait and the Sea of Marmara.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge

The aesthetics of the Galata Bridge may not be awe-worthy. Nonetheless, it bears a noteworthy mention in the Turkish literature, theatre, poetry and novels. The two tied bridge runs across a 500 m course over the Golden Horn and links the old city district with Beyoǧlu and Taksim. The upper one is for traffic and tramway, with walkways on either side. The lower one is rendered lively with the numerous bars and restaurants with a splendid view of the ferries below. Stroll along the lively Galata Bridge in the evening to witness these boats that speck the pristine-waters across the changing colours of sky.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

The over 3,300 shops lining up the by-lanes of the ancient 15th century Grand Bazaar, make it the largest market in the city offering the ultimate shopping experience. A roof sits atop all its 61 streets, covering up this chaotic market completely. Stroll down its narrow laneways, watch the artisans at work and browse through the myriad of goods on display. Haggle for exciting Turkish delights such as rugs, silk scarves, local spices, furniture, jewellery, antique ‘Kilims’, souvenirs, and Turkish tea. After a tiring shopping spree, sip on some tea at any of the cafés and admire the many fountains in the vicinity.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Arnavutkoy

Arnavutkoy

Arnavutkoy, a humble fishing neighbourhood of Istanbul, showcases its multicultural legacy through its mosques, churches and synagogues sitting aside each other. Since Byanzite times, it has been inhabited by Armenian, Jews and Greeks. It is renowned for its water-front mansions seeped in the flavours of art nouveau along a picturesque backdrop of boats docked at the jetty along the Bosphorus. The sleepy fishing village is also renowned for its Ottoman strawberry, notwithstanding that they are less juicy and smaller variants than the ones found otherwise in the country.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque

Renowned as the Büyük Mecidiye Camii, the pristine Ortakoy Mosque perched at the edge of Ortakoy pier, occupies a prime spot. Flanked by the Bosphorus Bridge; the set up fuses tradition and modernism into one frame. The Neo-Baroque style mosque appears quaint on the outside and its beautifully ornate insides are heightened by the light filtered in through its large windows. A brain-child of architect Nikogos Balyan, the designer of Dolmabahçe Palace, it also encompasses masterful examples of Arabic calligraphy executed by Sultan Abdülmecid I, an accomplished calligrapher. Admire its large dome shaped ceiling that’s decked with pink-hued mosaics.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Eminönü Neighbourhood

Eminönü Neighbourhood

Eminönü neighborhood, located on the south side of the Golden Horn, is the oldest part of the city. An important site since the Byzantine times and a hub of ancient Constantinople, today, it is a major transportation nexus for trains, trams and buses. Within its realms, Eminönü withholds several tourist and religious sites such as Ottoman mosques, palaces, old bazaars, churches, and several museums. Some of these include: Sultanahmet Square (ancient Hippodrome) with the Serpentine Column, Stone Obelisk and Egyptian Obelisk, Bayezit Square (Forum Theodosii of the Byzantines), Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and more.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Istanbul International Music Festival

Istanbul International Music Festival

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the annual Istanbul International Music Festival plays host to regional, national and international artists. This cultural event brings a selection of European classical music, ballet, opera and traditional music performances from world over on a single platform. Started in 1973, the Istanbul Music Festival has hosted ensembles such as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and more. The festival since its inception has sought to include the finest examples of artistic creativity from Turkey and abroad. Enjoy performances held in a number of venues across the city and attend seminars, conferences and lectures as well.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar

Thriving for the past 350 years, the Spice Market, a gastronome’s delight, is known for herbs, Lokum—a Turkish delight, dry fruits, olives, honeycomb, Turkish Cheese, herbal teas, that are all sold under the high-domed roof in Eminönü. Apart from the mouth-watering sweets that you can take back home, the market is high on sensory appeal too. The rich, colourful spices piled up into heaps are a visual treat. Its heady fragrance lingers long after you’ve passed the stalls selling spices. If you’re a caffeine connoisseur then don’t forget to visit Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the coffee shop here.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Beyoglu

Beyoglu

Beyoğlu, earlier known as Pera, is nestled on the European end of the Golden Horn and is an entertainment hub that is full of old-world charm and cultural riches. Lined with shops, art galleries, museums, cafés, restaurants and nightlife options; stroll around this bustling district and soak in the ambiance. Head to one of its most iconic features—Galata Tower and enjoy panoramic view from the top; walk down the vibrant Istiklal Caddesi street dotted with eateries, vendors and stores; explore museums such as Museum of Innocence and Pera Museum; spend some time at Taksim Square; and see scaled down models of famous monuments and attractions at Miniatürk.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Sultanamhet District

Sultanamhet District

Sultanahmet is the heart of historic Old Istanbul. A UNESCO World Heritage site, you can witness the sheer diversity from the world heritage attractions to the small side streets here. It houses all the major landmarks of the city such as the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and many more. It is recommended to stay at one of the hotels in this neighbourhood as it makes all the monuments accessible by foot. You can also opt to take a guided walking tour to explore this historic district and to gain insights on its history and culture.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

Dominating the Golden Horn is the Süleymaniye Mosque, built during 1550-1557, it’s a masterpiece of the Ottoman Empire's greatest architect, Mimar Sinan commissioned on the order of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Although, it mimics Hagia Sophia in many ways, its area is smaller in comparison but its grandeur is much larger in scale. Its subtle ostentation is further heightened with the beautiful gardens, forecourt and a central fountain. Inside, its massive buttresses that supports the 53m high dome is cleverly hidden into the walls, giving it an illusion of being afloat. See the mausoleums of the Sultan and his wife in the gardens here.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Gulhane Park

Gulhane Park

Packed with colourful and well manicured flowerbeds, the Gulhane Park is best for spotting the numerous birds fluttering around. Adjacent to the Topkapı Palace, the park was once part of the royal gardens. The park, the oldest and largest park of Turkey, has featured many modifications for its betterment over the years. Enjoy the lush surroundings splashed with views of the Golden Horn and Marmara Sea from the Set Üstü Çay Bahçesi on the park's north-eastern edge.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Taksim Square and Istiklal Street

Taksim Square and Istiklal Street

Taksim Square is considered as the heart of the modern Istanbul. Istiklal Street, one and a quarter km long stripe, ultimately leads up to the Taksim Square. The lively avenue is abuzz with colourful boutiques, art galleries, theatres, libraries, cafés, historical patisseries, restaurants, and night clubs. All of these are alternated with the stunning architecture from the Ottoman era featuring contrasting elements from the Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, Renaissance Revival, Beaux-Arts, and Art Nouveau architectural aesthetics. Some of the most prominent buildings feature here.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes

Your trip to Turkey is incomplete without watching the Dervishes whirling to Sufi music. Catch a live performance at the Galata Mevlevihanesi Museum or the Rumi Mevlevi performed at two different locations: the Hodjapasha Dance Theatre and the event hall of the Sirkeci train station. It is a form of prayer dance that originated during the 13th century. The act involves men spinning circles for a long period of time to soothing Sufi music. It’s recommended that you book your tickets in advance.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City St. Saviour Church

St. Saviour Church

St Saviour Church (now known as Kariye Museum), erected in the late 11th century, is a fine exemplar of the Byzantine era. In 14th century, mosaics and frescoes were added, thus rendering the church complete. Depictions of the Genealogy of Christ, the Life of the Virgin and Christ's Ministry are showcased through the frescoes. Later during the Ottoman era in 14th century, it was converted into a mosque; its mosaics, frescoes and pictorials were all covered with plaster. The mosaics were later restored in the 19th century; admire the Byzantine art here. Although the church is rugged on the outside, its delicate interiors are sure to take your breath away.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Maiden's Tower

Maiden's Tower

The 12th century old stone tower, erected by the Byzantine Emperor Manuel Komnenos, sits on the small islet in the middle of the Bosphorus strait. Apart from its obvious defence purpose, the tower has also served as a tax collection area from merchants, a lighthouse, a quarantine hospital during an epidemic, and a radio station as well. It was also featured in the 1999 Bond movie—The World Is Not Enough. Maiden's Tower is not only an age old symbol of love and romance but also the one of the most popular landmarks of Istanbul.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress

Scale the ramparts of the Rumeli Fortress, built and named after Rumeli Hisari, on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus. The fortress was erected in four months, on command of Sultan Mehmed to attack on Constantinople. The fortress has served many purposes since. It was once a prison and serves as an open-air theatre in present times. Many concerts and dramatic performances are held during the summer months. It is otherwise open as a museum for public access on all days, except Wednesdays.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace

The grandeur of the 19th-century-old Dolmabahce Palace, once the seat of the Ottoman Empire, is sure to enthral you. Imperial architects Nikoğos and Garabed Balyan, were commissioned by Abdül Mecit to construct a structure that was fused with Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical elements upon its traditional Ottoman aesthetics. The palace spans to 45,000 sq m and is divided into three sections namely Selâmlık (Ceremonial Suites), Harem (the central hall) and Veliaht Dairesi (Apartments of the Crown Prince). Apart from admiring this architectural marvel, you can spend some time at the café in the premises.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Prince's Island (Kizil Adalar)

Prince's Island (Kizil Adalar)

The Prince's Island (Kizil Adalar) is a cluster of nine islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul, Turkey. Back in the day, during the Byzantine era, it served as a place of exile. In present times, it is a popular getaway with the tourists and locals alike, to escape from the hustle-bustle of the city. Opt for a full-day excursion; enjoy a lazy horse carriage ride around the quaint houses and eat sumptuous seafood here. Explore four of the nine islands that are open to the public: Burgazada, Heybeliada, Kinaliada, and Büyükada.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City SEA LIFE Istanbul Aquarium

SEA LIFE Istanbul Aquarium

Admire the myriad fish that inhabit the European waters as they swim across the tunnels above you at the SEA LIFE Istanbul Aquarium. With 64 tanks in total, the two-storey aquarium sprawls to an area of 22,000 sq m. The large aquarium houses 25,000 sea creatures. Among them are tiger sharks and other members of the predator family. For those brave hearts who wish to get up close and personal with the creatures can also swim with them. At the end of your tour, you can relax at the restaurant overlooking Panama Canal on one end and the sea view on the other.

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TraveLibro Turkey Istanbul Featured City Galata Tower

Galata Tower

The 55-m-high cylindrical tower, built in the 14th century, dominates the sky line north of the Golden Horn. Built by the Genoese, this medieval tower was initially used for surveillance of the harbour; after the Ottoman conquered the city, the tower served as a prison and naval depot. Head to the observation gallery of the Galata Tower to enjoy a 360-degree view of the entire city, skyline and the straits of Bosphorus. Also, indulge in drinks and a meal at the luxurious restaurant and bar here.

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