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Tourist Places In Istanbul

Straddling the shimmering blue Bosphorus Strait, the city of Istanbul is one of the most significant centres of heritage and culture of the world. It is located right between the Western and Oriental culture, so much so that the city is divided into Europe and Asia itself. The history of the city also reflects its geographical location perfectly. After being the capital of the Byzantine Empire for centuries, it was taken over by the Ottoman Sultanate and renamed as Istanbul. With two such opulent regimes being ruled from its lands, Istanbul is decked with imperial architectures as grand as the reigns.

Mosques of Istanbul

Istanbul is home to some of the best and most beautiful mosques you will ever see. Some say that the Blue Mosque by Sultan Ahmed is as majestic as the one in Mecca. It also had the same number of minarets – six – when it was first built. A seventh minaret was gifted to Mecca to settle a dispute regarding this. Hagia Sophia is hands-down one of the grandest architectures of the world. Suleymaniye Mosque near to the Grand Bazar, Rustem Pasa Mosque near to the Spice Bazar and the New Mosque constructed in the name of the mother of a Sultan are the other visit-worthy mosques in Istanbul.

Markets of Istanbul

Grand Bazar, Spice Bazar, Yesiktaz, Yesilkoy, Bakirkoy, Kadikoy are some of the markets you must see while in Istanbul. The markets are a great place to visit in Istanbul in October-November season, as the pleasanter climate makes it easy to walk through the maze of streets without breaking a sweat.

Here are some of the best Istanbul attractions to see.

1. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia will always rank first among all the Istanbul sights, even though it gets quite a bit of competition from the Blue Mosque. The colossal architecture, with an even bigger dome dominating the skyline of Istanbul started out as an Eastern Orthodox basilica in 537. It later played the role of a Roman Catholic Church under Byzantine rule and then turned into an imperial mosque for the Ottomans. In 1395 it was finally reopened, not as a place of worship but of culture and education – as a museum. Hagia Sophia is a must-see in Instanbul sightseeing tours.

2. The Blue Mosque

Actually named the Sultan Ahmet Mosque after its founder, the grand architecture of the 17th century got its name from the thousands of blue tiles on its exterior and interior. Tourists throng here in large numbers to see the priceless treasures hidden inside. However, it is still an active shrine and is closed during the five prayers of the day as per Islamic faith.

3. Topkapi Palace

Perched on the side of the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus Strait and the Golden Horn, this place was once the royal residence of the Ottoman emperors and the office of their daily business. Now it is a collage of the empire’s glorious years – all stored within the richly embellished quarters of the Topkapi Palace.

4. Grand Bazar

Grand Bazar lives up to its name – it is indeed the grandest market in all of Istanbul. Within its maze-like streets there are more than 500 shops lined up, selling everything from mosque replicas, ceramic items, clothes and jewelleries, handcrafted products and many more. Grand Bazar in Istanbul is a good place to visit for a leisurely afternoon.

5. Basilica Cistern

The underground water reservoir system ordered by Justinian I served the royal families of Istanbul over the years. Only a few steps away from Blue Mosque, this architectural and engineering wonder is also known as the Sunken Palace, because of the dark mystic look and the sound of water trickling in the background – a very mysterious setting.

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Basilica Cistern In Istanbul

Cistern is basically a public tank built for storing and supplying water to the inhabitants of the city. Earlier, these cisterns were made up of many materials. Istanbul is one such place where one can find a number of cisterns. One of the most famous cisterns is the Basilica Cistern. The Basilica Cistern is known as one of...

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Blue Mosque In Istanbul

Also known as the Sultan Ahmet mosque after the name of the Sultan who built it, Blue mosque is one of the major historical places of Istanbul and is functional even today. Built by Sultan Ahmet 1 during 1609-1616, the Blue mosque has a lot of importance in the Istanbul history. This mosque is located at Hagia Sophia and co...

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  • Blue Mosque
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Bosphorus In Istanbul

Being a strategic waterway, Bosphorus, Istanbul is a narrow strait which connects the nation with international waters. Deriving its name from the legend of Io, who was one of the lovers of Zeus, Bosphorus is a Thracian word, and denoted the ‘passage of cow’. While, in Turkish language it means- ‘inner strait’. Also known a...

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Dolmabahce Palace In Istanbul

Nestled on one of the most spectacular parts of the Bosphorus, the grandeur of the Dolmabahce Palace leaves everyone in awe. Constructed during the Ottoman area, it later became the Presidential Palace. The attraction still holds a significant place in Turkey. Built by an Armenian architect, Garabet Amira Balyan, Dolmabahce...

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Galata Tower In Istanbul

No trip is ever complete without a journey to view one of the light towers or normal towers. In Turkey too, there is one such tower in Istanbul, which not only offers a great view but also gives you the ancient chills that one can only feel at the viewing of amazing architecture and scriptures. Apart from these euphoric fee...

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Hagia Sophia In Istanbul

A country with both Islam and Christian histories, Turkey is a delight to visit; and Hagia Sophia is one of the go-to places in Turkey. Located in the old capital Istanbul, it is a cathedral that was later found out to be a mosque and now runs as a museum, mainly as a tourist spot that runs on the visits of foreigners as we...

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Suleymaniye Mosque In Istanbul

A tribute to Suleiman- the Magnificent, Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most famous mosques of Istanbul. Built in between 1550- 1557, its construction took almost 8 years; however, the architectural design of Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul is still worthy of appraisal. Designed by the architect Mimar Sinan, the mosque attrac...

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Topkapi Palace In Istanbul

Looking for a great time exploring the royalty of the Turkish kings or sultans? Look no further. ‘Topkapi Palace’ is the place to be. Of the many things to see in Turkey, mainly Istanbul, the museum is definitely a must-see. Its ancient carvings are one to watch out for. Topkapi Museum is the subject of many colorful storie...

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