No trip to İstanbul would be complete wıthout visiting one of its numerous mosques.
Blue Mosque: Sultanahmet Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque as its interior is richly decorated with 21000 blue tiles from İznik. lt is the last great project of classical Ottoman architecture. The 400 years old mosque is one of only two mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets.
Basilica Cistern: The hidden world beneath modern lstanbul. It is the most impressive water reservoir you will ever see with 336 ornate coloumns. It is a real feast for the eyes. Its purpose was entirely functional. lt provided water to the Imperial Palace and local residences of Constantinople for centurys. Larger than a football field it has a capacity of 30 million gallons of water.
Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest historical bazaars in the world and beyond imagination for many travellers. lt is indeed a city in itself. It covers about 350.000 square feet and has 4000 shops, 65 streets, 2 fabric market, fountains and mosques. lt has been the center of commerce , trade and industrial activity throughout its long history.You can find a wide variety of products such as jewellery, carpets, silver, handbags, souvenirs and more.
On the way to Grand Bazaar we will also visit one of the oldest caravanserai of ottoman period, called Vezirhan and enjoy a cup of tea.
Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered bazaar.This is the hub of life for many Istanbulites along with many tourists.The bazaar is located at the center of Eminönü, a place that is always full of life and energy attracting locals and tourists alike .The bazaar is a cult destination for spice lovers and foodies from all around the world. lt is a taste before you buy kind of place. For centuries Turkish people have been coming to this bazaar for old remedies but today you can also find a variety of products from Turkish delight; dried fruits; spices; pashminas and gold stores .
Süleymaniye Mosque: A splendid 16th centruy mosque. This suberb mosque crowns the third hill of lstanbul and captivates visitors with its perfect proportions and a magnificient view of the Golden Horn. It was comissioned by Suleyman the Magnifienct , the greatest and richest of the all the Ottoman sultans.The mosque was built between 1550 and 1557 by Mimar Sinan who was a most prolific architect and who shaped Ottoman architecture with splendid mosques, schools and bath houses.
Galata Tower is the most dominant landmark and is the best place to get an amazing 360 degree view of İstanbul.
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