Best of Istanbul

Blue Mosque: The greatest one is the Sultanahmet Mosque popularly known as the Blue Mosque as its interior is richly decorated with 21000 blue tiles from İznik. It is the last great project of classical Ottoman architecture. The 400 year old mosque is one of only two mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets.

Hippodrome was the center of sporting and civillian life of Constantinople . During the life of this city it has become the main venue of countless political and military dramas. Three monuments remain – the German Fountain, the Serpintine Column and the Obelisk.

Basilica Cisten is the hidden world beneath modern İstanbul. 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.

Hagia Sophia: The most important surviving work of Byzantine architecture from 6 AD, it gives a fascinating inside look into the diverse history of lstanbul. In its 1500 year life span, it has served as a cathedral , a mosque and now it s one of the greatest museums in the world. It was built by the Emperor Justinian who wanted this church to be the largest Christian church in the world and to stand as a symbol of the glorious Byzantine Empire. The Greek church of Divine Wisdom was also greatly admired in the Islamic world and influenced the design of many other Ottoman mosques.

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 and 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.

Rustempasha Mosque: This 16th century mosque is one of the less frequented gems of Ottoman İstanbul. lt is one of the most beautiful mosques that help create the lstanbul skyline. It is famous for very beautiful handmade İznik tiles aranged in geometric and floral patterns.The traditional blue tones were enriched with red and unique turquoise. The mosque was designed by the great architect Sinan.

Bosphorus: lt is truly waterway of dreams.Nowhere else in the world do land and history and legend mingle as wonderfuly as in the Bosphorus .No trip to Istanbul would be complete without enjoying the many beautiful sights along the Bosphorus such as Ottoman palaces and grandiose mansions, imposing fortresses.


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