Istanbul is one of major city of Turkey which has many places for the visitor to attract. Here in this blog read the must visit sights attractions and monuments from in and around Turkey’s largest metropolis.
Number 9: Spice Bazaar
This spice bazaar Istanbul is a city of dazzling sights sounds and smells but in few places is the statement more true than in Mesilla just ISA the city’s world-famous spice market made up of some 85 shops and dating back to the mid 1600s. The spice bazaar is a literal buffet for the senses everywhere you look brightly colored mounds of fragrant spices await alongside other local specialties like dried fruit herbs nuts honey and of course lucuma otherwise known as Turkish Delight though a must visit for any traveler. The spice bazaar is no tourist trap it is a working market where you can find goods of unparalleled quality there are trinkets and tchotchkes to be bought but there are really no better souvenirs than the flavors on offer in this historic space.
Number 8: Galata Tower
Galata tower known as galata cool a say in the turkish language this “beautiful medieval tower” has been a crowning gem of Istanbul skyline since its completion in 1348 rising well above its more modest structural peers in the catechu accord. The galata tower offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city perched at the watery intersection of the Bosphorus Strait and its Golden Horn Inlet this iconic landmark is a testament to the city’s rich history. The admission of this tower is reasonable at under $5 us but try to visit during off-hours as the towers iconic status can result in very long tourist lines and a crowded viewing terrace
Number 7: Archaeology Museums
Istanbul archaeology museums given that Turkey is considered by many to be the radle of civilization or at least one of them this temples archeology museums nderstandably have a lot to offer home to over 1 artifacts they not only covered the staggeringly rich history of the region but also civilizations from across the globe dating back millennia considering the sheer size of the collection which is spread across three buildings it’s hard to summarize the experience but it’s safe to say that the Istanbul archaeology museums have something for everyone a particular standout that is a can’t-miss attraction is the impressive collection of sarcophagi.
Number 6: Topkapi Palace Museum
Topkapi Palace Museum a great place to appreciate the rich history of the country but one can just as easily time travel by simply walking around the city located on the European shore along the Bosphorus Otis Thackeray began as a humble village before being developed under the Ottoman Empire due to its highly desirable location over the years it’s played many roles in the city’s evolution but what Takei has consistently been an important part of the city culturally religiously and commercially today its residents hail from the Jewish Muslim and Christian faiths and the neighborhood center is fittingly bordered by a mosque church and synagogue stunning architecture tea houses restaurants and shops Ithaca has got it all
Number 5: Basilica Cistern
Basilica cistern there are some structures that simply fill a visitor with a quiet sense of awe the Basilica cistern is just such a sight built back in the 6th century when Istanbul was still known as Constantinople yes no that song is stuck in your head the Basilica cistern is a testament to the ingenuity of the Byzantine Empire the fact that we can still explore it today that is a testament to the quality of their constructions the cistern served as a water reservoir and filtration system for various buildings from the time of its construction into modern times though it has since been retired it’s taken on a second life as a must-visit attraction more than just a functional structure it’s also a work of art.
Number 4: Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque the second largest of its kind in Istanbul, the Suleymaniye Mosque towers over its surroundings an eye-catching landmark even in a city renowned for its architecture this stunning structure was designed by the legendary chief builder of the Ottoman Empire me Marcy nan and was completed in 5th eighteen 57 named for sultan Suleiman who ruled from 1520 to 1566 and perched atop the third of Istanbul seven historic Hills the mosque is a mixture of both Islamic and Byzantine architecture which come together to marvelous effect though it has weather damage over the centuries the city has always managed to return it to glory and glory as it most certainly is pictures barely do it justice.
Number 3: Princes Islands
Princes islands not every visitor to Istanbul makes the trip to the princes islands but that’s a huge mistake no locally as ghazal adelaar or simply add a lot this archipelago consists of nine islands and makes for a perfect day trip once a place of exile in the time of the Byzantine Empire these islands now collectively serve as an oasis of calm to Istanbul residents and visitors alike on the islands that are accessible to the public cars are prohibited with bikes and horse-drawn carriages instead serving as the main modes of transportation from the pristine forests to the quaint homes this experience is well worth the ferry ride.
Number 2: Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque so named for its beautiful hand-painted blue tiles the Blue Mosque is a must-see for any visitor officially known as the Sultan Ahmed mosque and built over a seven-year period spanning 1609 to 1616 this mosque looks like something out of a glorious dream it boasts six minarets in place of the usual two or four and it’s surrounded by a belt of greenery that adds to its overall magnificence though its exterior makes for a show-stopping sight one really needs to go inside to appreciate both the detail and grandeur of the structures design the Blue Mosque is thankfully open to visitors but it is still an active place of worship so please enjoy it respectfully
Number 1: Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia conveniently located next to the Blue Mosque the Hagia Sophia is the city’s crowning jewel a grandiose expression of both the wealth of the Byzantine Empire and its architectural prowess the Hagia Sophia has stood since the Year 537 it was the third Church built on that spot but this structure far surpassed its predecessors in terms of ambition it first served as a Cathedral later became an imperial mosque under the Ottoman Empire and finally in the present day a majestic Museum historically architectural II and just in terms of beauty the Hagia Sophia is rivaled by few structures the world over and unrivaled in its own city do you agree with our picks check out these other great blogs of TripstoVacation.com