Istanbul & Sightseeings

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Istanbul, one of the great historical cities of the world, is the only city in the world located upon two continents with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other arm to Europe.

Through the city’s heart runs the sea channel called the Bosphorus which reaches north to The Black Sea and south to the Marmara Sea. Istanbul is located in the Marmara region of Turkey and is a major seaport city as well as an industrial, commercial, educational and financial center and trade center. Manufactures include ship building, glass, textiles, shoes and cement. The city’s inhabitants are about fifteen million.

The city is divided into three parts – the old city, the new city and the Asiatic side. The old town and new town which encompass the greater part of the city are located in Europe. The Asiatic side can be reached from the European side by two bridges, the Bosphorus Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

Istanbul, is the most populated and economically most important city of Turkey. It ranks as 34. economically in the world and by taking the municipal limits, it is the most populated city in Europe. Istanbul is located on the North Western corner of Turkey, spreads along the shores of Marmara Sea all the way to the Bosphorus and encircles the Golden Horn completely.

DOLMABAHÇE PALACE

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Dolmabahce Palace is built in the mid-19th century by Sultan Abdulmecit. This palace required 14 tons of pure gold for its interior decoration. A large collection of paintings, fantastic crystal chandeliers and the imperial treasury add to the grandeur.

UNDERGROUND CISTERN

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Underground Cistern is undoubtedly the most impressive of the entire cistern system in the city. The Basilica Cistern was built by Constantine and enlarged by Justinian after the bloody Nika revolt in AC 532. The cistern has since been drained and a few electric lights installed.

TOPKAPI PALACE

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Sultan Mehmet II constructed a great complex of buildings and gardens here and they came to be known as “The Old Palace”. A few years later, he constructed a massive wall surrounding the area along the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn.

HAGIA SOPHIA

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Hagia Sophia (also known as St.Sophia) is one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian just after the Nika revolt.

BLUE MOSQUE

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Blue Mosque is famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The construction began in 1609 and the whole complex was completed in 1616.

GRAND BAZAAR

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Grand Bazaar is most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelers, gold, carpets, leather ware and souvenir.

GALATA TOWER

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Begin the days you will spend in İstanbul by visiting Galata Tower. Enjoy the dreamlike panorama of this giant city, whose not only showy but also clearly spread topography is below your feet, rails: The mosques and minarets of the Topkapı Palace is rising above the hills of the old city, right across you. In front of it is the natural bay formed by Golden Horn, embracing with the Sea of Marmara; and in the horizon, The Princes’ Isles hardly visible in the must. On the left, across the Bosphorus Kadıköy and Üsküdar can be recognized, if you look to the bridge that connects Europe and Asia. The distant whistles of the ferries mix into each other. You will begin to notice how unique İstanbul is due to the calming view of Galata Tower. There is probably no visitor who wouldn’t be eager to know about this extraordinary city, to feel it and to see the secret corners of its life.

MAIDEN TOWER

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The Maiden’s Tower also known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 meters from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul.

SPICE BAZAAR

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The Spice Bazaar (Turkish: Mısır Çarşısı, meaning Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar..