Things to do in Istanbul

You're planning to travel to Istanbul, but you have no idea what to do... Let us help you!

25/07/2014

Istanbul, where East meets West, is a big city with its cultural diversity, historical places, mosques, churches, bazaars and more... So it's understandable if you can't choose where to start your tour in Istanbul. If you want to have a trip to Istanbul in a comfortable way, by a car, there are lots of firms that you can rent a car.

Here is 7 things to do in Istanbul...

Visit Topkapı Palace

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When you come to Istanbul, the first place you must see is Topkapı Palace. It was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. Its construction began in 1459 at Fatih Sultan Mehmet's order. But after 17th century, palace lost its importance. Today, Topkapı Palace is a turistical museum. And it contains very important holy relics for the Muslims, including Muhammed's cloak and sword.


Don't leave without seeing Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia is also a must see place in Istanbul. The Byzantine masterpiece of Hagia Sophia is built by Emperor Iustinian in 537. And it was the world's largest cathedral for more than 900 years. When Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul in 1453, Hagia Sophia is started to being used as a mosque. And in 1935 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's order, it turned to a museum. At the present day, you can visit Hagia Sophia and see the synthesis of Byzantium and Ottoman architecture.


Shopping at Istanbul's Bazaars

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Istanbul has lots of open air or covered bazaars. But when you come to Istanbul don't forget to visit Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and also oldest covered market in the world. It has got between 250.000 and 400.000 visitors daily. At Grand Bazaar you can find jewelry, furniture, carpets, leather goods... With its irresistible smell, Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered market in İstanbul. In there you can find spices, nuts, dried fruits, Turkish coffee...


Trip to Bosphorus

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Your Istanbul trip shouldn't end without crossing the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus, called the heart of the city, has got lots of natural beauty. So take a ferry and explore where Europe meets Asia.


Walk through the Istiklal Street

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Beyoğlu, Istiklal Street is also one of the "must see" places of the city. When you are walking throughout the Istiklal Street, you can see Ottoman era buldings, art galleries, shops, rastaurants and bars and of course Çiçek Pasajı. At Çiçek Pasajı you can reach the pleasure of drinking rakı and eating fish...


Eat "Kumpir"

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Kumpir is Istanbul's most prefered street food, a baked potato loaded with appetizers (olives, hot dogs, pickles, corn... etc.). Go to Ortaköy and taste kumpir!


See the Maiden's Tower

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The Maiden's Tower, also known as Leander's Tower, is loceted at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus. Today it's a restaurant. When you're eating at this legendary tower, you can enjoy the Bosphorus view.

Have a nice travel, enjoy your trip...

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