İstanbul is such a great city. It witness to Byzatine, Constantine and Ottoman Empire during the ancient eras. This is why it has so many historical places, structure and monuments. Its geopolitical location is amazing and city surrounded by the Black and Middeternean. Actually it is a peninsula. When you come to Istanbul, you can be confused a litte bite, Because city is big and maybe you don’t have so much time for travel. So, where should you see? Don’t worry! This is why we are here, we made a list for you. Lİst of top 15 attractions places of Istanbul city for you!
The famous Pierre Loti cafe is on the first hill behind Eyüp. The fammous French poet-author Pirre Loti, who loved Istanbul, came here quite often to admire the view of the Golden Horn. A cable car is available to reach top of the hill.Cross the Golden Horn, at the northern slopes was the locatin of a large Emprial Palece only one pavilion remains, known as the Aynalı Kavak Pavilion, it know houses a collection of old musical instruments.
Ortakoy Mosque is situated on the Rumeli side of the Boshphorus, in the Beşiktaş district, next to Ortaköy Pier Square. It is surrounded by the sea to the west and south and is located on a small point of land. This mosque is also known as the Grand İmprerial Mosque. It is one of the structures that were built the symbolize the opening of the Bosphorus as the new historical center of Istanbul during the contruction of the mosque, there was a smaller mosque, built by Mahmud Agha, he son-in law to Vizier İbrahim Pasha, on this spot. The small mosque dated back to the begining of the 18th century and its said that is was demolished after the death of Mahmud Agha during the Patrona Halil uprising.
3. Hagia Sophia Museum This church consired by many authers and historians to be the eight wonder of the world. This structure one of the few strectures of such huge dimensions to have survived for so long. It is masterpiece of architecture. Hagia Sophia built between 532 and 537 at the age of justinian I (527-565) is among the foremost works in the world of architecture and art history. And maybe you know what are the names architects of Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia architects were Anthemios of Tralles (Aydın) and Isidoros of Miletos.
4.Galata Kulesi One of the landmarks of Istanbul, Galata Tower, built on district’s hill, was used as a lookout tower in the 14th and 15th centruies and commands a magnificent view of the harbour, the entrance to the Bosphorus and the historic city. The upper sections of the tower were constructed in the Turkish era when it was used as fire tower. Its conical cap was restored to its original, 19th century appearence in 1969. A Galata Tower restaurant and the nightclub occupy the upper two storeys, and a balcony surrounds the tower.
5.Süleymaniye MosqueThe Most striking of the all domes and minarets that define the skyline of Istanbul are those of the Suleymaniye Mosque, the largest and most majestic in the city. It fascinate every visitor with the aestich harmony of its interior and exterior, and its pleasing proportions. By any standard, the Suleymaniye mosque is an architectural masterpiece. Restoration of the Mosque completed in 2011.
6.Blue MosqueThe Sultan Ahmed Mosque, one of the most revered masterpieces not only of Turkey but of the entire Islamic world, inspires deep admiration in all those who visit it. This mosque with six minarets, built between 1609 and 1616, is a striking example of the classic Turkish mosque and surrounded by many monuments dating to earlier phases of history of Istanbul. The fine silhoutte is a prominent part of IStanbul’s beatiful skyline as seen from the sea.
This place is the oldest and largest covered market. The foundation of the bazaar was laid in 1461. İt is a unique site, and resembles a labyrinth; it was designed on a gigantic scale with more than 60 streets and 3,000 stores. The interior, which resembles a city, has gradually expanded.The bazaar was built after the conquest of Istanbul on a location that now stands between the Nuri Osmaniye and Beyaid Mosque; it was built in order to generate funds and meet the cost of restoring Hagia Sophia. Since the day of its construction, the bazaar has been and important place for trade
The location of Dolmabahçe Palace is believed to be the spot where the Argounat anchored while Jason was on his quest for the Golden Fleece. This is also the spot where Sultan Mehmet II is believed to have brought his fleet to land during the conquest of Constantinople; from here he was able to reach the Golden Horn. This bay, which acted as a natural harbor, is where the kaptan pashas anchored and where naval ceremonies took place. The land of which Dolmabahçe stands was reclaimed from the sea starting from the 17th century and was used first as gardens for the sultan’s palace.
The archipelago known as the Princes’ Islands consists of nine Islands in the Sea of Marmara and is only an hour away by boat from central Istanbul. Mother nature was generous to Istanbul in providing such unique beauty, quiet, beaches and forests so close to the city. During the Byzantine era there were many monasteries here. Some were used as imperial summer residences and some as places of exile. The four larger Islands are populer summer resorts with ideal picnic areas and beutiful beaches. The islands are heavily popuated from May until the end of September, but have fewer residents in the winter. Schedued ferryboats serve the islands from the mainland. Throughout the summer and espicially on weekends, private boats, yatchs and sailboats anchor in the beautiful coves around every island.
The “Hippodrome” (horse race track) was built in the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman emperor Septimus Severus and was explaned to colossal deminsions under constantine the Great. Most historians record the seating capacity of this huge arena as 30,000, but some estimates go as high as 60,000.
The oldest and largest palace in the world today is Topkapi Palace, a museum since 1924. The palace is on the site of the acropolis of Byzantium, over looking the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace comlex covers area of 700,000 sq.m. and is surrounded by five kilometres of walls. Topkapi Palace was second palace built by Turks in Istanbul. After young Sultan Mehmet II conquared the city in 1453, he built his first palace where Sıtanbul University stands today. Soon afterward he ordered a new palace and fouteen years later, in 1479, Topkapi Palace (intially called the new palace) became the Sultan’s residence and centre of goverment.
was brought from its former location in fron of the temple of Luxor in Egypt. It was brought by Emperor Theodosius I by sea and was erected in its current location in the Hippodrome in Constantinople in 390 A.D. Oriiginally, the obelisk was erected for Pharaoh Thutmosis III in 1700 B.C. The tall obelisk, approximately 20 meters high, is made of pink granite and covered on all four sides by hieroglyphic pictograms which recount the glories of Pharaoh Thutmosis III and depict the anicient Egyptian god Amon- Ra. At the very bottom is a marble base which has epigraphs in Greek and Latin while there are scenes retelling the erection of stone pillar and chariot races on the other two sides.
One thing the Basilica Cistern proves is that the old maxim still holds true: Nothing is how it seems. Despite the modest outher appreance with it small entrance, the cistern astounds visitors with its palatial interior. It lies next to the left side of Sultanahmet suquare and at the south western and of Haiga Sophia. As a result of this magnificent atmosphere and the large number of columns, the cistern is known as the Yerebatan Sarnici (Sunken Cistern) in Turkey, but was called the Basilica Cistern in Byzantium.
Istiklal Avenue is one of the most lively and crowded places in Istanbul with its shops and movies. This street is what keeps the district alive; historically it has been the main entertaiment center. The street, which runs between Taksim and the Tunel, is the most cosopolitan street in Istanbul.
15.Kemerburgaz (Just for Picnic)
This is considered to be a continuation of the Belgrad Forest. There are many different locations for picnicking here. This area is frequented by residents of districts in Eyüp, Kağıthane, Kemerburgaz and Göktürk. There are paths and running and walking tracks.Getting here: It is on the point of connection of the road to the Belgrad Forest.
+ Bonus: Esenler District
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