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Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet Camii, Istanbul, Turkey
The Blue Mosque is known as the Sultan Ahmet Camji in Turkish which means the Mosque of Sultan
Ahmet. He commissioned the building of the Mosque in 1606 as he wanted one which surpassed the
nearby Saint Sophia Church in beauty and in size. It was built in the Ottoman style and as the name
implies, it is decorated with glasswork and tiles. Since praying to images is forbidden in the Islam
cultures, there are no statues inside the Mosque. Before entering, you must remove any footwear and
you should not wear shorts, low necklines, or short skirts or tops. If the staff feel that you are not
appropriately dressed they will provide you with a wrap around shawl. It is open between daily between
8.00am and 5.00pm from Tuesday to Saturday but is closed at certain times for prayer. There is no
entrance fee.


Topkapi Palace

Babihumayun Cad, Istanbul, Turkey
This magnificent palace served as the official residence for the Sultans for over three hundred years –
right up until the end of the 19th century. Now, however, its purpose is to house artefacts dating from
the time of the sultans reign. You can see gold objects including thrones, cradles, jewelry as well as
objects with precious stones. You can also view many cloths and objects which are sacred to the
native Islams including the beard and footprint of the prophet Mohammed. One of the most famous
attractions at the Palace is the Harem, a place which for centuries has been clouded in intrigue and
mystery. It shows the visitor how the Sultans wife, concubines and mother lived. You do need a
separate ticket to view this area and you should buy it as soon as you arrive at the palace as entrance
is limited.The palace is open between 9.30am and 5.00pm everyday except Tuesday and you are recommended to visit early.


Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia)

Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Known in English as the Church of Saint Sophia, this is the building that Sultan Ahmet wished to outdo
when he ordered the building of the Blue Mosque. Aya Sofia is located just in front of Ahmets mosque
and today it serves as a museum. Although built originally as a church, following the taking over of
Constantinople by the Turks, it was transformed into a mosque. Once inside today, you can sense both
Catholic and Islamic styles in its decoration and wall paintings.


Grand Bazaar

Beyazit / Nuruosmaniye, Istanbul, Turkey
The biggest bazaar in the world, housing over 4000 shops, ensures that there is not much that you
will find in this mini city. One problem you may have, however is that the place is so confusion you
might not be able to remember where you saw what you wanted to buy three hours ago, that is if you
found what you wanted in the first place. There are a few things you should remember with regard to
shopping in the Grand Bazaar. When asked by the local vendors to have a look, this does not always prove easy. Once you stop you will not be able to get away. Only stop to look if you are really interested
and if you do decide to purchase, haggling is essential. The main area ends at the Egyptian Spice
Bazaar which is also worth walking through.It is open between 9 am and 7 pm, closed on Sundays
and holidays and it closes at 6pm in winter.


     
Cemberlitas Hamam
     

8 Verzirhan Cad, Istanbul, Turkey
You cannot spend a holiday in Istanbul without trying the hamam experience. This particular bathhouse
is almost five hundred years old so as you lay back and soak in the warm water and take in the beautiful
surroundings, you can transport yourself back to the 1500s. The house also offers a massage and a
sauna so you leave feeling one hundred per cent refreshed and relaxed. Just the thing for all you weary
travellers out there.


Boat trips on the Boshporous

Available at the riverside, Istanbul, Turkey
One attraction in Istanbul which comes hightly recommended is a boat trip on the River Bosphorous. While on board, you can take pleasure in looking at the splendid natural landscapes and sunsets as
well as the myriad of man made attractions – castles, palaces and mosques. You will also sail under
the two bridges which span Europe and Asia. Some of the tours also provide dinner if you go on the
evening trip. Prices vary depending on the season and type of tour which you avail of.


The Hippodrome

Meydani, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Take a step back in time, well back to 203AD to be precise, and picture the chariot races and bloody
massacres that took place in this very arena. Here you can see the Magnetic Column or Walled Obelisk
which was erected in the tenth century, the Serpentine Column which now only stands at seventy five percent of its original eight metres and the Obelisk of Tutmosis. This dates from the thirteenth century
BC and consists of a solid block of granite weighing over sixty tons. The four sides of the obelisk are
covered from top to bottome with hieroglyphics celebrating the pharaoh. What remains today stands
at over sixty five feet tall and yet is just one third of the original structure. At the northern end of the
Hippodrome you will also see the Fountain of Welhelm the Second. So, you have no excuse, all these
historical and magnificient structures in one place, it could not be any easier.Open from Tuesday to
Sunday between 9.30am and 4.00pm.

Yerebatan Cistern

Yerebatan Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
The Underground Cistern or Yerenbatan Sarayi (Underground Palace in Turkish)was built in the sixth
century and is 70 metres wide and 140 metres long. It is supported by 336 magnificent columns two
of which are adorned with carved sculptures of the head of Medusa. The cistern has been renovated
and is now open to the public on a daily basis. Now, while you walk underneath it you are treated to
classical background music as you wash the fish swimming in the water. It is certainly an attraction
with a difference.

  • Archaeology Museums (Arkeoloji Müzeleri)
  • Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe Sarayı)   
  • Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)
  • Flower Passage (Çiçek Pasajı)
  • Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)
  • Golden Horn (Haliç)
  • Istiklal Street (İstiklal Caddesi)
  • Nevizade Street (Nevizade Sokak)
  • Taksim Square (Taksim Meydanı)
  • Tunnel (Tünel)

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