Touring Istanbul

Istanbul is a city that has been central to  many civilizations, throughout many years. It has become the capital city, and has been key to both the opening and the close of the epoch. It is the most populated city of our country and is one of the most densely populated  in the world. 

If you visit İstanbul for the first time, don’t worry! It won’t be as confusing as you anticipate. There are various options in regards to public transportation.

The Bosphorus divides the city into two parts; Asia and Europe. In my opinion, It’s the most interesting thing about İstanbul. In this case, there’s an opportunity to travel by ferry. As well as the subway, there are buses, taxis, minibuses which all allow for a pleasant ride, there are trams at Istiklal Street of Beyoğlu. If you don’t spend too much time in this city, my suggestion is you should always use the subway in order to get around fast, and the ferries or sea buses to enjoy the beautiful Bosphorus. Also, you should use an  İstanbul card which makes transport easier and cheaper.

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İstanbul'da bazı vapur seferleri iptal edildi

Art And History

Istanbul has a deep history and its  historical buildings have many mysterious stories to tell. All the sites are fascinating!

Topkapı Palace

It’s the biggest palace in the world but, because of restorations, it has been reduced in size. The Ottoman Empire was based there for 400 years, while it ruled the state. It was both a palace and an administrative centre where the Ottoman sultans lived. It is said that an average of 3000 to 4000 people lived in the Topkapı Palace during the Ottoman Empire. During festivals this figure rose exponentially to 10000. Its design is based on both Ottoman and Baroque Architecture. This place, which has intrigued many architects, is one of the most popular places to visit in Istanbul.

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Dolmabahçe Palace is a special and very important place for me and other Turks. It’s where Atatürk passed away in 1938.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Atatürk was a great leader of the Turkish people and a perfect commander.. He was a visionary – a forward thinking,  cultured, and merciful individual. We owe him Turkey!

This place was designed by Armenian architect Garabet Amira Balyan. The Topkapı Palace was abandoned with the construction of this palace and, after 1984, the palace was opened to the public as a museum. You should definitely visit it. 

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Galata Tower

Galata Tower is in the cool and young district of the city. You can relax and have fun in pubs, a nice cafe, or you can visit this tower. . It was built in 528 and It’s one of the oldest towers in the world. It was built by Byzantine Emperor Anastasius. In this place, which was later captured by the Turks, something remarkable happened. In the first half of the 17th century, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew from the Galata Tower to Üsküdar with his eagle wings made of wood. This event, which became known throughout Europe, even as far as Britain,  adds meaning to the Galata Tower. Also, according to Turkish tradition, you’ll marry who you come with to this tower. So be careful about who you come to visit it with!

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Maiden’s Fortress

The Maiden Tower was founded by the Greeks in the 5th century. It is the only architectural work left from the Roman Empire in Üsküdar.Throughout history, it has been used for many different purposes. This tower, which was less stylish in ancient times and used predominantly for commerce, was erected in the Roman period and then came to be under Ottoman rule.

It’s one of the most legendary sites in Istanbul. Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans had their own legends about the tower, and gave the tower a different name according to these stories. For example, the Greeks called this the ‘Damalis Tower’, The Romans the ‘Leandros Tower’ and The Turks named it the ‘Maiden Tower’ (Kız Kulesi). As for the stories themselves, there are many but they are all based on a snake entering the tower killing important princesses or queens.

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Grand Baazar

The Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest bazaar in the world, located in the center of Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar, with its 60 streets and more than three thousand shops, is a unique city centre. It’s, like a giant maze. It’s a place that best represents a city that has developed and grown over the time remaining from the 15th century. The Grand Bazaar is lively and crowded at any time of the day. Tradesmen invite visitors to their store and care for you. Happily, they are not grumpy and they love what they do. Handmade rugs and jewelry are the most beautiful products of traditional Turkish art. There are various sorts of gifts,, made from silver, copper, or bronze  and decorative items, such as ceramics, are high-quality, and form a rich collection of Turkish Souvenirs.

Kapalıçarşı tavanı, Istanbul, Türkiye
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Istanbul is larger than most European cities so one day is not enough to see it satisfactorily. There are so many things to do, a lot of food to taste and many places to see. If you want you can also visit the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Rumeli Fortress, and The Basilica Cistern too, which are interesting historic places. Young people working as translators will help you to find your way. In my opinion, you should definitely visit the Basilica Cistern because It’s a beautiful place.

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The Basilica Cistern

Nature And Activities

Besides being a big city, Istanbul also has natural beauties. Parks and seasides are the best places to pass the time if you enjoy the outdoors. . You should go to Atatürk Arboretum for a walk and see how pretty nature is. The best time to visit is during the Autumn. The beautiful view of the leaves and the lakes is always attractive. Also, Caddebostan is one of the nicest parts of the Anatolian side in İstanbul with its famous Bağdat Street, which has hundreds of shops,restaurants, bars, and cafeterias. Along with Its seaside parks and walking and riding lanes. You can ride a bike and have fun. Sometimes Turkish people have a picnic there too in summer. Caddebostan has a beach too but to be honest, I don’t recommend it.

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Atatürk Arboretum
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Caddebostan

The Best Part; Food

Istanbul is built around migration, so It has no special food really.  But Istanbul is famous within The Bosphorus so you should go to Arnavutköy and taste all kinds of seafood in one of the historic and luxury restaurants, while enjoying the sea view. I’m sure that these places, whose special appetizers are also famous, will interest you. Please don’t hesitate to ask to taste something you see in the shops or bazaars in the street because Turkish people let you taste it with pleasure.

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Arnavutköy

I live in İstanbul and I was born there. I think it’s worth a visit. Perhaps it’s not as popular as it should be, because  Turkish people are bad at advertising the beauties so I tried to introduce my city and my culture, as well as I can. Just leave your prejudices about what you hear from biased media and come there. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Miray

ISTANBUL / TURKEY

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