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Yerebatan Caddesi Salkim Sogut Sokak No 12, Fatih, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34110, Turkey
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Courtyard - Sultanahmet Mosque
Inside the Grand Bazaar
Minbar decorations - Jan 2010
Sunset over Sultanhamet from ferry to Kadıköy
Will travelling in Turkey during Ramadan affect anything? Are stores etc still open as usual? Will any of the Mosques be closed?
we were in hisaronu/oludeniz during ramadam in october 2008 and everywhere was open as usual. had agreat holiday and going back 29 may
business as usual, so don't worry and have fun!
The stores and the mosques will be open during Ramadan.You will never notice out whether it's Ramadan or not in Turkey.Because you will be visiting a secular country:))
Istanbul is a huge cosmopolitan metropole with 15 million citizens and 5 million tourists who believe different religions. Ramadan or as we Turks say Ramazan is the month in which all muslims fast during day for the will of Allah the almighty. Ramadan is self secrifice from all kinds of world delights and desires within a limited time of the day. Ramadan reminds us that there are millions of humans and animals or plants who can not find a drop of water or a tiny pieace of food. Ramadan teaches us that we should help all those suffering humans, animals and plants.
Ramadan affect nothing in Istanbul. But since 20 years it affected many cities and towns in Anatolia.
you can get anything you want during ramadan as the previous posters told you.
talking mosques then they will be very open indeed as they are more full during ramadan.
you are a generally always welcome to visit a mosque in turkey as a tourist, but during ramadan you should be a little more respectful as there will most likely be more people praying there at that time.
Maybe, if you plan only staying in Istanbul you might not be affected by the Ramazan.
But TRUST me, that as soon as you reach more rural conservative areas, things change, e.g. in Central & Eastern Turkey.
Be careful especially in traffic before sunset because believers have not been eating for hours and are pretty exhausted / unconcentrated. Additionally, most are in a rush to get home/in a restaurant for dinner and drive rather ruthless. The increase in traffic accidents during this time (and bank holidays) is statistically proven.
Restaurants are also more crowded during this time, especially for "early birds". Many restaurants offer only limited or special Ramazan menues.
Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. I plan to visit Pummakale and Cappadocia as well. Maybe Gallipoli.
Travel Tips for Istanbul
Istanbul is both a part of Europe and also a part of Asia. And in the city you will see the Harmony of both continents. You will be dazzled in Istanbul after seeing so many different cultures mixing together. The city has historical sights from the 6th century up to 21st century, modern era. And you need time to restore them in your mind.
During your visit to Istanbul you should make a good planning. You should spent some time on the historical parts and also spent some time in the coast of Bosphorus or princess islands to relax, and Enjoy the beauty of Istanbul. Other vice your mind may get tired of seeing all those unfamiliar but beautiful sight seeing.
Turkish nationalism can be overwhelming for foreigners.
Making negative comments about Turkey or Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Turkey's founding father) is actually a crime! Keep this in mind when speaking about Turkey in public or if you feel inclined to make fun of the large number of photos of Ataturk which are literally EVERYWHERE in Istanbul.
In winter is really cold here
Although most of the tourist go in summer, Turkey is also beautiful in winter.
If you come at this season, be prepared for A REAL WINTER. In summer here is bl**dy hot, but in winter is freezing cold, snow and all that, so bring warm clothes....
Positive Nationalism :P
This is a new term appeared after a TV advertisement for a new brand of cola in Turkey: "Cola Turka". It appeared after the Iraqi war. Since there was a big reaction to American brands, some "clever" Turkish men (From Ulker - know to be islamist in the society however they call themselves conservatives) came out with this idea. The theme of the advertisement is Cola Turka is being sold in US and all the Americans who drink this cola start to act like Turkish. Man kissing each other, having mustache etc. Turks are imposing their culture to Americans by this Cola Turka. Anyway... During an interview with this advertisement's director and pr responsible, they said that they did not want to make nationalism, however this could be named "Positive Nationalism." What do you think? Can nationalism be positive or negative?
Shopping in Istanbul is one of the delights of a visit 10 this city where wandering through the colorful bazaars is as enjoyable as browsing in the modern shops. For all tourists the "Kapali Carsi" (Covered Bazaar) in the old city is, of course, the favorite place. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street, and so on. From the great variety of goods offered, there is something to suit every taste and pocket. There is a wide selection of jewellery, from traditional to modem settings, while the carpet shops display eye-catching wares of vivid colors and intricate designs.
Turkish arts and crafts, include handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes, all of which make charming souvenirs and gifts. Leather and suede goods are excellent and relatively inexpensive. In the Old Bedesten. in the heart of the bazaar, the pattern old shopping seems to have remained unchanged for centuries.
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