See the St. Sophia, Blue...
See the St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the underground cistern. Go across the Bosphorus Strait to view Istanbul from the Galata Tower. The Turkish people are the most hospitable people on earth. I will return to Turkey, hopefully soon.
The mosque is situated near of Egyptian Bazaar and is one of the wonderful tips of the city in architecture. It was built in 1550-1557 by Mimar Sinan. It has a square form and it is 58 meters length and 59 meters high. The cupola diameter is 27 meters. Some sultans and Sultan family members are buried in the mosque. Last restoration of the mosque was in 1956.
Turkish Baths (Hamam) ...
Turkish Baths (Hamam)
Baths are very special buildings of Istanbul dating back to Roman and Byzantine periods. Apart from its natural aim, Baths have played an important role in social life of the Ottoman period. At weddings and Bayrams Baths were places of attraction of ceremonies and traditional entertainment.
Women with neighbourhoods and friends spent all the day at Baths and turned day to a festivity, singing and dancing.
Although Baths have lost these social attractions, they still have succeeded to become points of interest especially for visitors of Istanbul.
At Ortakoy, the next stop,artists gather every sunday to exhibit their works in a streetside
In Ortakoy,there is a church , a mosque and a synagogue that have exited side by side for hundreds of years - a tribute to Turkish tolerance at the grass roots level.
Its is overshadowing Istanbul's traditional architecture is one of the world's largest suspension bridge, the Bosphorus Bridge,
linking Europe and Asia..
there is heaps of cafe and wine house around, you would love to sip your tea oe wine ,on the foot of Bosphorus.
The Biggest Outlet Mall
Olivium Center is the biggest outlet shopping mall of Istanbul. It is located in Zeytinburnu, 15 minutes drive to Ataturk Airport. The mall consists of only outlet shops. You can find shops offamous international brands like Levi's, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Converse, Adidas, Mango, Polo, Cacharel, Pierre Cardin, Benetton etc. Also there are lots of local brand shops like Mavi Jeans, Mudo, Network, Boyner, Hotic (Shoes), Inci (Shoes), Flo Shoe Store, TeknoSA Tecno Store and food court, cinemas and supermarket, decoration, home electronics stores and bowling area. You can find anything about clothing and accesories. There are hundreds of shops. The prices are sometimes incredibly law. If you are a shopping fan, you should really see Olivium Center.