There is more to see......
There is more to see... BESIKTAS... In fact you better not waste your time there and directly go to Ortakoy, The place to watch the sea when you are drinking great Turkish tea or if you are hungry you can have some delicious Baked potato (don't forget to ask for more stuff to put in)...
The Bridges Of The Bosphorus
Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans 2 continents, has 2 huge suspension bridges that traverse the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia. The bridges, having been built to ease the extreme traffic congestion of the city, have also had a cosmetic effect, adding a modern appearance to a city with so many historical icons. The first bridge, known as the Bosphorus Bridge, stretches from Ortaköy on the European side to Beylerbeyi on the Asian side, and was completed in 1973. The second, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, extends from Hisarüstü on the European side to Kavacik on the Asian side, and was completed in 1988. Both bridges charge a toll to cross from Europe to Asia, but the reverse direction is free of charge. Over 300,000 vehicles travel across the bridges daily.
It's good to have a little daypack to wear while walking (you'll want to carry water with you probably). Just for safety, make sure someone can't open it without you knowing from behind, especially if you are in very crowded markets. Take some kind of anti-diarhea medication. Much better to have it if you need it! Drink lots of water (bottled) if you are there in the summer and are walking a lot, it's easy to get dehydrated.
MANSIONS, SMALL PALACES
Küçüksu Small Palace
Built by Abdulmecit I in the middle of the 19th century, it was used as a summer residence. (Open every day except Monday and Thursday). Aynalý Kavak Summer Pavilion
Originally built in the 18th century and later restored by various sultans, the Aynali Kavak Summer Pavilion assumed its name, Mirrored Poplar, when its famed mirrors, a gift from the Venetians, were installed in 1718. This palace on the Golden Horn is one of the most beautiful examples of traditional Turkish architecture. Open days to visit: Everyday except Monday and Thursday. Ihlamur Köþkü
The 19th-century lhlamur Pavilion is named for the linden trees that grow in its gardens. Now in the heart of metropolitan Istanbul, when it was originally constructed, the pavilion lay in the rolling countryside that surrounded the city.
The Merasim Pavilion was used for official ceremonies while the Maiyet Pavilion sheltered the sultan's entourage and, on occasions, his harem on their excursions out of the palace confines. Open days to visit: Everyday except Monday and Thursday. Maslak Pavilion
The Maslak Pavilions on a shady green hill were conceived by Sultan Abdulaziz as hunting lodges. These are particularly noteworthy as superb examples of the late 19 thcentury Ottoman decorative style.Open days to visit: Everyday except Monday and Thursday. Florya Sea Pavilion
The Florya Ataturk Sea Pavilion served as a summer residence for Turkish presidents, beginning with Ataturk Built in 1935 in a T-shaped design on land jutting out over the Sea of Marmara, this building serves as a showcase for some of the loveliest examples of early 20th century furnish ings.Open days to visit: Everyday except Monday and Thursday.
MONUMENTS AND SQUARES
The ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life, stood in the area that is now in front of the Blue Mosque. The area is now named for the mosque, Sultanahmet. Of the monuments which once decorated it only three remain: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Remains from the curved end of the Hippodrome wall can be seen on the southwest side of these three monuments. Today the square forms the center of Istanbul's historical, cultural and touristic pursuits. Take particular note of the surrounding wooden houses, especially the 18th century homes on Sogukcesme Street. Delightfully restored, they have a new lease on life as small hotels; one houses a fascinating library of books on Istanbul. Theodosius Obelisk
It is originally an Egypt piece of art. It is
erected on 1547 B. C. in the name of Pharaoh III. Tutmosis (Toothmesis) in Heliopolis. It is made up of pink granite and in a single piece. II. Toothmesis's victories are written on it with hieroglyph. It is brought to Istanbul by Byzantine Emperor I. Theodosius on 390, and erected to Hippodrome. I. Theodosius, sons, wife, Arkedios, Honorios as well as Emperor II. Valantinianos can be seen on relieves on the basement. Also Hippodrome scenes and erection of the monument showing pictures are present. Gotlar Column
It is a very ancient monument, which remains with no change from Roman Period and at the entrance of Gülhane Park Sarayburnu entrance at external garden of Topkapý Palace. 3rd or 4th century erected this column is composed of a 15 m. high monolith marble on a high basement. Column head is adorned with eagle rigging with Corinthian method. Monument is also known as 'Gots' Column' due to inscription lines mentioning victory against Gots. Çemberlitaþ (Constantine Obelisk)
This monument, also known as Çemberlitaþ obelisk, and erected in the name of Constantine in the middle of an oval square on the second hill of the city on 330 A. D. due to the moving of capital city from Roma to Istanbul, could remain as shorter than its original. Yýlanlý Obelisk (Burmalý Obelisk)
This obelisk is imported from Apollon Temple in Delphi to Istanbul during 4th century. It is one of the oldest monuments in Istanbul. It is known that the original one is constructed on 409 B. C. It is made up of melting and molding the guns of Persia army due to a victory of United Greek sites against Persians. Beyazýt Square
It is constructed as the biggest
square of the city on 393 A. D. during Emperor Teodosius period. It is named as 'Form Tauri' square due to bronze bull heads on the gargantuan victory cases in the middle of it. Today only a few marble block and column had remained from victory case on which statute of the Emperor rises. There is Istanbul University instead of first palace constructed by Fatih at north. University entrance monumental gate and fire tower in the garden are 19th century structures. Square decorating and naming 15th century Beyazýt Mosque is the neighbor of crowd and lively Kapalý Çarþý, and theology, hamam and shps can only remain today from the kulliye of this place.
It is one of the aqueducts constructed by Mimar Sinan. It is in the Alibey river valley. There are 4 big aqueducts in the middle of it. Uzun Aqueduct
It is one of the aqueducts constructed by Mimar Sinan. It is approximately 1500 m north west from Kemerburgaz. It is constructed during Kanuni Sultan Süleyman period. Güzelce Aqueduct
Piece of art also known as Cebeci Köy Aqueduct is constructed by Mimar Sinan during Kanuni Sultan Süleyman period. It is 1500 m east of Cebeci Village, south of Kemerburgaz. Bahçeköy Aqueduct
Aqueduct, which is also known as Sultan Mahmut Aqueductis 1 km. away from Bahçeköy through Büyükdere. It is completed on 1731 during I. Mahmut period.
Sultanahmet Fountain (III. Ahmet Fountain)
It is in front of Bab - ý Hümayun
gate of Topkapý palace. Wooden eaves' adornments as well as masonry and bronze working writings at four sides of the building are master pieces of art. Fountain, had been slipped of the classical period's modest lines, and become unique among its examples with its elegancy of calligraphies, richness and beauty. Üsküdar III. Ahmet Fountain
It is at the wharf square in Üsküdar. It is constructed on 1728. It is square fountain with wooden ceiling and four sides, and a master piece of architecture, calligraphy, masonry and poetry arts. German Fountain
It is at the Sultanahmet square within park. It is fully constructed in Germany in the memories of German Emperor II. Wilhelm's second Istanbul visit, and imported to Istanbul and erected on the prepared arches. Three domes of this fountain, whose opening ceremony is made on the first day of 20th century, 1st January, 1901'de is covered with golden mosaic. Tophane Fountain
It is at the Tophane Square. Palace Senior Architect, Mehmet Aða is appointed to construct this on 1732 by I. Mahmut. Beykoz Ishak Aða Fountain
It is in Beykoz province in Istanbul. It is one of the most beautiful fountain monuments in Turkey. Ayazma Fountain
It is in Ayazma Mosque courtyard in Üsküdar. Fountain, constructed by III. Mustafa during 18th century holds that period's architectural characteristics. Azapkapý Saliha Sultan Fountain
It is constructed by Sultan I. Mahmut in the memory of his mother, Saliha Sultan on 1732. Göksu Fountain
It is constructed by Sultan III. Mustafa's wife and III. Selim's mother, Mihriþah Sultan. Esma Sultan Fountain
It is constructed by III. Ahmet's daughter, Esma Sultan on 1799. It is a sample of square fountains. Mausoleums
Hagia Sophia Mausoleums, III. Murat Mausoleum, III. Mehmet Mausoleum, Mimar Sinan Mausoleum, Barbaros Hayrettin Paþa Mausoleum, Sultan II. Mahmut Mausoleum should be visited.
National and Natural Parks
Göknarlýk Nature Protection Area
Istanbul Natural Monuments
Polonezköy Natural Park
Islands, Yýldýz Park, Emirgan Grove, Gülhane Park, Bosporus, Strait, Belgrad Forest, Atatürk Forest, Çamlýca, Taþdelen, Beykoz Meadow, Karakulak, Polonezköy, Küçük and Büyükçekmece Lakes, Kumburgaz, Kilyos, Piyerloti Coffee House and Þile are the recreations that should be seen.
There are beaches in Büyükada, Beykoz, Poyrazköy, Kilyos and Sarýyer.
Camp - Caravan
It is possible to find camping areas in Silivri, Büyükçekmece, Küçük Çekmece, Florya, Ataköy, Bakýrköy, Kilyos and Þile. Hunt Tourism
It is possible to perform hunt tourism in Bakýrköy, Çatalca, Beykoz and Þile.
Bakýrköy: Around Küçüçekmece lake rarely duck and wild goose, around Alibeyköy dam lake duck and goose, in the region allowed for hunting in Belgrad forests around Kemerburgaz wild boar, fox, rarely jackal and wolf, in dense forests woodcock, pheasant and wild pigeon hunting is performed.
Çatalca: It is most adequate district of Istanbul for hunting. At north west, Yalýköy region is determined as roe and pheasant production area. Other than this, at Binkýlýç and environs, wild boar, woodcock and wild pigeon, rabbit and fox hunting is performed. On the high hills of Istranca Mountains and in dense forests it is possible to see wolf very rarely. Woodcock hunt can be performed during resting periods while migration. Quail and freckle partridge hunting can be performed in open areas in the plains or between forests (south parts). Water buffalo which are separated from their herds and become wild within the forest, and faced rarely in our country, can be hunt with the permission of borough master. Calm water and municipal lakes, are appropriate regions for duck and wild goose hunt. Also above mentioned duck, goose and water birds hunt is performed in the small rivers and lakes in the environment. Within the province territories of south regions quail, stoke dove, freckle partridge, rabbit and fox hunting is appropriate. In the north regions, at forest areas, wild boar and woodcock hunts are performed. Sinekli region is determined as pheasant protection area.
Beykoz: At north east part of province territory you can hunt woodcock, rabbit and fox as well as rarely mountain partridge. Around Ömerli dam lake, duck and goose hunt can be performed. In dense forest areas, wild board hunt is also performed.
Þile: In the Asia side, it is the best hunting grounds of the city. Forests at Black Sea coast are the appropriate regions for wild boar and woodcock. During migration periods in environ river and small lakes (Rez and Riva) wild goose and wild duck hunt is performed. Yatçýlýk
Istanbul is also a popular starting point for yachtsmen. Yachtsmen can reach Black Sea harbors and Istanbul Strait and Marinas via European channel system and Rhine and Tuna with European internal seas from North Sea, and can reach Turkish Mediterranean coasts and marinas. Beautiful bays of Islands and Bosporus, under the bridges lying between two continents, are also preferred routes for yachtsmen.
There are two big marinas of the region.
There are two golf facilities, who has operation license from Ministry of Tourism in Istanbul.
Golf Facilities Congress Centers
Istanbul is one of the most dense cities of Turkey in connection with congress tourism due to its position, history and natural beauties as well as richness of transportation possibilities.
nr.1 for Shopping
Most of the people do not come here for shopping, some of them are just passing by (making a shortcut through the bazaar), some of them are here as tourists not shoppers (just exploring). And I would say there are things to explore and see, even if you don't want to buy anything. You can take a walk in labirint of streets, streets in gold or silver, carpets or local crafts. And it's pretty much the same as it was hundreds years ago. You can buy for cheap silver here (if you know how!). Most of tourists buy T-shirts (with Istanbul inscription) from here. You can also buy small craft art itimes. Ask for NAZAR (The Evel eye to protect you, its blue/green color and its practically on every corner). Do not expect to find real antiques here! You already heard that you have to bargain here! And here is no exception... (esspecialy here)... there are no price tags here of course!
Check on my 'How to bargain tip' if you want to leran how to buy things for less!