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  • View north from the Edirinekapý
    View north from the Edirinekapý
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    The Golden Horn from the Pierre Loti...
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    Halic Cultural Center, Istanbul, TR
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  • Asian side

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    You could be forgiven for thinking Istanbul's attractions all centre around historical sights, but for me a lot of them centred around - fish. We frequently went to Kadıköy which means Judges Village. This is an area on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and it has some excellent restaurants. We would walk along the front where rows of fishing...

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  • Bosphorus

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    And where does all this fish come from? Well, Istanbul is surrounded by water - the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea. Here are some fishermen in Beşiktaş. Beşiktaş which means cradle stone is located on the European side of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahçe Palace is located here. In the background you can...

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  • Hagia Sophia

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    Turkish: Ayasofya, Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia) is a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum, in Istanbul, Turkey. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the...

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  • blue mosque

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    Take a quiet walk inside the blue mosque and be sure to sit down on the carpeted floor. I think the interior is best appreciated from a humble, low position, the height at which one would be praying. Look upwards, trying to ignore the bustle of tourists and admire the beauty of the place.

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  • various mosques

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    Before heading to Istanbul I have heard a story (hard to tell true or not), that mosques in Islam world are build in a principle that everyone could hear the voices of muezzin. So, by such logic the net of mosques could be very frequent. Istanbul proved that mosques are in every corner, small or big ones, some you could recognize just because of...

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  • Topkapi palace

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    gotta agree with all the TopKapi would be the best to see. I dont recall there being a tour guide there BUT I do recall when we went back for a second day it was closed for the day - was it Monday? i can't recall but might be worth checking out which days the sites are open when setting up your plans enjoy the trip and bring home great...

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  • Nisantasi

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    Nisantasi parking can be very peculiar.... Well, just imagine, you need to drop by your girlfriend, there is no free parking plance in front of her house (to be frank, parking is a nightmare in Nisantasi), so what can you do? Yeap, after giving it a second thought, you park you Mercedes S600 right on pedestrian sidewalk, clogging somebody's...

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  • Museums

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    The Istanbul Museum Pass is not as good of a monetary value as I initially thought, the price increased from 72TL to 85TL right about the time we visited ($43.65US) but it did save us a little time waiting in line and got us to visit a few places that we probably wouldn't have otherwise seen. The pass is good for 72 hours from the time you start...

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  • bazaars

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    Hi VidER, I have never heard the words Grand Hajj Eid and Eid al Adha, but I checked the calendar and I guess you mean Feast of Sacrifice. 1. All markets and restaurants will be open. Most shops close only at first day, and open next day. Some stay closed more. These are valid for the regular places. The most touristic shopping place Grand Bazaar...

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  • Suleymaniye Mosque

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    (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) is a grand mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built on the order of sultan Suleiman I (Suleiman the Magnificent) and was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. It is considered to be a kind of architectural answer to the Byzantine...

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  • Grand Bazaar

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    You need to experience it, at least once.... I did it twice, though... Grand Bazaar, one of the best touristic offer of Istanbul, a maze of rows, tonnes of different stuff..... 90% of tourists.... locals either sell, or pass thru to cut the way between the two streets.... One of the places where locals are multilingual and can guess your...

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  • galata bridge

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    Galata Bridge is one of my favourite places in Istanbul. The reason is not its appearance or constructional value, but the sentiment I feel for it. This fondness had started well before I came to Istanbul. One day, looking around for books about Turkey, I came across a little book by Geert Mak called "The Bridge". The author came to Istanbul in...

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  • galata tower

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    Karaköy, the modern name for the ancient Galata, is a commercial neighborhood in the Beyoðlu district of Istanbul, Turkey, located at the northern part of the Golden Horn mouth on the European side of Bosphorus. Karaköy is one of the oldest and most historic districts of the city, and is today an important commercial center and transport hub. The...

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  • Ortaköy

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    Istanbul has a perfect relationship with the sea. The straight protects the coast from big storms, and that allows the Turks to treat it almost as a river. Big and small boats, palaces and restaurants almost at water level, and a special care to turn to the water "the city's face best side". Will it be alike in winter?

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  • Dolmabahce Palace.

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    A crispy winter air was lighted by rare in those days sunshine, sun rays played on a white snow and glossy windows splashing blinding sparks all around, "not a bad day for a walk" I thought and we headed to Bosphorus, one of my favourite places to be in Istanbul.... live is always buzzing near big water.... ships slowly move back and forth,...

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  • Sunken Palace Cistern

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    The main underground cisterns, also called Yerebatan Sarayi (which translates as "Sunken Palace") is Istanbul's best hidden secret. It was constructed during the reign of Constantine I in the 4th century to serve as a well and a fishing hole for the locals. Try to find the Medusa head at the basement of one of the columns!! Located just at the...

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  • Sunsets

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    I don't have the photographic evidence to back up this claim, but if you have ever witnessed Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque rendered as silhouettes against the sunset , you have witnesssed one of the wonders of the world. Personally, I was too busy enjoying it to photograph it. However, I do have some sunset photos of...

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  • galata

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    Hearing the call to pray. Galata, The ferry port ( Eminönü) at night and where we stopped, Beyoglu. Watching latest Batman movie at an old cinema. Allocated tickets, then escorted to are seats. It was full by 6 and then 8 people. "Let’s movie down a bit". Looked over shoulder and there was the attendant. Guess what!? He put the next two right...

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  • Egyptian Spice Bazaar

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    The Spice Bazaar is also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. It is located in Eminönü behind the Yeni Camii which means the New Mosque. In fact its buildings are part of the New Mosque complex and the stallholders' rents help pay for the upkeep of the mosque. Personally I found this bazaar much more interesting than the Grand Bazaar. It was also much...

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  • Hippodrome

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    This huge obelisc is really 1/3 of the original egyptian one. Teodosios brought it from Egypt, but it was broken and only the upper part is kept. At the basement you can see reliefs in stone of the former Hippodrome scenes. At this pic you can see the Emperor having “A day at the races”.

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  • galatas anglers

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    Galata bridge is connecting Karakoy to Eminonu.. Or connecting Istanbul peninsula to Galata & Pera.. The bridge itself is around a km long. The historical bridge wasburnt after a fire and on 1992 another bridge has been built. This bridge is the meeting point for Anglers.. The scene on the bridge is amazing.. Especially during weekends, you can...

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  • Museum Pass for foreigners

    Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister announced the introduction of the Museum Pass Istanbul Card for tourists visiting museums of Istanbul. The Museum Pass Istanbul Card allows travelers to enter into Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism -owned museums in Ýstanbul. It costs 72 Turkish Liras and permits a single entrance to the museums...

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  • Müzekart for locals

    Müzekart (museum card) has been introduced in 2008 to boost museum visits by locals. There are over 1 million users in total at the moment. I recently discovered it and have obtained one for myself. It costs 20 TL and it gives free access to many museums (over 300) in Turkey. In Istanbul, you can visit main attractions such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia...

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  • Travel with Adriyatik Turizm!

    This tour “Following the footsteps of Great Civilizations” (10days):Istanbul - Ankara - Bogazkale-Hattusas-Yazilikaya - Urgup - Kaymakli - Goreme - Zelve - Uchisar - Navsehir Ili - Konya - Pamukkale - Kusadasi - Ephesus - Selcuk - Meryemana - Izmir - Bergama - Ayvalik - Troy - Canakkale - Istanbul was organized by Adriyatik Turizm. Mete Caddesi...

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  • Istanbul Province

    Istanbul Province is a province containing the city of Istanbul which covers much of its population. It is surrounded by the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara to the south. The Bosphorus Strait divides the province in two parts: the European side and the Asian side. I’ve been to five (Eminönü, Fatih, Beyoglu, Besiktas and Üsküdar) out...

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  • Bosphorus

    The Bosphorus is a strait that forms the boundary between the European part (Thrace) of Turkey and its Asian part (Anatolia). It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with the Dardanelles. The world's narrowest strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the...

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  • Toy museum (Oyuncak müzesi)

    If you are travelling with your kids, toy museum can be interesting for you. (You may interest more than your children) It is at Anatolian side. You may go to other side by ship. Than can take "Banliyo" train from Haydarpasa. Get off at Goztepe station and find "Dr.Zeki Zeren sokak". Enjoy...

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  • Climate

    The city has a temperate-continental climate, with hot and humid summers; and cold, rainy and often snowy winters. Humidity is generally rather high which can make temperatures feel much warmer or colder than they actually are. Yearly precipitation for Istanbul averages 870 mm. Snowfall is quite common, snowing for a week or two during the winter...

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  • Akbil for easy transportation

    Most of the locals use Akbil which is an electronic keycard for transportation. It can be charged with credit on many counters available all around Istanbul. You can use Akbil in public buses, trains, boats, metro and seabuses. Instead of going on the queue for coins, get your Akbil on your first day and charge it with some money. You will have...

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  • Kebap

    I am a huge fan of Kebap in all its forms. I have had it everywhere it was offered as it normally is one of the cheapest meals. I make no reservations on my statement that Turkish kebap is the best in the world. It spices and overall flavor, as well as the variety, are the best bar none. In addition to the Kebap choices and a perfect meal to eat on...

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  • Turkish Delight

    If you have seen the Chronicles of Narnja, you will have heard about this delicacy. I have yet to meet a bad Turkish delight! It comes in any number of flavors and I guess is their equivalent to Baskin and Robbin's 31 flavors. Either way, it should be on your list of things to try. My favorite store was very near the ferry dock Eminou. After...

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  • Mosques

    Looking out over Istanbul you will see an endless number of minarets and domes signifying the location of a mosque. While most people know and visit Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) and Haghia Sophia, the lesser-known ones warrant a visit as well. Here you will be able to see a more realistic and natural worship service. I believe it is an essential part...

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  • Fish

    Being as though the city is split by a river and is flanked by two seas, you would rightly expect Istanbul to be full of food of the seagoing variety. One of the "Must Do" things in Istanbul is to eat a meal of Bosphorous fish. Walking anywhere along the banks, and even in the interior of the city, you will see hundreds of fish stalls. Sometimes,...

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  • Istiklal Caddesi

    While I won't give a description of anything particular that I visited here, you should know about this area. This pedestrian-only street is a fantastic place to wander along in and out of shops and, when you get hungry, into one of the numerous restaurants and cafes that line the street. Beginning at the top of the Galata Funicular's exit, veer...

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  • Asian Side

    Not very long ago, the Asian side of Istanbul was viewed as just a few villages. Today, this is where many citizens live, commuting to the European side for work because of the cost of living there. This likely is the reason why the traffic is so unbelievably ridiculous on the two bridges for most of the day. My friend?s family does exactly that....

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  • European Side

    Most people who visit Istanbul for only a few days, likely will only see the European side. It houses almost all of the significant monuments, museums, and palaces. The Topakpi Palace, Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and Cisterns all lie here. The concentration of hotels and hostels also concentrates around these sights. Beyoglu and its...

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  • Asia Meet Europe

    Istanbul surpassed all my expectations. It is a city brimming with energy all its own. It is an amalgam of all that is European mixed with Middle Eastern and Far Eastern panache. Its lively people are welcoming, but not always direct with you. You should expect that when buying something, but otherwise enjoy their hospitality and get yourself some...

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  • Snow in Istanbul

    When it snows in Istanbul, the city freezed. The beauty of the white city is walking around. Streets become almost empty from cars. Driving up in the hills become very difficult but enjoying.

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  • so many facets to Istanbul....

    There are so many things to see and do in Istanbul - you won't be able to "see it all" your first time because Istanbul is spread out and quite hilly so it takes time to get around. Make sure you get out of the Sultanhamet area - take a cab to one of the villages along the Bosphorus, go out to a bar in Taksim or Beyoglu, take a mini-boat over to...

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  • Istanbul's BlueMosque

    Also known as Sultan Hammet, is smaller than Hagia Sophia, but much more intensely decorated. Its name comes from the blue tiles on the walls.Go inside, take off your shoes and sit down for a while (more than 10 minutes and no photos, please!!) and relax, hear the silence, look up to the thousand lamps. That's one of my best memories of...

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  • Istanbul's Archeological Museum

    The Archeological and Ancient Orient Museums, located near the Topkapi Palace, at the left, deserve a visit, if you have some spare time. The main highlight here is the Alexander Sarcophagus, a wonderful carved piece, with scenes of some battles of Alexander the Great. It is not the place where the hero body lies, it was given that name because of...

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