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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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  • 1. Asian side

    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...

  • 2. Bosphorus

    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....

  • 3. blue mosque

    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....

  • 4. Hagia Sophia

    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...

  • 5. Topkapi palace

    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...

  • 6. various mosques

    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...

  • 7. bazaars

    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...

  • 8. Museums

    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...

  • 9. Grand Bazaar

    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.......

  • 10. Nisantasi

    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...

  • 11. Ortaköy

    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...

  • 12. galata bridge

    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...

  • 13. Sunsets

    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...

  • 14. Suleymaniye Mosque

    (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...

  • 15. Dolmabahce Palace.

    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...

  • 16. Egyptian Spice Bazaar

    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...

  • 17. Sunken Palace Cistern

    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...

  • 18. galata tower

    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...

  • 19. Hippodrome

    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...

  • 20. galata

    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...

  • 21. galatas anglers

    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...

  • 22. Construction

    Istanbul is a very big city, that keeps growing all the time. Though the central area seems somewhat controlled (thanks God, thus preserving some authenticity),...

  • 23. Midye Tava - Fried Mussels

    Turkey is full of delicious street food. One of my favourites was midye tava - fried mussels cooked on a skewer. This was normally served with tartar sauce and...

  • 24. The Best Ferry Journey in the World

    We now live in Hong Kong and while I'm sure it's not a good idea to denigrate one place at the expense of another, in Hong Kong the tourist board bills the Star...

  • 25. Overflowing Metropolis

    As İstanbul became the industrial capital of Turkey which fueled an influx of labour into the city, heavy migration from the provinces transformed the city...

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