Unique Places in Istanbul

  • Defterdar Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, TR
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    Beylerbeyi Palace

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    Beylerbeyi Palace is the most elegant Ottoman Palace on the Asian Shore of the Bosphorus. The palace is open everyday except Mon and Thu from 9 am to 12.30 p.m, 1.30 pm to 6.00pm.
    The palace and the neighbourhood was named for a beylerbey, a title which means "lord of the lords", this was Mehmet Pasha, Governer of Rumelia(Turkish territory in European Side). The first sultan who resided here was Mahmud II. It was constructed in 1861-65 by Sarkis Balyan, a famous Armenian architect. It was mainly used as a summer residence, first famous visitor was French Impress Eugenie in 1869, later visitors were Franz Joseph of Austria, King Edward of England. The palace is now used as a museum.
    The palace is divided into two sections as the other Ottoman Palaces, selamlik and harem. Selamlik was the section which was open to men and where the meetings, receptions took place. The building is a 3- storey one, the first one was for service departments, the upper two was for state rroms and imperial apartments, a total of 26 elegantly designed chambers, 6 grand halls. It is very elegant in general, with Hereke Carpets, Czech Bohemian Crystal Chandeliers, French Clocks, Chinese, Japanese and French Vases, furniture from Damascus and France, paintings from Russian Aivazovsky.
    Unlike the other palaces, there is no heating system in this palace, because it was only used for summer-time purposes. There is a marble pool with a fountain which operates as a natural air conditioning. Another point about the palace is its very European atmosphere. The gardens and the design of the rooms show this. The kitchens of the palace are located in the adjacent building, because the smell of the food disturbed the sultan and there was the risk of fire.
    Right by the Bosphorus Bridge and the waterfront, the palace is lovely and worth visiting. The tours are conducted in Turkish and English and one should join the tour group which will be leaded by the Palace Guide.
    Dont miss this palace ...

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    Kiz kulesi

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    The history of Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi) dates back to 341 BC. At this date, after being a mausoleum built on marble columns for the wife of Commander Chares .There are many legends about this tower which is also the symbol of istanbul.
    The first story about the Maiden's Tower was a love story told by Ovidius. This story, relating to the sad love of Hero and Leandros.
    She leaves the tower years later to attend a ceremony to be held at the Aphrodite temple, and there she meets Leandros. These two youngsters in love with each other, bless their love with Leandros visiting the tower at nights. On a stormy night when Leandros was swimming to the tower, the love light that Hero burnt was put out. Leandros losing his way in the darkens is buried in the waters of the Bosphorous. Hero, seeing that her lover dies, lets herself in the arms of the waters as well.
    the second and most famous legend Other than this story on lovers that cannot meet, there is a snake story, similar to the Cleopatra's end. According to a prophecy, a king is to lose her beloved daughter at the age of eighteen, with a snakebite. Therefore, the king has this tower in the middle of the sea repaired, and places his daughter here. Proving that the fate cannot be escaped, a snake emerging from a grape basket sent to the tower, empties its poison to the princess. The king has an iron vault prepared for his daughter and places it above the gate of Hagia Sophia.
    The last story is from the Ottoman times. In reference also to the princesses in other legends, Turks named this tower Kiz-Kulesi (the maiden's tower). The tower, which was called as Arkla (small castle) in the Antiquity was also famous with the name Tour Leandros. Currently it is "Kizkulesi" (the Maiden's Tower), and known with this name.
    Now its a restaurant and cafe bar .You can enjoy tour sunset with a drink or you can eat in this restaurant.Boats from Uskudar make the transportation to the island

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    Bebek park

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    In a pause to breath, we were left in a park with a awesome views. We weren't told where we were, and only comparing pictures I was able to have an idea. It seems the area called Bebek, close to Rumeli Hissari castle.

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    Taksim's maksem

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    Watering Istanbul was always a big problem, wit several solutions added along the centuries. The complex system used several different structures, some of them above ground, some other below.

    In Taksim, a polygonal building named maksem was a distribution chamber built in the 18Th century, and still operating... it seems!

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    Kuçukayasofia

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    The quarter south of Blue Mosque is very beautiful. With narrow streets flanked with traditional houses in wood, the streets closer to the touristy area are intentionally embellished.

    As you walk longer south, the touristy maintenance fades, but the beauty remains, more natural and authentic.

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    Islamic Sciences and Technology History Museum

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    During our professional visit to Istanbul, to a briefing near Topkapi, we parked and walked by a large building identifies as a museum. Without time to stop, I checked later, and I think that it is this new one. Sorry, no more references.

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    Hidden wonders

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    Istiklal caddesi is the main commercial street, and people uses to walk along it, forgetting the lateral smaller streets. It's an error - some of them hide wonderful spots with typical squares, passages and small garden that we shouldn't miss.

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    Hagia Eirene

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    In Topkapi first yard, a byzantine church built in the 6th century and dedicated to saint Irene, survived wars and earthquakes, with several recuperation and adding. Once used as arsenal and warehouse, it is today, a concert hall.

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    Guards

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    "Changing of the guards" is a featured performance in many cities. We didn't see it in Istanbul, but, in Dolmabahce Palace, we saw the guards marching before or after rendition. If they have a ceremony... we missed it.

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    Gulhane

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    If I had to choose a single point where everybody goes, becoming the merging points of all nationalities and cultures, I would choose Gulhane.

    The transport stop best serving Topkapi, Saint Sophie and the Blue mosque, this is a frenetic place, with a never ending rush of people coming and going, groups getting together, people seeking for orientation, and... touts, chasing their victims.

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    Crystal Room in Dolmabahce

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    Only a few people decide to visit this pavilion, separated from the main complex, and housing a small museum.

    Well, it's nice, a sort of greenhouse where glass is king in all the details.

    It´s sign posted at your right when exiting.

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    Aviation Martyrs' Monument, Fatih, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 8, 2013

    "The Aviation Martyrs' Monument" located in Fatih district, is a memorial dedicated to the first soldiers of the Ottoman aviation squadrons to be killed in flight accidents.

    In "Islam", one use of the term "martyrs" is as an honorific for Muslims who have died fighting defending their country.

    The first commemoration at the monument was held on its opening day in 1916. However, until 1926 no celebration at all took place.

    In 2002, the commemoration day for the aviation martyrs was merged with the more general "Martyrs' Memorial Day" by finally changing its date to March 18, which marks the 1915 Battle of March 18 in the Dardanelles Campaign. Since then, aviation martyrs are commemorated together with all other victims who lost their lives in the service of the nation.

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    Arboretum, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jul 3, 2013

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    "Arboretum in Istanbul" is a huge area of "Botanical Garden", actually build up for scientific study, but also available for the visit of the citizens. There are hundreds of kinds plants, trees, flowers, birds etc and is full of peace for long walks and be in true nature ....

    All kinds of food and drinks are forbidden inside, sothat the fauna is protected from being damaged ...

    Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this great Park ... :
    Arboretum Travelogue

    Its about 45 mins by ride from the city center and u can use the public IETT bus as "Taksim - Bahcekoy" Nr. 151 and / or Nr. 153 to reach the area in which the bus ticket is one way about 1.- USD.

    Very recommendable to be away from the big city hassle for a day ... :)

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    Küçüksu Beach

    by traveloturc Written Jun 29, 2013

    Küçüksu beach located in ÜSKÜDAR where once Murad IV a Sultan of the Ottoman Empire enjoyed to swim and called his favorite beach “Silver Cypress”.
    Küçüksu beach has been reopened three years ago. This small sandy enclave on the north eastern shore of the Bosphorus is public, but beware as the currents here can get tricky and best left to non-amateurs. If your lucky you might see some dolphins!
    The district where Küçüksu and Göksu Creeks are located is called the “Fresh water of Asia”, and was once used as one of the major gardens of the Sultan, with the name “Oil Lamp Garden” in the 18th century.
    Küçüksu and Göksu Creeks, reflect the old Istanbulites’ life styles and habits with its historical buildings, poems, music and natural beauties.

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    Uzunya Beach

    by traveloturc Written Jun 29, 2013

    It’s actually one of the most romantic places around. In a small little bay that’s completely a beach. Although crowded in summer, the excellent fish restaurant Uzunya Balik’s is quiet and romantic in winter. You can also rent out little spaces where you can go with your caravan, car or tent. The fresh sea air, lots of good food, and peace and quiet, the perfect place to get up to no good naughtiness. The place is also very popular for motorbikers that visit this spot frequently.

    How to go Uzunya Beach ?
    If you are coming from Sarıyer;
    You have to turn to Demirciköy from the Demirciköy sign on the right before coming to Kilyos after following the Kilyos Road directly from Sarıyer. The sign and road will bring you to our bay when you directly follow the road at the right of Demirciköy square without turning anywhere else.

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