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  • Defterdar Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, TR
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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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    off Taksim

    by Frizzante Written Jun 27, 2013

    If you walk the shopping street from Taksim in the direction of Galata bridge, turn left after 200 to 400 meters and walk the parallel route. You will find so many small antique stores and other funny stores off the common tourist route.

    Taksim Historic tram departing from Taksim Anique shop off Taksim
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    Uryani Zade Mosque, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 25, 2013

    The mosque is located at "Kuzguncuk" district which is on the Asian side ....

    As it is just next to the seaside and close to the "leg" where the famous "Bosphorus Bridge" sits, the view from the mosque is amazing .. A small mosque just for the neighborhood locals prayers.

    It is not known the exact building time of this old mosque, but estimated for the years of 1860 - 1880. The main part and also the Minaret is made of wood and has a beautiful ambiance ..

    If you are on the walk on the seaside corniche of Asian side, I advise you also to have a look at this great mosque, too ... :)

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    Ulus Park, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 14, 2013

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    A beautiful park at "Ulus" district, high above hill point from which u can have a wonderful view of the Bosphorus. ...

    Enjoying the Bosphorus view is never enough. Ulus Park, which is just a couple of minutes of uphill driving from Ortaköy provides a wonderful view of the Bosphorus. The park also offers a pathway to walk and take pictures.

    Here you can watch my "HD Video" of this amazing view ... :
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    The Asian side and the "Bosphorus Bridge" are full to be seen and to be photographed. Nice area as a park, nature decorated ...

    There is also a cafe/restaurant available for "dine with a view" or to sip some drinks, open for lunch and also for dinners. Car park available if u come w your own vehicle, also easy reachable w taxi or public bus "U1" departing from Besiktas Harbour Bus Station.

    I think it is a must do in Istanbul just to rest and take some good panoramic pictures to take back home. Best time to be there is just before sunset. You can enjoy the day view, sunset and evening view and enjoy the lights of the Bosphorus Bridge and Anatolian Side.

    Strongly recommended for a perfect view of Istanbul Bosphorus sites ... :)

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    Fatih Monument and Park, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 6, 2013

    "Fatih Sultan Mehmet - The Conquere" has a monument as memorial at the "Fatih" district of the city in Old Town.

    His tomb is in "Fatih Mosque" which you can read my review accordingly ... :
    Fatih Mosque

    Its located within a large park where you can take a rest after a long walk of Old City and even there are several traditional cafes around for your convenience to sip a coffee or a "Turkish Tea".

    As you are there, I advise you to walk about 500 mt and very close is the "Sehzade Mosque", which is a must see for your Istanbul visit ... :)

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    Sun Clocks, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 25, 2013

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    During your walks through the old city of İstanbul you will come across a lot of Sun clocks. They are mostly mounted on the walls of the mosques, meddresses (schools) or historical buildings.

    Some unfortunately have been ruined and do not work but most of them have lived up to our time and work perfectly. Its nice to document them and watch them as the sun moves through the hemisphere. Nearly all the sun clocks are not easily noticed you need to be aware of what you are looking at.

    The Sumerian culture was lost without passing on its knowledge, but the Egyptians were apparently the next to formally divide their day into parts something like our hours. Obelisks (slender, tapering, four-sided monuments) were built as early as 3500 BCE. Their moving shadows formed a kind of sundial, enabling people to partition the day into morning and afternoon. Obelisks also showed the year's longest and shortest days when the shadow at noon was the shortest or longest of the year. Later, additional markers around the base of the monument would indicate further subdivisions of time.

    You need to check the walls of the mosques where you see an Ottoman inscription with a metal pointer sticking out. This most probably will be a sun clock. The inscription is in ottoman as most of them have been built during the reign of the empire. These clocks have been used as watches to show the time of prayers for the believers .... :)

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    Ihlamur Kasri Palace, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 24, 2013

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    Ihlamur Palace (Ihlamur Kasrı), is a former imperial Ottoman summer palace located in Besiktas, Istanbul.

    It was constructed during the reign of Sultan Abdulmecid I (1839-1860). It is under the administration of the Turkish Department of National Palaces.

    Here you can watch my HD Video of "Ihlamur Kasrı Palace" ... :
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    The Palace and also its garden is for the use of the public now, its a small getaway from the noise and hassle of the city, even being in the middle of the city ... :) For a walk, to have a cup of coffe, or just to relax your soul with the beautiful nature ...

    You can see more photos of this amazing Palace on my "Travelogue" ... :
    Travelogue

    Open from 09:00am to 16:00 pm, closed on Mondays and Thursdays ... Location is at the Besiktas - Fulya distrcit, easy to reach w public buses and also even 15 mins walking distance from the Besiktas Harbour ...

    Enjoy ... :)

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    Delicious "Street Food" in Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 22, 2013

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    Turkey is surrounded by seas which contain a large variety of fish. Fish are grilled, fried or cooked slowly by the buğulama (poaching) method. Buğulama is fish with lemon and parsley, covered while cooking so that it will be cooked with steam. The term pilâki is also used for fish cooked with various vegetables, including onion in the oven. In the Black Sea region, fish are usually fried with thick corn flour. Fish are also eaten cold; as smoked (isleme) or dried (çiroz), canned, salted or pickled (lâkerda). Fish is also cooked in salt or in dough in Turkey.

    Fish soup prepared with vegetables, onion and flour is common in coastal towns and cities.

    "Köfte Ekmek", meatball in bread, w tomatos and onions is favorite for locals, especially a strong competitor to the fast food chains .... :)

    I strongly advice u to taste those fresh and yummy "fish and / or meatball with bread" dishes ....

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    Japanese Garden, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 21, 2013

    Baltalimani is a Bosphorus village of Istanbul on the European side, between Emirgan and Rumeli Hisari. It is home to a "Japanese Garden".

    Shimonoseki, Japan is a sister city of Istanbul, as it also sits on a strait and has a similar look.

    In November 2003, the Japanese Garden was established in honor of thirty years of friendship as a sister city. The plants and decorative items in the garden were gifts from Shimonoseki. This is the Kamon Strait in Shomonoseki and with a quick look, one might easily confuse it with the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.

    This simple garden is ideal for taking a relaxing walk and letting your eyes rest on the little unobtrusive decorative details here and there. The garden is home to statues and relics sent from Japan as gifts as well as a variety of trees and flowers native to Japan and sometimes even art exhibitions.

    Behind a little wooden door you can discover one of the famous gardens of Japan as a little gift to Istanbul from its sister city in Japan, Shimonoseki. This little gift is one of those which you appreciate the more you see. When you look over the shapes and writings on “Kasuga Tourou” after the entrance door, you'll start to feel it. With their greens, reds, and pinks, the camellias, carp flags, and lagoon turn the garden into a kind of alternative world. For a real treat, stop by in spring for the cherry blossoms. .

    You can visit "Japanese Garden" free every day till 19:00. Even if the doors look closed, don’t hesitate to open them to get inside ... :)

    Public buses from Besiktas and / or from Sarıyer area has a stop by station just at the front of the Garden ....

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    Energy Museum, SantralIstanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 20, 2013

    Santral Istanbul Energy Museum on the "Bilgi University" campuses and entrance is free and even has a free service bus from Taksim Square.

    "Santral" comes from "central" and refers to the power station that it used to be. We can describe the place as "a factory where you could look at machines that don't work any-more" ... :)

    Walking inside is wonderful, no surfaces have been restored and everything is stripped back and exposed. Machinery and infrastructure, including the functioning of escalators and air conditioning, are visible to the visitor. Lighting is minimal and atmospheric. The space is a group of concrete levels with metal walkways and stairs between them and huge machines on platforms, all suspended on the top floor of a high building. Thankfully, there are safety nets between each platform.

    On the lower level there are interactive experiments in electricity, everything from generation through transfer and transformation to end use. There is even a musical instrument based on electrical currents.

    Santral Istanbul a major new contemporary art museum, is one of the initiatives from Istanbul Bilgi University to stimulate education, culture and arts. In addition to its artistic and cultural activities, Santralistanbul aims at becoming a comprehensive, critical and interdisciplinary international platform with the purpose of contributing to urban revival within istanbul.

    Santral Istanbul is located in an old power plant which has been fully preserved. The Silahtaraga power plant was the first urban-scale power plant of the Ottoman Empire. Founded in the Golden Horn district which is the oldest industrial zone in Istanbul. It provided Istanbul electricity from 1911 until 1983. Santral istanbul was opened on 8th September 2007.

    The Museum of Energy is located in the preserved engine rooms, Santralistanbul incorporates spaces for contemporary artistic and cultural activities, a public library, open air recreation areas, international artists residencies and educational units.

    The exhibitions and the Museum of Energy at Santral Istanbul are open between 10 am – 8 pm everyday except Mondays. Entrance to santral Istanbul (including the exhibitions and the museum) is free of charge. Santral Istanbul is located at Silahtar, at the upper end of the Golden Horn.

    There are free shuttles every 20 minutes from Taksim AKM (Ataturk Cultural Centre), so its worth to go and visit ... :)

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    Yenikoy Panagia Church, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 18, 2013

    The earliest source of the church on Koybasi Street is the list that the Clerk Paulus of Jerusalem Patriarchate prepared in 1652. The church, which was known as Aya Panaia at the end of the 18th century, was built in 1837 over an older one, which was actually dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul. In some sources the reason why the church was named Kumariotisa is because of the kumario (a plant) which was widespread in the area.

    With external dimensions of 29.73 x 15.2 m, the building is about 10.1 m high. The wooden bell tower of the church which has a basilica plan and three naves was built later.

    On the triangular pediment of the iconostasis is the scene of the Last Supper. In the frames above are the scenes taken from Jesus’ life. Depictions in the larger frames below, from the left belong to the Apostles Peter and Paul, the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus, Jesus, and Ioannes Prodromos.

    Ambo’s surfaces facing the middle nave are embellished with Jesus and the writers of the Gospels.

    The Apostles’ portraits are placed on the surfaces of the ambo facing the middle nave. There are stone icons on both sides of the Virgin Mary’s death scene at the narthex entrance. The icon on the north is the depiction of the Apostles Peter and Paul and the one on the south is the depiction of Constantine and Helene. The parekklesion is dedicated to Hagioi Theodoroi.

    Its located right at the Yenikoy district which u can reach from Taksim or from Besiktas areas w public bus or even w motor boats ... :)

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    Defterdar Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 16, 2013

    Defterdar Ibrahim Pasa Mosque is located at Kurucesme - Ortakoy district, just right at the seaside of Bosphorus, as you can feel to be able to touch the Bosphorus Bridge next to to Mosque ... :)

    It was build on 17th century, last renovated on 1941 but not furthermore .... But later, on 2011 fully renovated and now in perfect condition for prayers.

    With its amazing location, as you are in the Mosque, from one window you can see the Bosphorus Bridge and from the other window the Fatih Bridge ... :)

    With just 5 mins walking distance from Ortaköy, easy reachable and worth to visit and see ...

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    Rustem Pasha Madrasa, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 13, 2013

    Rustem Pasa Madrasa is located in the Cagaloglu neighborhood. Its construction was completed in 1550 by order of the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasa to the architect Sinan, as documented in a four-line inscription in Persian. The madrasa constitutes the first in a series of edifices designed by Sinan at the request of the Grand Vizier, followed by the Rüstem Pasa Mosque in Tekirdag in 1553 and Rustem Pasa Mosque in Tahtakale in 1561.

    The madrasa comprises an octagonal courtyard within in a square-shaped structure. The main entrance is located on the eastern elevation and leads to the courtyard through an octagonal domed portico with drop arches based on piers with capitals on the corner and a set of two intervening columns. Seven paths paved in stone lead to the octagonal ablution fountain with a pyramidal roof in the middle of the courtyard. The twenty-two rooms of the square structure are organized in units of three occupying each side of the octagonal and covered with domes slightly elevated on octagonal drums. Each room is equipped with a furnace, indicated by the square-shaped chimneys with hipped roofs located between the domes over the rooms. Iwans, placed on the diagonal axis of the square structure, offer access to the triangular spaces of the corners. The triangular spaces of the northern elevation are organized in triples of domed rooms, while the ones on the southern elevation constitute empty triangular spaces; on the southwest is an open space, and the southeast is topped with domes. An octagonal pool is placed on the center of the octagonal open court. The domed lecture hall (dershane) rises in the middle of the north elevation and projects towards the north. The load of the central dome is transferred to the ground through semi-domes situated on the diagonals of the square-shaped plan.

    Even though the schema of the madrasa is unique, Sinan uses the fundamental elements constituting the traditional madrasa in the same configuration: an open courtyard enclosed by cells and surrounded by porticoes, with an ablution fountain in the center. Rustem Pasa Madrasa constitutes the sole example where Sinan employed an octagonal configuration for the design of a madrasa.

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    Ahirkapi Lighthouse, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 11, 2013

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    Lighthouses add more pleasure to Istanbul's perfect view. When you tour the Bosporus, you see a number of lighthouses of different sizes and colors and cannot take your eyes off them. Most of these lighthouses have guided ship's captains for centuries. Ships passing through the Marmara or Black Seas into the Bosporus find their routes according to these lighthouses. Their light can be seen from many miles away.

    Rumelia, Anatolia, Ahirkapi, Maiden's Tower, Fenerbahce and Yesilkoy are all historical lighthouses in Istanbul. The Anatolia and Rumelia lighthouses welcome ships passing through the Black Sea to the Bosporus. Ships passing through the Marmara Sea to the Bosporus, determine their route according to the Yesilkoy and Ahirkapi lighthouses.

    Most of the historical lighthouses in Istanbul were built by the French at dangerous points of the Marmara Sea and the Bosporus in 1850s, at the time of Ottoman Empire. Ahirkapi was the first lighthouse in Istanbul, which is one of the oldest and busiest harbors in history.

    Ahirkapi lighthouse was built in 1755 after a shipwreck. A ship, which was equipped with sails and oars and steered by Haci Kaptan to Egypt, was grounded off the Kumkapi coast during a heavy storm. Sultan Osman III and the Grand Vizier Sadi Pasha went to Kumkapi and watched the rescue operations. At this time, one of the sailors said to the Sultan, "If lighthouses were constructed here on the city walls, ships could find their routes according to the light, and accidents will no longer happen." Sultan Osman III then the Adm. Suleyman Pasha construct the Ahirkapi lighthouse.

    The lighthouse was built on the city walls and gained a new appearance in 1857. The French restored it on the instruction of Sultan Abdulmecid. They also built a house where the lighthouse keeper and his family could stay.

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    Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 11, 2013

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    The Arasta Bazaar on the southeast side of Istanbul's Blue Mosque is worth visiting for its many shops selling carpets, kilims, Turkish tiles, apparel and souvenirs.

    While you're here, you can visit the "Great Palace Mosaic Museum" beneath the Arasta.

    An arasta is a series of shops built beneath or near a mosque. Rent from the shops provides money for the maintenance and repair of the mosque.

    These shops were empty and derelict for many years until the tourism boom of the late 1980s and 1990s convinced those in charge to restore and rent them. Now the Arasta Bazaar (marked on some maps as the southwestern continuation of Kabasakal Caddesi) is among Istanbul's most-visited tourist markets.

    At its northeastern end by Mimar Mehmet Aga Caddesi are several open-air cafes, snack stands and restaurants.

    Its a nice stop as you are tired with your Sultanahmet area visits and to have a sip of an apple tea or a coffee ... :)

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