If you want to visit the city which is interesting, is not expensive and is warm and sunny most of the year, then you should go to Istanbul.
Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city, which has a rich history. Its unique location on two continents, Asia and Europe, on the shores of the two seas of Marmara and the Black Sea, has made this city attractive to invaders for centuries – to control a trade routes. Thence the rich history and of course the rich city.
You will find in Istanbul many interesting monuments created during the Roman and Byzantine period and Ottoman rule.
Istanbul is located on the shores of the Bosphorus called in Turkey Istanbul Strait (İstanbul Boğazı). It connects the shallow and warm the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Denizi) with Black (Karadeniz) Sea.
Golden Horn conditionally divides the European half of the city into two parts. Eminonu (Old Town) is located on a peninsula to the south of the bay and largely preserved medieval appearance. Beyoglu (New Town), north of the entrance to the Golden Horn consists of a trade waterfront Karakoy (formerly Galata) and the business and cultural center of Beyoglu (formerly Pera).
Parts of Istanbul are connected with each other by ferries and bridges.
The historic city center is Sultanahmet (Sultanahmet). The main architectural attractions of Istanbul are placed here: Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
The beautiful Hagia Sophia
This area is related to the European part of the city, and is one of the most visited by tourists. The greatness of these two structures is fascinating. They stand facing each other as rivals, competing in its beauty and grandeur. Area located between them is always packed with tourists, who are the judges in this competition.
The Blue Mosque
The narrow cobbled streets squirm around and attractive low old buildings are enclosing hotels, restaurants and souvenir and carpets shops. These streets are particularly beautiful in the evening after sunset, when the streets are illuminated by a lot of lanterns of different shapes made from coloured glass.
Using the site of Venere, we’ve found a small hotel, which is set with a very cozy interior and friendly staff.
Hotels there are all about same level – not expensive, clean with a good breakfast. Some have a private patio and a lovely view of the sea.
Also among the popular places to visit in Istanbul, of course, are the Dolmabahce Palace and Topkapi Palace. Visiting this places will support your knowledge about the sultans as a very rich and influential people.
The Dolmabahce Palace view from the Bosphorus
Generally Istanbul is somewhat different from other cities in Turkey, not only for its architecture and history. Here reigns a different mood. You can probably call it the mood of the capital city. It is in everything: how people look, dress, how they behave, and it reminds all large European cities. Although the sun’s rays caress the seawater, as well as in all other coastal cities, nothing resembles rollicking and relaxed atmosphere of the resort. Istanbul has its own charm.
The only thing that does not correspond to European cities is a huge number of mosques with minarets, towering over the city. Voice of the muezzins are calling the faithful to prayer, breaking the mood and reminding about oriental origin of this place.
Next on the scale of demand among the districts of the city – is ,now so famous, Taksim Square and Beyoglu district (Beyoğlu). Here is located famous Istiklal Street with its abundance of boutiques, cinemas, cafes, street musicians and actors, etc.
St. Anthony of Padua Church, the largest church of the Roman Catholic in Istanbul
This street is a haven for shopaholics. Clothes and shoes of good quality can be bought cheaply enough, when compared to European countries. Therefore, this street is just full of people moving from one store to another.
The famous Istiklal Street
Center of Istanbul’s Asian side can be called Kadikoy (Kadıköy), and it is one of the oldest in the city.
Number of palaces, parks, mosques, museums, theatres in Istanbul is so huge, that one visit is not enough for this great city. And it always will be interesting, beautiful and delicious. Also, and it is not less important, this city is not so expensive, as many other cities in Europe. Looking at this beautiful city we can understand why so many kings would like to concuer it in the past, and why so many want to come back here again and again in our days.
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We are Gadi and Tun - the midlife runaways. We regard our selves as a “world citizens” and currently we live and explore in China. We've decided to start this blog to share our awe and adventures with friends, family and all the people who love to travel. Feel free to comment and to join. And most important, don’t forget the state of “Being in Awe” with the world.
Hi there! We are a couple, and we like to travel. We regard our selves as a “world citizens” and currently we live and explore in China. We’ve decided to start this blog to share our awe and adventures with friends, family and all the people who love to travel. Feel free to comment and to join. And most important, don’t forget the state of “Being in Awe”.