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About Istanbul

As a city that cradles both Asian and European cultures, Istanbul has innumerable stories to count. Sitting at the throat of the Bosphorus Strait, this city is at the confluence of eastern and western culture. Previously, three ancient empires—the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans—made this their capital city, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium. An abundance of ancient relics and structures each culture left behind have been preserved. In the old Sultanahmet District you can see magnificent Blue Mosque and, in the same visit, go to the nearby Hagia Sophia—a Greek Orthodox church that became a mosque and is now a museum)—and the Ottoman-era Topkapı Palace. The century-old Grand Bazaar is a spectacle not to be missed. The goods inside are dazzling to behold and it is a good place to buy souvenirs.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque
1,140 Reviews
Situated on the bank of the Bosphorus Strait is one of Istanbul's landmarks, the Blue Mosque. It features a magnificent and eye-catching, enormous round dome. The Blue Mosque, also called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, was built under the rule of Sultan Ahmed during the Ottoman Empire. The Blue Mosque derives its name from the more than 20,000 blue ceramic tiles used to decorate its interior. These exquisite blue ceramic tiles are one of the mosque's highlights. The tiles are engraved with rich patterns and Arabic inscriptions, which are the perfect embodiment of the unique features of Islamic art.
Hagia Sophia Museum
1,031 Reviews
The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the Byzantine Empire. Its construction began in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages and then converted into a mosque during occupation by the Ottoman Empire. It has now been secularized and converted into Turkey’s most visited museum, with preserved murals covering the plaster walls. Most have been restored to resemble their original appearance. The building is a true spectacle featuring the overlap of Christianity and Islam, and is a very special site well worth visiting.
Basilica Cistern
560 Reviews
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The Basilica Cistern is located next to the Hagia Sophia Museum and was built under the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. It has a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water, served as an underground reservoir used by the Byzantine and Ottoman Palaces and is still in use today. The Basilica Cistern is now a famous tourist attraction due to its historic importance and architectural beauty. In the dim light of the Basilica Cistern, thick Corinthian stone pillars support massive brick vaults engraved with exquisite reliefs. Sometimes you can even find fish swimming about. Because of the unique air of mystery here, it has served as a filming site for both the James Bond installment, “Skyfall”, and Jackie Chan’s “Secret City”.
Dolmabahce Palace
311 Reviews
Istanbul 34357, Turkey

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Flights: Istanbul is located between the European and Asian continents and as such its airport is important as a transit terminal and many countries have direct flights to it. Currently, Istanbul has 3 international airports; Ataturk International Airport which caters to the flights from Europe; Sabe Koz Thain airport for Latin America and Asian flights, and Istanbul Ataturk Airport for cargo freight.

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Best Experience in Istanbul

Cruise along the Bosporus Straits and you will have the mystical experience of having Europe on your left and Asia on your right. Treasure hunting at the ancient Islamic minarets, enjoying the sights of antiquated trams passing by, and visit the Dolmabahce sultan palace to witness the splendor and glory of the Ottoman Empire of old. Landmarks not to be missed are the Hagia Sophia Ayasofya (Church of Divine Wisdom) built during the 6th century and Sultanahmet Mosque, one of the most magnificent buildings in Turkey. In the afternoon, you could chill out at a cafe and savor Turkish Red Tea and Turkish Coffee Divination. In bustling and yet ancient Istanbul, every inch of land seems like a historical poem and you will love it if you are there.

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Istanbul has a Mediterranean climate with its hot and dry summer, and warm and rainy winter. From April to October is the peak tourist season of which the spring in April and May and autumn from September to October are warm and comfortable and there is big day and night temperature difference. When taking a cruise though the Bosporus Straits, do take note to put on extra clothing as the sea breeze could get rather chilly. The weather turns hot from June to August and it is the best timing to hit the beach. Winter in Istanbul is from November to March and bringing warmer clothing along is advisable.

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Posted: Nov 29, 2018


 Architectural Landmarks: 10 Amazing Buildings Around the World
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Designing, planning, and building the structures we inhabit is the job of architects the world over. Marrying form and function, they seek to balance complex and often contradictory imperatives. Styles range the gamut from subdued to ostentatious. In seeking to highlight amazing architectural treasures from around the world, we looked far and wide to showcase a diverse range. Spanning nearly every continent, these represent among the finest buildings and landmarks on offer. These are 10 amazing architectural landmarks from around the world.
TripBlog   Mar 2, 2020
Ten Scenic Spots You Have To Visit In Istanbul.
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Ten scenic spots you have to visit in Istanbul.
TripBlog   Dec 11, 2019
Iconic Blue in Istanbul: Sultan Ahmed Mosque You Cannot Miss
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This is a guide about the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (a.k.a. the Blue Mosque), which is situated in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. The mosque operates and manages to grab whopping tourist counts even after the fact that it was built in around 1610s. During the Blue Mosque’s construction, the Ottoman Empire was under the sultanate of Sultan Ahmed I. The mosque sits in the bustling city of Istanbul, which is considered to be the most populous city of Turkey, giving life space to more than 15 million people at any given time.
TripBlog   Nov 19, 2019

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I recommended Pierre Loti Tepesi, Camlica Hill, Golden Horn, Valens Aqueduct, Belgrad Forest.
Here are the best places to visit in Istanbul, including: Taksim Square, Galata Bridge, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Sultanahmet Square, Bosporus.