Where Two Continents meet you...
Meeting place of the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey has always been a land of contrasts. Cosmopolitan Istanbul stood at the head of the Byzantine Empire for a thousand years, while its Islamic successors, the Ottomans, ruled the Mediterranean and beyond for six centuries more. This long Christian and Islamic history has left a legacy of historical sites, while Turkey's Mediterranean coastline has long been famous for its beaches and wild nightlife. Travel Turkey east into the interior, however, and a more traditional land unfolds where life moves slowly and the legendary Turkish hospitality lives on.
As the third largest city in the world by population, it’s perhaps no surprise that Istanbul is alive with various religious and cultural influences. These manifest right across the board in its array of historical heritage sites, from the iconic domes and minarets of the Hagia Sophia to the awesome Byzantine ruins of the late Christian Romans.
But it’s not all history in Istanbul, and today the cascade of bohemian bars and quirky districts that pepper its metropolitan patchwork have earned it the epithet of ‘World’s Hippest City’; a place of brooding artists, unbridled youthful energy and exhilarating alternative charm. Visitors can expect their Istanbul tour guide to exhibit both parts ancient and modern; leaving one enthralled at Istanbul’s reputation as Turkey’s economic, cultural and historical heart.
Cruise the Bosphorus
Take a cruise along the Bosphorus to enjoy a stunning view of Istanbul from the river. You can board a ferry at the terminal near Galata Bridge and cruise up the strait toward Black Sea passing beautiful mansions, the Ortakoy Mosque and the Rumeli Hisari fortress, finally passing under the Bosphorus Bridge, which links Asia and Europe.
Visit Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace was home to the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years and it’s a real treasure of artistic and architectural delights. This sprawling palace consists of many interlinking courtyards, surrounded by magnificent buildings. The lavish Harem, where the Sultan lived with his many wives and mistresses is a must-see in the Topkapi Palace. There are also various royal thrones and weapons of the Ottoman Empire on exhibition.
Visit Hagia Sophia
A trip to the majestic Hagia Sophia is a must when visiting Istanbul. An architectural marvel, Hagia Sophia has been an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Originally a church, then a mosque, and finally a Museum, Hagia Sophia is a great example of Turkey’s rich heritage.
Shop till you drop!
From the twisting lanes of the Grand Bazaar to the chic designer stores of the Asian side's posh Bagdat Boulevard , Istanbul is truly a shopper's paradise. There are more than 4000 shops in the Grand Bazaar selling antiques, exquisite jewellery, fine glassware, clothes, and leather products among other things. You will also come across a large number of colorful markets, big shopping centers and small boutiques displaying a beautiful range of products. So you have it all, from international brands to local products, there’s something for everyone and every pocket in Istanbul!
Turkish Bath (Hamam)
Hamam, also known as a Turkish bath is a must-do activity for a truly authentic Turkish experience. It is basically a very hot steam room where you can soak, steam or get an invigorating massage, anything you like. These Hamams have separate arrangements and specific hours for men and women. It can be a perfect way to end your trip and go back all refreshed and rejuvenated!
A designated Alpha World City, Istanbul is a truly enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture. With its exotic location, stunning sights and rich heritage, this amazing city has so much to offer that after visiting once, you would most definitely want to come back for more!
One of Istanbul's splendid historical buildings is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia. This large underground cistern built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527-565) was named as Yerebatan Palace ere among the people due to the marble columns rising from the water and countless seemingly like. It is also known as Basilica Cistern since there is a Basilica in the place where the cistern is located.
The mosque (built 1603-17) is the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Ağa. It’s built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the southeastern side of the Hippodrome (map).
Dolmabahce Palace built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there.
To experience İstanbul at its most magical, walk across the Galata Bridge at sunset. At this time, the historic Galata Tower is surrounded by shrieking seagulls, the mosques atop the seven hills of the city are silhouetted against a soft red-pink sky and the evocative scent of apple tobacco wafts out of the nargile cafes under the bridge.
One of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, the Grand Bazaar is 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and 4,000 shops. The original historical core of the bazaar, İç Bedesten, was completed by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461. A “bedesten” refers to an indoor arcade with shops and there are several areas within the bazaar referred to by this name.
Kucuk Su Palace
İstanbul is packed with buildings of history and opulence, but some certainly more than others. If you want to stand and stare in awe at some of the most intricate architecture you’ve ever seen, whilst also enjoying a more laid-back feel to what is a very busy city, then Kucuksu Palace is the spot for you to head to.
One of the most iconic images of Istanbul surely has to be the Kız Kulesi Üsküdar, known in English as Maiden’s Tower, Tower of Leandros, Leander’s Tower or Bosphorus Tower. It is found on a small natural islet in the Bosphorus, just off the shore of Asian Istanbul.
The famous cafe entitled with the name of Pierre Loti, a famous French writer, is reached on getting to this ridge on which the perfect view of Golden Horn can be watched.
The Fortress of Rumeli Hisarı, located on the European shore of the Bosphorus and in the northernmost district of Istanbul, is a striking monument.
Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is situated at a distance of 14 km from Nevsehir, and it covers a 40 square km area between the county seats of Avanos and Urgup.
Goreme National Park and Cappadocia is a unique design of nature with slopes full of fairy-chimneys, rich water resources at the base of the valley, abundant flora, and numerous rock cut, frescoed churches.
Capadoccla, which reflects the harmonization of nature and mankind, is waiting for those who would like to discover this mysterious territory and witness the unique design of nature.
Cappadocia, which was sculpted out of the tuff of the Erclyes and Hasan Mountains through millions of years by sand and water erosion, became the seat of several civilisations, and a silent witness to the cultural history of Anatolia. Cappadocia also covers underground cities. These enchanting and only partially revealed subterranean cities of Cappadocia are believed to have deeper levels awaiting exploration. The most extraordinary underground cities are in the regions of Kaymakli, Derinkuyu, Mazl Ozkonak and Tatlarin. The underground cities, for long periods used as sanctuaries, were recently renovated and made available to visitors.
Antalya , pearl of the Mediterranean region , second most charming city in Turkey, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Come and become a part of something bigger and magical.
Once seen simply as the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya today is very much a destination in its own right. Situated right on the Gulf of Antalya (Antalya Körfezi), the largest city on Turkey's western Mediterranean coastline is both classically beautiful and stylishly modern. At its core is the wonderfully preserved old-city district of Kaleiçi (literally 'within the castle'), which offers atmospheric accommodation in the finely restored Ottoman houses on its winding lanes. The old city wraps around a splendid Roman-era harbour with clifftop views of hazy-blue mountain silhouettes that are worth raising a toast to. Just outside of the central city are two beaches and one of Turkey's finest museums.
One among the many reasons why people visit Antalya is for it’s sparkling, colourful and vibrant nightlife. The fun doesn’t stop even after the sun sets. From live music and cocktails with a sea view to late-night clubs and atmospheric opera, there’s enough variety to keep everyone happy.
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