One of the oldest cities in the world spanning times from the Roman Empire to the 21st Century there are all manner of interesting sights, activities and locations to explore here on the border between Europe and Asia.
Here are some of the most interesting locations and some notes on them.
Hagia Sophia – Now a museum this historic structure has been a Orthodox Christian Church, an Islamic Mosque and of course always a magnificent monument to the power of the empires which have revolved around Istanbul. Located in one of the older areas of the city, traditionally Eminönü or today called Fatih district. Read more here
Fatih – The district containing Eminönü , The New Mosque, Galata Bridge and many other of the major sights in the city that tourists wish to see.
Beylerbeyi Palace – Enjoy amazing historic buildings that once was used by state visitors to the Ottoman empire in the days when Istanbul was it’s capital. Also used in the warm summer as a residence of the Sultans this building has been rebuilt many times but the current structure is from 1861 and offers more than 5 large state visiting rooms as well as a number of smaller ones. Read more here
Cruise the Bosphorus – Of course the bridge is over water and water means boats so don’t be suprised to find many options for enjoying the sea. Read more about Bosphorus Cruises.
Grand Bazaar – There are many Bazaars in the world, and quite a few which are Grand, but The Grand Bazaar or Kapali Carsi is something unique to Istanbul.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Walls of Constantinople
Church of the Holy Apostles
Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Little Hagia Sophia
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Fatih Mosque Istanbul
Church of St George Istanbul
Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Rüstem Pasha Mosque
Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Church of St Anthony of Padua Istanbul