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Sightseeing in İstanbul

Mosque
“OTHER NAME İS (SULTAN AHMET MOSQUE) ... The architect of the mosque is Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa, a student of Mimar Sinan. 237/5000 In 1603 Sultan Ahmed I ascended the throne of the Ottoman Empire. However, there is a really interesting information here because Sultan I.Ahmet ascended the throne as the 14th Ottoman sultan at the age of 14 and died after only 14 years.”
115 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is high on most tourists’ itineraries, and for a good reason. This enormous site is the largest covered market in the world. Since its size and the variety of goods available make it easy to lose one’s bearings, follow our advice on how not to lose it while getting lost in the narrow streets. A brief history of the Grand Bazaar 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. Over the years, the Grand Bazaar expanded from this core of two bedestens to become a sprawling roofed complex of thousands of shops, fringed by the tradesmen’s inns and workshops known as hans. According to the Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname, by the seventeenth century the Kapalı Çarşı (or the Çarşı-yı-Kebir as it was known at the time) had reached its present size, with over 4,000 shops and nearly 500 stalls known in Turkish as dolap (literally translated to “cupboard”). In addition, there were various other amenities for the merchants who worked there: restaurants, a hammam, and a mosque, as well as at least 10 smaller mescits, or prayer rooms. Today, this city-within-a-city contains a police station, a health dispensary, a post office, branches of most major banks, and a tourist information center.   ”
125 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. Stalls also sell caviar, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits. The number of stalls selling tourist trinkets increases annually, yet this remains a great place to stock up on edible souvenirs, share a few jokes with vendors and marvel at the well-preserved building. The market was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque, with rent from the shops supporting the upkeep of the mosque as well as its charitable activities, which included a school, hamam and hospital. The market's Turkish name, the Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Market), references the fact that the building was initially endowed with taxes levied on goods imported from Egypt. In its heyday, the bazaar was the last stop for the camel caravans that travelled the Silk Road from China, India and Persia. On the west side of the market there are outdoor produce stalls selling fresh foodstuff from all over Anatolia, including a wonderful selection of cheeses. Also here is the most famous coffee supplier in İstanbul, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, established over 100 years ago. This is located on the corner of Hasırcılar Caddesi, which is full of shops selling food and kitchenware.”
89 locals recommend
Historic Site
“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 arasında 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.”
73 locals recommend
Park
“Gülhane Park (Turkish: Gülhane Parkı, "Rosehouse Park"; from Persian: گلخانه Gulkhāna, "house of flowers") is a historical urban park in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey; it is located adjacen”
16 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered markets and over 3,000 shops which attract 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. ”
21 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was the first flying Turk during the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century. He copied bird wings and studied air flows, than jumping from the Galata Tower he overflew the Bosphorus and landed at Uskudar district on the Asian side, around 6 kilometers (4 miles) in distance.”
7 locals recommend
Mosque
1 local recommends
Historic Site
“A tiny park with beautiful café for a weekend breakfast and a family of white ducks.”
11 locals recommend
Historic Site
“GALATA AND BEYOGLU. The cosmopolit part of Istanbul. Each city in the world has a symbol, central street. This area has the Istanbul's one called istiklal street. There are lots of cafes, pubs, restaurants and art galleries. It is a kind of meeting point of people. 24 hours alive. You can take the tram from Sultanahmet, get off in Karaköy and from there take the finuculer (the second oldest tram in the world) which has a great station and it is a good experience as well. When you get off from the finuculer you will be right in the beginning of İstiklal Street. I suggest you to walk through to the end of the street, see Taksim square and from there take the modern finuculer to Kabatas and from Kabatas the tram to Sultanahmet. It will be a good half day journey for you”
8 locals recommend
Café
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“You should visit Pierre Loti Hill, where French novalist Pierre Loti visit so often, drink a Turkish tea from top of Golden Horn To Marmara sea. Maybe you will get inspired for your first novel.”
9 locals recommend
Mosque
“Built by great Sinan. It has the best samples of old Turkish-Ottoman ceramic art. Choosen as the best, the most beautiful Mosque in Europe by some magazines.”
9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Historic Mısır çarşısı where you can find all kinds of herbs and traditional sweets”
4 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Column of Constantine also known as the Burnt Stone, is a Roman monumental column constructed on the orders of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in 330 AD.”
4 locals recommend
Historic Site
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“WHO SHOULD VISIT: This restaurant is inside a historical, huge urban park. Take a long walk, do some yoga under great trees and come here to enjoy your coffee and ice cream. If you feel hungry ; they have a rich menu including soups, breakfast, cold and hot starters, pastries etc..Prices are affordable. WHEN TO VISIT: Avoid the weekends. Families with their screaming children can make you feel lost.”
8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Historic Bazaar and shops and cafe and cafeteria for hookah... Just 3 münite”
4 locals recommend