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Istanbul is magnificent city i realize that 4 days is not enough for this beautiful city. Gamze thanks for your organisation.
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Gamze, Thank u! We really enjoyed your tour, I bought a lot of sahleb home with me :. Do visit Singapore one day ok! You will be given champagne to toast at the end of the flight and will have some memories that are unforgettable. Pamukkale has a spectacular landscape that offers fantastic, while it is great to explore by visiting the ruins and alls. One of the unique ways of seeing what Pamukkale has to offer is to take a hot air balloon flight. You may choose to enjoy the cruise on your own, with friends or family and the number of cabins is up to you.
You do not have to get alarge a g roup together to rent a private yacht for a yachting holiday. You have he opportunity to enjoy a Blue Voyage together with a group of sea-lovers from all around the globe. Day 2- Troy Tour. Overnight Selcuk. Day 3- Ephesus Tour. We offer you a tandem, light-weight, foot-launched paragliding experience; make your dream of flying come true.
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You will be able to explore the vast beauty of the white Pamukkale terraces and the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis from above. Picture yourself gliding, comfortably seated, enjoying the magnificent view. The flight takes about 35 minutes and can be done between and The crystal clear, warm turquoise water of the Mediterranean, the complete beauty of the secluded bays and the fascinating island history, make this an unforgettable day out. Toggle navigation Home. Departure: Istanbul Duration: 4 Days 5.
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Sheila M. There are a total of eighty-six shops in the bazaar, which can be accessed by way of six different entrances. It was used by the Ottoman sultans to receive the salute of processing janissary. The building is directly across the Sublime Porte.
This was the military school during the Ottoman era. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time.. The great city of Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most famous and strongest ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.
During the Ottoman period, it was a very popular gathering place and social center. The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient "Hippodrome", one of the most famous areas in Byzantine Constantinople. The original Hippodrome was constructed in AD. After Severus, Constantine the Great made Constantinople new capital and gave much more importance to this area.
The Hippodrome was the heart of the civil activities. Propaganda activities, rebellions, fighting's and eventually chariot races took place in this area. The Hippodrome continued to serve as primarily a sports center as well as a gathering place of the people for centuries during the Byzantium Era. After the Ottomans took over, it was also used for the same purpose.
Above the hidden cistern is a stone tower that was once part of the city's system of aqueducts. Beside the stone tower is the Milion, all that remains of a triumphal gate that served as the zero-mile-marker on the road called the Mese now Divan Yolu , the Roman road between Constantinople and Rome. Monuments decorating the Hippodrome include the year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk of Theodosius. It was 60 m. When shipped from Egypt to Constantinople, it was split into three and only the very top of it survived.
It was erected to Constantinople during the reign of Theodosius I in There is a marble base with sculptured relief's representing the Emperor's watching of chariot races with his family. You'll also see the spiral bronze base of a three-headed serpent sculpture. It was brought by Emperor Constantine the Great. At the southwestern end of the Hippodrome is the bare stone Column of Constantine Porphyrogenetus, dating from the 10th century.
This column looks much more eroded and the purpose is thought to have a parallelism with the Egyptian Obelisk. It is an octagonal building with water taps around which was constructed in Inside the fountain, there are lovely mosaics which depicts the signatures of Wilhelm II and Sultan Abdulhamit II, the sultan of that time. The shops in the bazaar offer everything from jewelry, carpets, souvenirs, ceramics, and more. These shops were empty and derelict for many years until the tourism boom of the late s and s convinced those in charge to restore and rent them. Sultan Ahmed I appointed his royal architect Sedefhar Mehmet Aga, a pupil and senior assistant of the famous architect Mimar Sinan to be in charge of the Mosque construction.
The opening ceremonies were held in Sultan Ahmed Mosque is currently one of the most impressive monuments in the world. Following unfavorable events during his reign, Sultan Ahmed I decided to build a huge mosque in Istanbul in order to feel better about himself. It would be the first great imperial mosque to be built in more than forty years. His predecessors had paid for their mosques with their war booty, Sultan Ahmed I had to withdraw the funds from the treasury, because he had not won any notable victories during his time.
This provoked the anger of the Ottoman ulema, the Muslim legal scholars. None of the exterior is blue - the name "Blue Mosque" comes from the blue tiles inside. Splendid as the interior of the Sultan Ahmet I Mosque is, it's really no more splendid than several of the other great imperial mosques of Istanbul. If you can't stand crowds, you could substitute any of the other great imperial mosques and have a similar, but less hectic, less crowded and longer visit.
A Frenchman visiting Constantinople in the s heard strange stories of locals drawing up fresh water and even fishing from holes in their cellars. Intrigued by these stories and the legends of great underground temples, he decided to explore. Upon further investigation, he rediscovered a subterranean marvel, the largest of the long-forgotten palatial cisterns of the Byzantine Empire.
Fish swam in an artificial freshwater lake the size of two football fields and the vaulted brick ceilings were held up by thirty-foot pillars many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days. Amazingly preserved despite centuries of conflict and siege, the cistern was built in AD by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I to store fresh water for the palace and nearby buildings. Remember the scene in the old James Bond movie From Russia With Love when Bond is rowing in a small boat through a forest of marble columns?
That scene was filmed in Yerebatan. The Milion was a monument erected in the early 4th century AD in Constantinople representing the Byzantine zero-mile marker, the starting-place for the measurement of distances for all the roads leading to the cities of the Byzantine Empire. For Day 2, I also do not recommend using means of transportation.
However, he died in , before it could be completed in These intricately designed blue tiles come in a wide variety of floral and geometric patterns. Closed Days: Open Every Day. After the Conquest of Constantinople in , Mehmet II ordered to built his palace in its present location on top of the ancient Byzantine ruins, meanwhile he spent some time during its construction at a smaller palace where there is the University of Istanbul today, in Bayezit square.
But local people called it as "Topkapi" which in Turkish means "Gate of Cannons" because of huge cannons displayed outside of its gates, those which were used during the Conquest. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside. The Suleiman Mosque was built on the order of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in and the mosque was finished in The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past.
Suleiman's tombfeatures a system of layered domes copied from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Bozais a nourishing drink and at once sweet and tangy, served with a dusting of cinnamon on top. The thick drink is made by boiling wheat or bulgur which is then crushed and drained. Sugar and a little bit of yeast are added and the mixture is left for a period to ferment. Boza is ready to be drunk when it begins to bubble and has a slightly acidic taste. He trained his son in the practice and Vefa has remained a family business.
The shop itself remains a nostalgic stop in Istanbul with wonderfully tiled floors and mirrored walls and a high counter with a team of men hustling to carry, stir, pour, and dust the cinnamon on a tray of bozafilled glasses. Sultanahmet square at night is fabulous! As the dark falls and the light around the buildings turns on, you can spend hours and hours just gazing at the beauty of the square. For Day 3, the day main attraction is the Bosphorus tour.
Istiklal street at the evening. The Bosphorus cruise is one of the main and most interesting attractions of Istanbul. Visitors have the choice to either go on a full one day cruise or just spend a couple of hours on a half tour. You can find travel agents all around the touristic area of Istanbul selling Bosphorus cruise tickets for independent touring companies.
However I would highly recommend to use the Istanbul official Ferry service for the Cruise, as they offer both Full and Half cruise options with a far cheaper price. Below is the link to their official website to get the up to date information regarding the ferry timing. The first attraction you spot on the cruise is the Dolmabahce Palace on the European shore of the Bosphorus.
One of the most famous residents of this palace is the great late Sultan Abdul Hamid II, which is considered by most of the historians as one of the greatest Ottomans rulers. Prior to construction of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in the s, this massive fortress was the major landmark on this part of the Bosphorus. The fort itself is not all that impressive, but the hill is worth ascending for the fantastic view of the Black Sea and the Bosphorus. You need to climb up a very steep road to reach the castle. Usually the time to take the ferry back to Istanbul is 3pm.
Make sure to catch it otherwise you might have to find alternative ways to travel back to Istanbul, which can be costy. The city's most popular strolling, shopping and snacking street, now reserved for pedestrians, is lined with boutiques,cafes, consulates, restaurants, galleries, cinemas and banks, with residential apartments above. One of the most common scams that take place in Istiklal street is called the "Let's have a drink" scam.
It is where male travelers will be approached by a well-dressed Turk who speaks excellent English, suggesting a chat and a drink—the prelude to robbery. This crime has become epidemic. Don't fall for it! Named after the 18th-century stone taksim water storage unit on its western side, this square is the symbolic heart of modern İstanbul.