Bosphorus tours in Istanbul: Explore The City

Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul

Istanbul has so many amazing historical sites and tourist attractions, you may not consider taking a cruise tour of the Bosphorus. In many ways, a cruise tour on the Bosphorus is the most overlooked experience you can have while visiting Istanbul. If you want to take a ferry along the Bosphorus, which you really should do, set aside a few

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Princes’ Islands in Istanbul: Why and How to visit Adalar with one-day trip

Princes Islands

Istanbul has many great tourist attractions to visit, but two of the city’s must-see destinations will take almost a full day of your holiday to explore. The two must-experience tourist attractions are Princes’ Islands and a boat trip on the Bosphorus. People often ask me whether it is worth sacrificing up to two days of their holiday in Istanbul to

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Rumeli Hisarı Fortress Museum in Istanbul

Rumeli Hisarı fortress

Rumeli Hisari Fortress was built in 1452 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, aka Mehmed the Conqueror. The fortress was built in preparation for the Ottoman’s conquest of the city of Constantinople – modern day Istanbul. Situated on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait, the fortress is a massive complex with a remarkable history. The fortress is across from the

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Topkapi Palace Museum (Topkapı Sarayı) In Istanbul

Topkapi Palace Istanbul

The Topkapi Palace Museum is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in all of Istanbul. Located east of the Fatih District, the modern-day museum once served as the main palace for Istanbul’s rulers. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Topkapi Palace was home to the Ottoman sultans who ruled from the immense dwelling. As a museum, the Topkapi Palace

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Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul

Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul

Positioned along the picturesque European shore of the Bosphorus Strait, this majestic imperial villa is the true emblem of Ottoman architectural fascination that is praised as the most expensive mansion in the world.  There are 5 main parts of the Dolmabahçe Palace — Mabeyn-i Humayun, Muayede, Harem-i Humayun, Clock Tower, and Dolmabahçe Mosque. The real reason behind the construction of

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The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan sarnıcı) in Istanbul

Medusa heads in Basilica cistern Istanbul

There are a lot of great historical places in Istanbul, but one of the most famous and popular is Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan sarnıcı in turkish. Located in Sultanahmet, old city center, near the Hippodrome square, this cistern is really worth a visit. The cistern was connected to an unique water system which included also Theodosius cistern, Binbirdirek cistern and

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Taksim and Istiklal Street — TOP things What to Do and See!

Taksim and Istiklal street in Istanbul

Istiklal Street is a must for all tourists in Istanbul. The name means “Independence Avenue” and is a long and colorful pedestrian street and grand boulevard that cuts through Beyoglu and located by Taksim Square. It is brimming with excitement and full off shops, restaurants, cafes, street shows. Taksim means “division” or distribution”, and it was the focal point where

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Top Fun Things to Do with Kids in Istanbul

Vialand Tema Park Istanbul

Turkеу ‘s magnificent сіtу оf Istanbul іѕ thе оnе рlасе іn thе world whеrе еаѕt truly meets wеѕt since іt іѕ located іn ѕоuthеаѕt Eurоре and соvеrѕ ѕuсh a lаrgе gеоgrарhісаl lаndmаѕѕ that іt even rеасhеѕ ѕоuth-wеѕt Aѕіа. Cоnѕеԛuеntlу, Turkey is a nаtіоn оf mixed сulturаl and historical flаvоrѕ. It іѕ a country where Iѕtаnbul ‘ѕ modern skyscrapers stand next

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Best time to visit Istanbul and weather secrets

Best time to visit Istanbul

Istanbul has an everlasting appeal that owes a lot to its rich history. The city was previously known as Byzantium and Constantinople. It is a centre point of several ancient empires. The numerous architectural wonders remain of these ancient empires, still, stand tall in the core of the city. The different events and festivals happening throughout the year also make

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Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı): shopping and history at one place

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest markets in the world. Located in old historical district of Istanbul — Beyazit, Kapalıçarşı was one of the most important places and mechanism in Ottoman Empire. It was a considerable part of economy and daily life in Ottoman times. The construction of Kapalıçarşı started in 1455-56 as a bedesten which was named as

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