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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Turkish bath (Hamam) in Istanbul: best hammams and what to expect

Istanbul hammams

Although modern Turks do most of their bathing at home, the public hammam remains a major part of the Turkish culture. A Turkish bath (hammam) is a place for cleansing, relaxation and rejuvenation. The benefits of the Turkish bath are immediately visible, as you step out of a hammam your skin will glow with life, the bags around your eyes

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The Top 15 Places To See and Visit in Istanbul

TOP 15 places to visit in Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful place. One of the best picturesque destinations in the world, and it holds a plethora of attractions that will make your visit to the city an unforgettable experience. The ancient city is world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning sceneries, magnificent edifices and the uninterrupted beauty of  her ancient monuments. There are numerous attraction sites

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