The city of Istanbul standing on the Bosphorus Strait is said to be the junction between Europe and Asia. It is a city that exquisitely blends the past, the present and the future. It joins people and cultures from two different continents and the modernity of Europe is seen contrasting the mysticism of Asia at every turn in this world’s greatest metropolis. The mix of contemporary, modern and historical makes the sights of Istanbul famous all over the world and they are truly pleasant for the eyes. If you want to take a walk along the borders of continents than book a holiday in Istanbul with the best holiday booking sites.
The most famous attractions of Istanbul, Turkey include the;
This without a doubt is one of the world’s greatest architectural achievement, built by the Byzantine emperor. The Hagia Sophia has been transformed from a church to a mosque and then to a museum that displays the most beautiful and splendid Byzantine mosaics. The Hagia Sophia to date is one of the most cherished landmark of Istanbul.
This was built in the 15th century by the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and remained their ruling place until the 19th century. The palace is surrounded by lush green gardens and pavilions. And also gives you a breathtaking view of the Sea of Marmara, Golden Horn and Bosphorus.
This wonderful house of worship built in the 17th century by Sultan Ahmet, has a place of its own in the list of famous places around the world due to its intricate tulip designs and ceramic tiles of the exterior that give a blue reflection of the whole mosque is the sun. It is truly a sight to behold.
This fascinating underground cistern of byzantine engineering was once responsible for supplying water to the whole city of Istanbul. Currently it is a beautiful sight with dim lightning, walkways, aquatic life and classical music.
Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of the largest indoor market of the world. The colourful bazaar is the best place to buy all kinds of famous cultural souvenirs of Turkey. It’s famous for Persian carpets, hand crafted ceramics, antique jewels and coins, spices and antique Persian furniture.
This center of Byzantine public life and chariot races was built in a time period of 203- 330 AD. The sights to see include the Egyptian obelisk, Serpent Column, stone obelisk, and gallery walls.
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
This museum overlooks the Hippodrome and is housed in the palace of Ibrahin Pasa. Therefore it is rich in Turkish history of the Ottoman Empire and the Byzantines.
There is a lot to see in Turkey even after these top attractions and those include Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Süleymaniye Mosque, Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı), Dolmabahçe Palace, Chora Church and Galata Tower.
Traditional Foods of Istanbul, Turkey
Corba – a delicious black cabbage soup
Lahmacun – A kind of Turkish burrito with spices, herbs, meat and minced vegetables.
Kebap – this is a general name for a wide variety delicious meatballs!
Döner – a dish of beaten and seasoned meat treated with herbs and spices.
Köfte – Turkish meatballs of different shapes and tastes
Kuzu Tandır - an ancient dish of lamb cooked in a clay oven.
All these Turkish Cuisines are easily available all around the city in various forms and flavors. But they are sure to leave your taste buds tingling!
Istanbul is not known as the world’s most gorgeous and mysterious city for nothing. If you want to explore and unravel the mystery of this capital of Turkey than make a booking with the best holiday booking sites and start your Turkey Tour now!