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What to see in Istanbul

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If you thought Istanbul didn’t have many places for sight-seeing, then you are sadly mistaken. Istanbul is the home of many beautiful mosques, exotic monuments, Palaces, bathhouses and so much more.

The city is bustling with traffic during the day so make sure you select the best time to explore. The beauty of Istanbul is something many people don’t realize until and unless they come across some of this eye-catching, attention holding works of art. Here are some of the must see places which are a must on any itinerary:

Basilica Cistern

If you are looking to enjoy a bit of romance, go to the Bascilica Cistern. The intricate yet complicated system earlier brought water to the city from Thrace. The construction dates back to the 6th century and has now been fitted with music and lights to serve great purpose as a tourist attraction.  If there is beauty in Istanbul, it is here.

Aya Sofya

A famous church which was later converted into a mosque is now a popular haunt for locals. The building was constructed way back in the 6th century with glittering artworks in its hallways. The basement of the building is usually empty. Many tombs of Sultans have been recently opened to the public. The city’s best carpets are displayed in the building.  The building gives one a sense of how fantastic Islamic architecture really is.

Topkapi Palace

If there is anything that one must see when in Istanbul, one must take some time out to see the beautiful Tokapi Palace. Sultans for years have made this place their home. The exotic green courtyards will make your jaw drop. Usually this palace is crowded with people coming in thousands to set their sights on this beauty. Go to see this man made marvel on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds.

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam

The 16th century building in the beautiful Sultan Square is quite popular with the locals in Istanbul. The magnificent building is made of marble and has huge domes with running waters. This is one of the most crowded places in the city. Make sure you take time out to see this place before sunset. You are sure to capture the perfect snap at about that time.

Blue Mosque

The Aya Sofa faces the famous Blue Mosque near a small park. The 17th century building is one of the few mosques in the world which has 6 minarets. The walls of the mosques are made of iznik tiles which lend the blue shade to it. Sedefkar Aga built this mosque with a side entrance which looks exactly like that of a Hippodrome. Inside the mosque lies the tomb of the great Sultan Ahmed I. It was he who gave name to name of this neighbourhood. This mosque is a peaceful place where one can be at one with himself.

Istanbul Archaeology Museums

A walk inside of the Istanbul version of the British Museum will take you on a journey back in time. Feast your eyes on the big sarcophagus of none other than the great Alexander, Conqueror of all. Scenes of his life are shown in 3D shows. Children will enjoy the Trojan Horse displayed in the kid’s section. The peace treaty of 1269 BC is kept close to entrance of the museum.

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

If you are a fan of Turkish art then you must head out to this museum. The museum also has a huge collection of enormous Turkish carpets. The basement of museum has nomadic interiors which date back to the early 19th century. The black coffee in the coffee shop here is to die for. Make sure you enjoy your walk in its big hallways while you enjoy the beauty of history.

Süleymaniye Mosque

The unmissable mosque on the Galata bridge adds to the historic skyline. Designed by none other than Sinan, a renowned Ottoman architect, this mosque looks magnificent. The intricate architecture on its walls speaks volumes of just how proficient the workers of that time were. This mosque has recently been restored to its original grandeur. This mosque is one of the finest mosques in the area. The locals in Istanbul come to this mosque to enjoy kuru fasuliye.

There is a lot for the average tourist to see and enjoy in Istanbul. The place is full of historic monuments and other buildings famous for their intricate architecture. Tourists and locals alike cherish the atmosphere and relish the experience they have in the city. No wonder so many people flock to this incredible city where east meets west.

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