Hagia Sophia (pronounced as Ayasofya) – The most famous and iconic site in Istanbul.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) – The most striking mosque in Istanbul. It is advised to dress respectfully when visiting, although shawls and outer garments are given at the door if necessary.Visit the next stop which is just 2 minutes’ walk away.
I returned to Cesme and took a Hava bus from the Otogar to reach Izmir airport for my flight to Istanbul. I reached the airport on the Asian side Sabiha Gökçen airport and took the bus to Taksim square then metro and tram to my hostel Agora guesthouse in Sultanahmet.Day 12This was my last full day in Turkey so i started early and visited the Blue Mosque , Basilica Cistern , The Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and Süleymaniye Mosque.
After having a traditional Turkish breakfast of Cheese, Olives, Tomatoes and Eggs and most famous Turkish Coffee my first stop was the famed Blue Mosque also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The mosque is adorned with hand painted blue tiles hence the name. There is also a madrasa and a hospice in the Mosque premises. But you must remember to dress modestly no knee or leg showing dress are allowed inside the mosque. You get long skirt and shawl to cover your head from the mosque premises on rent. The Blue Mosque sits next to another famed landmark the Hagia Sophia. The Hagia Sophia is unique since it was a church cum cathedral previously as well as a mosque. Now converted to a museum. It is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Our guide explained that the cathedral was built during the rule of Constantinus and later the Ottoman Turks build a mosque on it. Hence you can see the influence of both religion in it. The Bryzantine emperors were crowned in Hagia Sophia. The Hagia Sophia was built and rebuilt many times and you can still see the remnants in the vicinity.From there I moved to the Sultan Ahmed Square to see the Hippodrome and the Serpent Column. This was the area where chariot races were organised in the days of Constantinople. Basically an Obleisk it reflects the influence of greek culture and architecture. The square also has other important landmarks like the German fountain whose interior dome is covered with golden mosaics and Obleisk of Thesodius.
1) Historical places: Sultanahmet mosque , Aya Sophia, Topkapi Sarayi, Dolmabahçe palace, Galata tour, Soulaymanyine mosque and many others. Best would be to get a museum pass (The Museum Pass is a one-time payment card that provides you access to historical museums and cultural points of interest in Istanbul.)2) Emirgan Parc: It's a beautiful place to say the least and that s where the tulips festival happens.3) A dinner at a cruise while touring the Bosphorus with Turkish dances, live music and shows. You have an unlimited options but always negotiate the price and ask around.4) Coffee shops with stunning views: Pierre loti, Beltaş café,5) Princesses islands: It's nice and cheap to get to but it's rather a touristic zone with a lot of restaurants but still a very nice place to see.6)Galatasaray tour: On top of which you can view the whole city7) Shopping session: Yes everyone who goes to Turkey needs to shop.a/ Venezia Outlet: Best pricesb/ Olivium mall :c/ Kadikoy: On the asian side with a lot of thing to see, buy, etc just remember always negotiate ( I don't negotiate so I always end up paying way more them my friends do, DON'T BE LIKE ME) 8) TIPSa) Avoid taxis as much as possible especially in touristic area: It's cost a leg and an arm and they are known for cheating, they have 100 tricks to take more money from you including stealing.b) Buy a transportation card which you can use in every public transportation mean. Transportation is Ok, you might have to walk a little but you will be discovering the city so win win for you.C) Avoid looking like a touristThe second part will be for cities you can visit during the winter.#Istanbul #Turkey #Dondurma #Ayasofya #SultanAhmet #shopping #Food #Cruise #Shopping #Europe #AsiaFrequent Searches Leading To This Page:-things to do in turkey for couples, adventurous things to do in turkey, turkey family adventure holidays, 5 offbeat things to do in turkey, things to do in turkey for couples, food not to miss in turkey, what is famous in turkey, places to visit in turkey Istanbul, top turkey tour packages with price