Short Istanbul Tour With Nice Photos
Istanbul is an impressive city located in the Eastern Europe or Middle East. It’s a great place to visit for the photographers. I am an Istanbulier and I love taking photographs too. So here is my photos of beautiful Istanbul city.
Topkapı Palace used to be the residence of Ottoman Sultans. 25 Sultans had lived in the palace from 1481 to 1856 until Sultan Abdülmecid decided to move to the new palace located in the Bosphorus, which is named Dolmabahçe Palace.
Topkapı is unique with its architecture, it’s made like a fortress or castle. It was the office and barracks for the Sultan Mehmed II. Became a home to Ottoman family palace later on. When Sultan Suleiman decided to move the Harem from Old Palace (Eski Saray) to here.
Hagia Sophia is the common inheritance of the people of the world. It was a church once, then became a mosque. Finally a museum. It’s a great place to visit. It’s arhitectural features still mesmerize the visitors. Even in the modern time, engineers can’t explain exactly how they were able to built it in five years. (532 A.D. to 537 A.D.)
Hagia Sophia mosaics are a must-see in Istanbul. Make sure that you don’t miss the mosaics on the second floor of this magnificent church, mosque or museum. It has many titles and many stories in it! Hard to tell without personally being inside and experience all those specilities of it!
A lot of street vendors hang around Hagia Sophia since it’s the main attraction point for tourists. The Hagia Sophia square is always bustling with people.
Blue Mosque is obviously a perfect example of Ottoman architecture. It represents the golden age of the empire. The Ottoman Empire had reached to its greatest borders in the 16. and 17. centuries. Ths Blue Mosque is built by Sultan Ahmed from 1609 to 1616 (7 years) so it was just the peak time of the empire.
Seljuks are forefathers of the Ottomans. They had migrated from Central Asia to west. When they arrived to Persia, they settled to Isfahan and created a powerful empire with hybrid culture. They had appointed as the protector of the Islam by the Abbasid Caliph. Seljuk Turks battled with mighty Byzantines and became victorious in the Battle Of Manzikert. (1071) So they embraced the Anatolia (ASia Minor) as their homeland. Anatolia has been Turkish land ever since.
New Mosque And Suleymaniye Mosque
New Mosque is built by a Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) It’s like a symbol of the hub (Eminönü District) of Historical Peninsula. A large mosque might catch your eye in the photo, that is seen in the distance. That grand mosque is Süleymaniye Mosque of the Ottoman Empire. Built by greatest architect Mimar Sinan, in the name of Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent.
Seagulls Of Istanbul Bosphorus
Having A Bosphorus Tour is of course exciting and joyful activity. To see the houses built by Bosphorus like a magic. Hundreds of years old waterfront houses that worth millions of dollars. The most popular and attractive districts are Ortaköy and Bebek. You may consider visiting these two trendy villages in the Bosphorus.
Spice Bazaar Of Istanbul
Spice Bazaar is a nice place to visit. You smell the attractive scent of spices from a hundred metres away. Then it makes you dizzy to look at these colorfoul and attractive shops.
Grand Bazaar Of Istanbul
Grand Bazaar is absolutely greatest tourist magnet in Istanbul. Everybody wants to see it and everybody wants to make a shopping in it. Built in 15th century, a great building to visit.
Istanbul Travel Clues
I strongly recommend you to check this qualified blog before you plan your visit to Istanbul. You may search in the Google as “Blue Mosque Clues”, “Hagia Sophia Clues”, “Grand Bazaar Clues” it comes up in the results right away on the top. Make sure that you have your clues about the place of interest. Hope you find it useful. 🙂
I hope you have a great time in my hometown Istanbul, cheers!
By Serhat Engul