Istanbul is a city with rich history spanning more than a thousand years, with numerous empires. It is only city in the world that sits on two continents. The city brings the perfect fusion of the best of the West and the East. It is indeed a unique city with rich history. It is the most travel city in the whole of Turkey and the most lucrative. You can take a peek of Istanbul’s cultural background from hundreds of tourist attraction centers that have been preserved for thousands of years. Do you need more reason to visit Istanbul? This article will provide you with best places you can visit today in Istanbul to get the feel and glory of the city.
There is so much you can see in this city that you will feel like your head is spinning. Here are few top must-see places in the city of Istanbul
Aya Sofia (Hagia Sophia)
This monument was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian (532-537 AD) when the Byzantine Empire was the one controlling the affairs of the state. The mosaics left by the Byzantine are still there in the city of Istanbul and very much intact. This monument was converted into mosque after the conquest of Constantinople. It is one of the must-see places when you visit Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar was built in 1453 by Mehmet II after he defeated Istanbul. Today, it is one of the sights you need to see in the heart of Istanbul, it is now filled with banks, restaurants, shops, a mosque, a post office and even a police station.
The building of this majestic palace started after the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmet II and then completed in 1465. The palace was located very close to some of the best hotels you can find in Istanbul. It also serves as the seat of governance and the sultan’s private living quarters. Topkapi Palace was converted to museum in 1924 and now you can see all the collections of Mehmet II ranging from jewels, imperial costumes, religious relics and ceramics.
Are you looking for a romantic attraction in Istanbul? Basilica Cistern is one of the Istanbul’s most romantic destinations. It was constructed in 6th century and then for thousands of years it was forgotten. The place reveals the somewhat complicated system through which Istanbul gets its drinking water from Thrace. Today, the Cistern have turn into an amazing location, it is now filled with lights and music and fish swimming around the bases of 336 columns that carries the ceiling.
Chora Church (Kariye Camii)
This church, which is a true architectural masterpiece, was constructed in 11th century and you can see it in display covered with some of the world’s best and finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. The mosaics were depiction of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and the birth and infancy of the young Jesus Christ and his ministry on earth.
If it is the first time you are visiting Istanbul, you need to pay a visit to Galata Tower to get a view of Bosphorus; where the two continents meet from this tower. Get an amazing and marvelous view of the whole city and see two continents come together.
If you love partying, entertainment and fun-filled places, then Taksim is the best place for you. Enjoy your stay at Istanbul at one of the Nightclubs in Taksim.
A very important palace for the Turks, the Dolmabahce palace was where the supreme leader Mustafa Ataturk who founded Turkey took his last breath. The palace has hosted lots of national and international conferences at the time. Now it has been converted to museum and showcase an enormous beauty.
Istanbul is an awesome and unique city; it is filled with awesome scenery, breathtaking sites and monuments rich with history to give you a feel of this beautiful city.