Istanbul Attractions

 

There are so much to see in Istanbul! It will take a lifetime to fully experience Istanbul. I am particularly interested to learn about the ancient history, art and architecture of this city, which bridges Asia and Europe, both physically and culturally. If you have not visited Istanbul before, I highly recommend the following historic sites that you “must see” and something that you “must try” ! Enjoy!

Underground Basilica Cistern—-It is a beautiful piece of Byzantine engineering, mainly to satisfy the growing water demands of the Great Palace.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque or The Blue Mosque

Stepping inside the famous Blue Mosque….wow…it is so beautiful! The interior has dim lighting and is intensely decorated. The low-hanging chandeliers were designed for oil lamps with floating wicks. This technique allows the architect to fill the walls with decorative windows. The blue ceramic tiles called Iznik tiles, are used extensively to decorate the mosque.

 

 

 Looking back at the Blue Mosque in the Sultan Ahmed Park, I am overwhelmed by its size, majesty and splendor!
Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument in Istanbul. It was once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. Scholars always comment that Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis of the cultures and civilizations of both the Ottoman and Byzantium Empires. This picture shows the artful use of light which creates the interior’s stunning effect. All the architectural elements, including the decorative pieces, are placed in a symmetrical fashion, typically showing the basic principle of Byzantine arc
 
 
 
The Statue of Sappho
This is my favorite piece in the Archaeological Museum. The famous phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” comes from this famous female poet of antiquity, Sappho, who was born on the Greek island of Lesbos 2,700 yrs ago. The Greek philosopher Plato called her the tenth Muse.
  
 
The main shore gate of Dolmabahce Palace
which is located along the European shore of the Bosphorus Strait.
  
 
 
 
The Spice Market
Many of our friends bought saffron, the most expensive spice in the spice marketworld 
 
 Turkish Coffee
 
I think no trip in turkey should be completed without a taste of the Turkish Coffee and an experience at the Turkish Bath. I will come back for the coffee, but not the bath. Why? You’d better try!
 
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13 comments

  1. Nice blog, just to let you know that the church you describe as Hagia Sophia, but we pronounce it Aghia in Greek and write it Agia Sophia in English (I know you found it in Wikipedia but it’s wrong). Here it is written in Greek : Αγία Σοφία.

  2. Thank you so much, Joanna. We only used what is written in literature! Mostly tourist books, not only wiki. We did read something about the pronunciation. As you are the expert, we have to learn from you. I browsed at your blog. Nice. Thanks again for sharing.

  3. I have heard pf these places but have never been to Istanbul. Your photos are just so awesome! It is no wonder then that people want to go here! Thank you for these beautiful photos!

    • Thank you, Margie. These pix are beautiful because they are my friend’s photos. He has given me permission to post them. We all had a great time. It was one of the most interesting trips we took.
      Denise

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