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Major Attractions in Istanbul

Istanbul is a noteworthy city in Turkey that still reflects the culture of the numerous empires that ruled it. It is the best holiday destination. It is a nation that brags of its remarkable cultural lineage yet serves as a go-to spot for the modern millennials.

Istanbul attraction

Some of the best Istanbul attractions are:

 AyaSofya

Once a renowned place of love for a few religions (previously known as Hagia Sophia), today people from everywhere throughout the world run to bask in its colossal architecture. It has been changed over into a gallery and hosts different exhibitions and meetings.

Its inborn design has inspired buildings near and far. Be sure to visit the southern and western galleries, coronation square and the calligraphic discs.

It is said that Byzantine emperor Justine, on entering AyaSofya for the first time after its completion was overwhelmed by the beauty of this building and said that he had outdone the great Solomon himself.

Istanbul attractions

Topkapi Palace

It used to be the loved residence of the Ottoman sultans. It was formally perceived and changed over into an exhibition hall. It is one of the best and most popular Istanbul attractions. One of the most acclaimed locates here is the harem, where the sultan’s children, wives and concubines lived. Be sure to visit the second and third courtroom for visual goodies.

Additionally, visit the palace kitchen. Each edge of the palace has its own story to tell. The museum has an immense collection of weapons, cutleries, art and fabrics on display.

Take a stroll through the manicured gardens to feel instantly reenergized. It has restaurants, restrooms, libraries and gift shops accessible to all visitors. The entry fee is 40 Turkish lira.

Istanbul attraction

Galata Tower

It is one the oldest and tallest Istanbul attraction. This tall beauty, all of 36 meters high, offers a 360-degree view of the city. Visitors can purchase souvenirs at the gift shop and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant upstairs.

It has elevators, but the top two floors must be climbed through stairs. Though it has undergone significant damage in the past years, it stands tall today. Be warned, it gets crowded easily and you may often have to wait in long queues, so pick your visiting timing wisely.

Istanbul attractions

Blue Mosque

This mosque was constructed in the 17th century by sultan Amell’s. It still continues to be a place of worship today. It is available to guests however is closed 5 times each day during prayer times. Additionally, tourists are remove to their footwear and women are instructed to veil their hair.

This magnificent Istanbul attraction has been quite controversial among the Muslims as it has 6 minarets, exactly the same number of minarets the Great Mosque of Mecca has.

However, this controversy was resolved when a 7th minaret was donated. This is a delight to the architectural enthusiasts and an ideal holiday destination idea.

Stroll along the gardens connecting the blue mosque and Ayasophya and indulge in their beauties. Also, shop for amazing gifts in the Bazaar nearby.

Istanbul attractions

Conclusion

The experience that I gathered from this trip was simply remarkable as I got to experience so many different cities and cultures in one trip. It is the perfect vacation if you are looking for a long break.

In my opinion, it’s an experience of a lifetime which should be experienced by everyone.

 

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