Istanbul is a city with charm due to its rich history. If we talk about the past these cities were known as Byzantium and Constantinople. It was the center of interest of many ancient empires. In the heart of the city, there are numerous architecture and leftovers of empires. It is connected to both Europe and Asia. It got its name Istanbul after when Turkey was given the name Turkey Republic. Also, there are too many other reasons why Istanbul is popular. One of them is Instanbul Airpot, also Istanbul flights. Also Istanbul weather. You can plan your trip with a list of places Top Attractive Places to Visit in Istanbul.
Aya Sofiya is officially known as Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. It was first a cathedral, then it was converted into a mosque and after that a museum. But at last, Turkey’s president, Erdogan, decided to make Aya Sofiya a mosque again. But for many of the neighboring countries(Greece and Russia) it was not their choice they wanted it to be a museum. So they denounced it. It is one of the world’s most significant landmarks. And the reason is that it shows both Christian and Islamic unique masterpieces of architecture. Many other mosques especially the Blue Mosque inspired by Hagia Sophia. Visiting Hagia Sophia will be worth your time by refreshing your mind by looking at the art of this Mosque.
It will take half of the day to visit Topkapı Sarayı. Topkapı Sarayı is the palace where the sultans of the Ottoman Empire ruled the nation. The beautiful thing about it is its display of Islamic art with hand-painted tilework. There are also some rooms bounded by battlemented walls. There you find the harem complex where concubines and children would spend days. In the second court, you will go through the kitchens and also the council chamber. After that, when you move to Third Court it contains private rooms of the sultan. You will also find some of the Istanbul hotels near it.
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It’s a magnificent piece that proves Ottoman achievement right in the heart of Istanbul for almost the past 400 years. Ahmed-I chooses the exterior style to show Ottoman dominance to the world. He wants to compete with Hagia Sofia. When you will enter the Blue mosque you will observe why is the word blue is in the name. Because 20,000 bluish tiles were used in the interior of the mosque. The walls of the mosque are painted blue in color with many hundreds of stained glass windows with unique architecture which allows the sunlight to pass through the window. That all makes lights up the interior of the Mosque. Which makes the mosque more impressive than others.
Once you get inside Grand Bazar, one of the World’s most attractive destinations, you will find that there are 64 streets with smaller lanes with approx 4,000 shops. There are not only shops in the bazaar there are also mosques, restaurants, and banks which makes it a central city.
The top things to buy in the grand bazaar are listed below
- Carpets & Kilims
- Lamps & Lanterns
- Turkish Metalware
- Hammam Accessories