24 Haziran 2018 Pazar

Places to See in Istanbul City

Places to See in Istanbul City with History

Istanbul has always been the center of attraction in the history. The city of Constantinople (during the Roman-Byzantine period) besieged by many different enemies (Huns, Avars, Bulgarian Kingdom, Avars and Turks). They wanted to seize the city too much because the Constantinople was located in the center of Trade Routes. The Word “Constantinople” meant wealth and gold for them.

During the Ancient and Middle Ages, the silk and spices that was brought from inland Asia by Caravans, gathered in Istanbul. The Golden Horn was the major pier of the city, so that all these commercial ships as well as Byzantine navy docked in this area.

On the southern part of Golden Horn there was the Constantinople and Greek Orthodox Byzantine people whereas on the Northern Bank of Golden Horn, there was Latin people. The Latin trade colonies from Republic of Genoa and Republic of Venice were based in modern day Beyoglu Area (Especially Karakoy and Galata neighborhoods)

Galata Area in Constantinople

When the Ottoman Empire captured the Constantinople, they named it as Konstantiniyye, later it became Istanbul. Istanbul has a diverse history and deserves at least 3 days visit.

In this blog article I will try to introduce you the major tourist attractions to go and see in Sultanahmet and Beyoglu areas.

When it comes to pay a touristic visit to Istanbul, there are two major areas. Their names are Sultanahmet and Beyoglu. Sultanahmet has almost all important sightseeing places. Places of interests like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar located in or near Sultanahmet area.

Beyoglu area is very important too. It has a lot of old churches that had been belong to Latin colonies of Istanbul. At the Golden Horn bank of Beyoglu District, you may see Galata and Karakoy. These places are perfect to track the history of old Ports of Constantinople. (Neorion Harbour, Harbour of Eleutherios etc.) Where all the goods of Asia gathered and distributed to Europe.

Places to See in Sultanahmet Area

  1. Hagia Sophia
  2. Blue Mosque
  3. Topkapi Palace
  4. Basilica Cistern
  5. Grand Bazaar
Among these sights, Hagia Sophia stands out with its history. It was built in 537 by the Emperor Justinian. The building is so strong that it still survives after 1500 years. Hagia Sophia had been both a church and mosque. Now it's the most popular museum of Istanbul city.

Hagia Sophia

Places to See in Beyoglu (Taksim) Area

  1. Galata Tower neighborhood
  2. Karakoy Neighborhood
  3. Istiklal Avenue
  4. Taksim Square
  5. Cicek Pasaji (Fish Market)
  6. St. Antuan’s Church
  7. Arap Camii (former Latin church)
Among these must-see places, Istiklal Street stands out with its beauty. You may find bars, pubs, local restaurants, luxurious hotels around the Istiklal Street. You can consider the La Ramblas of Barcelona or Avenue des Champs-Élysées of Paris. The Istiklal Avenue is considered as the heart of Istanbul just like them.

Istiklal Avenue

There are a lot of other places to see in Istanbul other than Beyoglu and Sultanahmet areas. Places on the European Side of Istanbul are BesiktasOrtakoy, Bebek, Rumeli Hisari, Sariyer neighborhoods.

Other Recommended Places to Visit

Whereas Places on the Asian Side of Istanbul area Kadikoy and Uskudar. To have a comprehensive information about best things to do in istanbul you may read Istanbul Clues blog articles.

Istanbul Clues

Cities to Visit in Turkey

If you consider visiting some other cities other than Istanbul. You may consider Cappadocia and Ephesus.

Cappadocia is famous for its magnificent volcanic landscapes. Cappadocia offers great romantic atmosphere for those who are searching for honeymoon places to visit.

Cappadocia Turkey

Ephesus (Like the Roman Forum in Rome) a great ancient city from Roman Empire’s greatest period. Ephesus, as a city which is located at the Western Coast of Turkey, popular for visiting in the Summer. You can do a Daily visit to Ephesus for cultural experience and then you can get to the great holiday villages of Izmir. (The city where the Ephesus is located)

Turkey is a great place to visit at vacation. There are a lot of options. You may pay a visit to Istanbul in Spring or Fall (best time to visit). These months the weather is very friendly in Istanbul for doing walking tours.

You can visit Antalya to lie down and enjoy the beautiful sun, blue flagged beaches and white sands. You may go to Black Sea region (North of Turkey) to do some trekking and climbing activities. 

There is Uludag (Bursa) Kartalkaya (Bolu) or Palandoken (Erzurum) for skiing in Turkey.

I hope you find this blog article useful. Tried my best to tell you about options. Have a great time in Turkey!

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