Istanbul is a modern city that wears its cultures and history well, blending them into an exciting city that has much to offer travelers from around the world. Istanbul’s many attractions include towering minarets, underground Byzantine cisterns, and steamy bathhouses and so on. The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are essential, but simply exploring the street traffic and observing daily life here are equally fascinating. The following are the sights you should be sure to see, ranked in order of importance and ease of access.
Basilica Cistern is the Istanbul’s most popular romantic attraction that has been providing Istanbul residents with water. Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern has got an impressive attraction in its size measuring 138 meters long and 64.6 meters wide, covering nearly 1000 square meters. The lovely building is built with the capacity of 80,000 cubic meters over 21 million US gallons and it also boast 336 marble columns.
The structure of the building adds additional beauty to the Basilica Cistern that draws millions of people each year from all over the world. You can indulge in the beauty of the Walkways and atmospheric lightening that has been installed in all the corners of the stunning building. You are also offered with soft music, café to relax for drinks and snacks. You have to spend 20 TL as your entry fee and the building is open to the public everyday with the timing from 9 am until 6:30 pm.
Topkapi Palace is one of the must see attractions in Istanbul that combines history and stunning scenery in a single experience. The Topkapi Palace is located on a hill overlooking the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Goldern Horn which is surrounded by five kilo meters of stone wall with 27 towers. The underground cistern, just a few steps away from the Blue Mosque offers the most spectacular view of the scenic place.
The Topkapi Palace has the collection of lush green courtyards and delicate kiosks, China, pieces of Ottoman and Islamic artwork and also the Topkapi boasts a treasury to put the crown jewels in the shade, as well as views to die for over the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and Golden Horn. However, the Topkapi Palace is symbol and the centre of Ottoman Empire.
No visit to Istanbul get complete without explore the Blue Mosque. The stunning Blue Mosque is composed of priceless treasures that include 20,000 ceramic tiles in various tulip designs and 200 stained glass windows, all with intricate designs. The visitors need to time their visits carefully, as the mosque is closed to sightseers during the five daily prayer times for Muslims.
Always keep in mind that all the visitors of Blue Mosque must remove their shoes and women must cover their hair. The Blue Mosque houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed I, the man who gave his name to both the mosque and the neighborhood. Don’t miss the chance to explore the priceless treasures of Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Explore these treasures of Istanbul that definitely offers unforgettable memories of your trip. Enjoy!
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