Istanbul is the city which represents both Asian and European culture. Istanbul is 1000 BC old. Istanbul has a glorious history and tremendous culture since its foundation. Istanbul is famous for its Big four (Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazar and Aya Sofya), but there are also many places that are very exciting. Visiting Istanbul, and exploring the daily life excites you. In any culture, food is an essential part, so menus should be tasted.
- Blue Mosque
The blue mosque was constructed in 17th century by Sultan Ahmet. The mosque remains close for the visitors on Prayer times. The visit to the mosque is free. The holiness of the mosque demands that all visitors must remove their shoes and women must cover their hair. The mosque isn’t really blue but its walls are made up of clean Iznik tiles. The top of the mosque is made up of six minarets. It’s a great icon of architect.
- Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)
The building was constructed between 532 and 537. Thousands years, the building was used as a church. Then it was converted into a mosque from 1453 to 1935. But now it’s a museum. The building is famous for its historical significance, stunning architecture and glorious interior views. The visitors say it’s a must-see. The building is a mixture of Christian mosaics and Islamic calligraphy. The visit to the building is not free. To visit the interior of the building you have to buy a ticket, which gives access to the interior of the building plus café, restaurant and gift shop.
- Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace was a residence of Ottoman Empire, sultans, and their wives and also was used for government seats. The palace consists of a wide range of buildings on a garden courtyards. It’s a combination of history and stunning scenery. It is said that it is the oldest and the largest palace in the world. Visitors can take a look at harem’s quarters, old weapons, the kitchen, and the treasury.
- Grand Bazar
Grand bazar is a great place for shopping lovers. There are 5,000 shops lined up in 6o streets and its one of the largest indoor marketplace in the world. The products are jewelry, carpets, spices, antiques, chessboards and hand-painted ceramics. There are 11 entrance gates. Mosques, fountains, Restaurants, cafes, hammams are also a part of the Bazar. The bazar is free to visit 24 hours. But the trade happens on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. High rates are offered to westerners, so one should prepare himself for barging
- Taksim Square
Taksim square is a hub of transportation. It is situated in the European part of the Istanbul. The central metro station is near to this square. Taksim square is known as the heart of the modern Istanbul. Visitors can reach there by bus, tram, or metro. The area is highly crowded so driving would bother you. The surrounding streets are filled with bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels. The square is a landmark of Istanbul.