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Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

By | 2017-06-05T10:14:11+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

The Spice Bazaar (Turkish: Mısır Çarşısı, meaning Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. History There are several documents suggesting the name of the bazaar was first [...]

Galata Bridge

By | 2017-06-05T10:14:50+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

The Galata Bridge (in Turkish Galata Köprüsü) is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels. History The first bridge on the Golden Horn, built by Justinian the Great, can be seen near [...]

Little Hagia Sophia

By | 2017-06-05T10:15:41+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

Little Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Küçük Ayasofya Camii), formerly the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Greek: Ἐκκλησία τῶν Ἁγίων Σεργίου καὶ Βάκχου ἐν τοῖς Ὁρμίσδου, Ekklēsía tôn Hagíōs Sergíou kaì Bákchou en toês Hormísdou), is a former Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople, converted into a mosque during the [...]

Galata Tower

By | 2017-02-20T12:30:18+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|Tags: , |

The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) — called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a [...]

Maiden’s Tower

By | 2015-05-18T05:44:42+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

The Maiden's Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi), also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantineperiod, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. History After the naval victory at Cyzicus, the ancient Athenian general [...]

Hagia Sophia

By | 2017-02-20T12:30:18+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a formerGreek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and [...]

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

By | 2017-02-20T12:30:18+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as theBlue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah [...]

Grand Bazaar

By | 2017-02-20T12:30:18+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Bazaar’; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning ‘Grand Bazaar’) inIstanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it is listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 [...]

Çamlıca Hill

By | 2015-05-18T05:02:51+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Çamlıca Tepesi), aka Big Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi) to differentiate from the nearby Little Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Küçük Çamlıca Tepesi), is a hill in Üsküdar district of Istanbul, Turkey. Situated on the Asian part of the city at 268 m (879 ft) above sea level, Çamlıca Hill has a panoramic view of [...]

Prince Islands

By | 2017-02-20T12:30:19+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul Main Attractions|

The Prince Islands (Turkish: Prens Adaları, from the historic Greek name Prinkēpōn nēsoi (Πριγκήπων νήσοι), alternatively written as Princes' Islands in which the "princes" are plural (meaning "Islands of the Princes"); or Kızıl Adalar ("Red Islands") in Turkish); officially just Adalar ("Islands"), are an archipelago off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey, in the Sea of [...]

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