Places to Go in Istanbul - Travel Guide
Places to go in Istanbul are worth seeing. Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest metropolises.
That is why places in Istanbul can not be missed. Many tourists visit the Big Four in Istanbul. With the help of this list, you will be able to explore more.
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
Ayasofya was once a church and later it converted into a mosque. This mosque is seen as oe of the mot important landmarks of the city. Hagia Sophia means Divine Wisdom in Greek language. It is also referred as eight wonder of the world. It is one of the oldest churches in the entire world. You can see the traces of different cultures, traditions and culture there. From the imperial gate mosaic to magnificet center door, we are sure you will love it.
Topkapi Palace was built in the 15 th century by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. One of the most popular place to visit there is harem. Harem is a place where sultan spend his most of the time in the palace. When you visit the third court, you will see a collection of Prophet Muhammad. If you want to explore the entire palace, make sure you have at least a full day.
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) construction started in 1609. It has six minaret which makes the mosque special (Since the Great Mosque of Mecca has the same number of minaret). Interior of Blue Mosque is decorated with Iznik tiles. Behind the mosque, you can also see the famous Arasta Bazaar. You can shop handicrafts ad gifts for your loved ones. In the same area, there is a museum called Great Palace Mosaic Museum if you are not that into shopping. Excellent mosaics are displayed there.
Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) is a huge underground hall which was built on 6 th century. It was used as a water supplier in Byzantine times. Basilica Cistern was built with the order of Emperor Justinian. There are 336 columns. Some columns has a base with famous Medusa carvings. The cistern is located in Sultanahmet, Yerebatan Street.
Hippodrome was once the center of Byzantine’s public life. Majority of the things to see are gone but you still can visit the place to see some remainings left in the At Meydani. On the northwest side of the hippodrome, you will see a fountain with was built in 1898. Go further and you will see more ancient monuments on the site. One of them is named Egyptian obelisk from Heliopolis times. Secondly, Serpent Column and last but not least a Stone obelisk. The Stone obelisk used to covered with gold. It was stolen by the soldiers in 1204.
Grand Bazaar is the right place if you like tos hop. If you want to but various types of handicraft, kilim, traditional food, Grand Bazaar should be on top of the places in Istanbul list! It covers the entire square!