Istanbul, one of Turkey’s biggest and most important cities, attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Recently, significant investments have been made in this city as well. Nowadays, you’ll probably find a compatriot in every neighborhood! What’s the reason?
Since tourists found Istanbul a beautiful city with many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate, buying properties in Turkey became popular. So if you’re visiting Istanbul, you’ll find your fellow citizens too!
This beautiful city is a Eurasian part of the world that mixes Asian and European cultures and creates an environment everyone enjoys. It might be one of the reasons Istanbul is so famous.
Here are the must-see spots in Istanbul if you get the chance.
The best 8 places to visit in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Camii) is one of the first places you hear about in Istanbul.
With Ataturk’s help, this worship turned into a museum in 1935. It was turned into a mosque again under the President’s order in 2020.
This building is regarded for its greatness. It’s also worth mentioning the unique architecture. Spend a few hours here when you’re in Istanbul.
Location : Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
In terms of the deep history of Turkey, there are many rich museums, and one of the best is the Istanbul Archeology Museum (Istanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri). There are three different departments in the whole building:
Museum of the Ancient Orient
Museum of Islamic Art
Whether or not you’re a history fan, you’ll enjoy walking through this museum complex with over 1 million ancient objects.
You can also visit the Topkapi Palace (Topkap Saray). The primary residence of Ottoman Sultans was this historical monument.
Visit this palace to learn about Islamic arts, Prophet Muhammad‘s monuments, like his sword, shoes, etc., and Iranian arts and poetry.
Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey- Right next to the Istanbul Archeology museum
Maiden’s Tower’s sad myths
Leander’s Tower, also known as Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi), is on an islet in the Marmara Sea in Istanbul.
There’s a legend about an emperor who had a beloved daughter, and an oracle predicted she’d die of a snake bite on her 18th birthday. So, the emperor sent her daughter to isolation until she turned 18 to keep snakes from getting to her. All these years, she lived in this Tower and was only visited by her dad.
As a birthday gift, the emperor brought a basket of fruits, but under the basket was an asp.
When the emperor got to the Tower, the snake came out and bit the young girl; the girl died in his father’s arms. That’s why it’s called Maiden’s Tower.
Location: port of Uskudar, Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkey
The Grand Bazaar; Experience local and tourist life
To experience the uniqueness of shopping in custom shops, you must visit Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi). It’s a Bazaar where you can find anything and touch life.
Each day, around 250 and 400 thousand people, both tourists and locals, walk the 60 covered streets.
The princes’ Island (Prens Adaları) sits on the Asian side of Istanbul. Boats are the only way to get to these islands. You can boat and visit islands at the same time.
The location has nine islands, but four of them are bigger: Buyukada (big Island), Heybeliada (Saddlebag Island), Burgazada (Fortress Island), and Kinaliada (Henna Island). Princes’ Island is the name of these four islands.
Location: Marmara Sea, Istanbul, Turkey
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