Sights and Attractions
Istanbul is full of sights and attractions worth spending equal time on
each. The city is over-abundant of exquisite architecture, cultural
diversity and extraordinary sites.
Istanbul is a city to be enjoyed both day and night. There are so
much to see and so many things to do. Well, be warned; you might feel
dizzy trying to figure out what to choose and don’t know where to begin.
But after reading these pages you will be relieved, you will be able to decide easily...
Most important parts of the city that you should see;
- Beyoglu neighborhood is a place where
you can watch while you walk the 19th-century ambassadorial mansions,
apartments, passageways, 16th-century waterhouses, churches, modern
galleries and museums. Beyoglu is the Istanbul of Orient Express-era. It
was called Pera then and it was the European trade center of the city.
along the Golden Horn; Balat, Fener and Sütlüce are on the rise again,
after a long time. These are among the oldest neighborhoods of Istanbul.
They are very close to Historic Peninsula, Eminönü and Beyoğlu.
Old City behind the ferry
Photo: By Mine Beyaz / Flickr
Nisantasi district is a good choice for strolling around chic
boutiques, having a lunch in chic eatiries and seeing Art-Nouveau
architecture. This neighborhood has its unique atmosphere which will
surround you immediately…
- Bosphorus cruises… One
of the best ways to feel the athmosphere of Istanbul is a leisurely boat
ride along the Bosporus. You can see both continents at the same time.
You can watch the Ottoman palaces, waterfront mansions, houses, ancient
fortresses and fishing villages on the European and Asian shores while
feeling the soft breeze of the Bosphorus.
- Ortaköy is the most well-known fishing village. It is very close to Beyoğlu and you should definitely make time for it.
“Fishing villages” along the Bosphorus are a good way to have a
leisurely walk on the streets full of old houses. These neighborhoods
still have the unique feeling of old Istanbul.
5 Most significant parts of Istanbul;
- Historic Peninsula highlights
- Galata and Karaköy
- Pera: Taksim, İstiklal Street, Çukurcuma, Tünel
- Along the Bosphorus
These are only the most important sightseeings in brief.
Other very significant parts are;
- Other parts of Historic peninsula (other than the Hagia Sophia I mean.)
- Halic (Golden Horn): Fener, Balat, Sütlüce
- Fishing villages along the Bosphorus
- Belgrad Forest
- Anadolu Kavaği at the Northern edge of the city
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