No need to see movies, or fly on a red carpet, to see the fascinating melting pot of the Ancient, Christian and Ottoman cultures and worlds.
Taking a week-end off, to walk along the magic city, being on two continents at the same time, and dating back the captivating 3000 years.
Istanbul, Eastern Roman Empire’s Capital, is now the Dream Destination to be on a modern metropolis, soaring between the fascinating ancient architectural antiquity, representing the country’s Cultural Wealth !
The Bosporus strait is deviding the City; One Side in Europe, and the other in Asia. The view of the Mosques dominating the skyline is spectacular and the Marmara Sea lies to North East and the Golden Horn to the south ! Istanbul is the place to be for pleasure Crafts.
From Sultanahmet Square, the heart of the City, most monuments are reached out on foot, trams, buses or Taxis.
Having been the World’s largest cathedral for thousand years, Hagia Sophia is a beautiful architectural masterpiece. Jesus, The virgin Mary and apostles are depicted in the most amazing decorated mosaics. It was converted into a mosque by Ottomans in 1453, and is considered now a museum where religions are blending in harmony in a spectacular and gorgeous interior.
Built by Sultan Ahmed I, It is a pleasant mix of Byzantine and Islamic features. It is so big that it dominates the skyline.
A Roman water- storage depot, a captivating engineering feat mixed with brick vaults, supported on 336 Columns. It is impressive how it was reused as a base of one of the columns which rests in water, and everyone ignore why the head is upside down.
A place to be visited on Mondays, if you are planning to extend the stay, as all the Museums are closed.
The Palace that housed the Sultans for hundreds of years, is now a spectacular museum. Sumptuous compound of courtyards, ornate rooms and treasury. There is an extraordinary view form the restaurant inside , onto the sea of Marmara and bridges that span the Bosphorus.
There are many things to be admired in the Palace, especially in the treasury, where there are jewels, golden artefacts, emeralds and the famous bejewelled Topkapi dragger.
It is the largest bazaar in the city, a very inspiring place, as all your senses are awaken. You notice the aromas of coffee, cinamon, saffron, and cloves wafting by, you see a very colourful market place, and hear the Muezzins at each of the imperial mosque complexes call the faithful to their prayers.
It is a place where to discover Turkish delights and Culture.