The Turkish city of Istanbul never fails to deliver in its beauty, culture and historical attractures. Follow me through this beauty.
Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorous
Istanbul is home to an ever-growing list of trendy and beautiful hotels and the four seasons is no exception. Overlooking the Bosphorous, it is possibly one of the most beautifully structured properties.
Attractions of the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul
The Blue Mosque:
Dating back to 1616, the blue mosque gets its name from the blue tiles decorating it. Originally known as the Sultanahmet Cami, this glorious monument comprises of six minarets and is open at all times outside of prayer sessions.
A former church for 916 years, the Hagia Sophia is know an official museum, meaning Church of Holy Wisdom and even though it does not look as glorious as the Blue Mosque from the outside, its intricate interior leaves a stunning imprint on your memory. It is said that there is a point marked with a cross that signifies the center of the earth. Originally built in 360AD, a fire destroyed it and it had to be rebuilt in 415AD.
If you look closely, you’ll see a depiction of the devil in this picture.
This cross marks the centre of the world.
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam:
Check into the Ayasofya Hamam for the most lavish royal turkish massage you will ever experience. This Hamam was built by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century where the ancient public baths of Zeuxippus and the Temple of Zues used to stand between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Once upon a time, it was used as a prison but now, has been restored into one of the most magnificent structures in Istanbul.
As the first home of the Ottoman Sultans, Topkapi palace is not home to a treasure chest of antiques like their clothes, 84 carat diamond jewellery and armour. It also has a section where the teeth and beard of the sultans are still preserved. Kitchen, circumcision rooms, prayer quarters and harems can be toured.
Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar:
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is not your typical shopping mall. 60 streets of thousands of shops with shopkeepers willing to do their best to have you at their store. Its beautiful though, definitely very fun!
Known as Istanbul’s main square, TS is constantly bustling with street vendors, boutiques and restaurants. Be sure to check out the Giyçek Nostalgic Photography Studio to have your picture taken in a traditional Turkish fashion.
Restaurants to check out:
- Ulus 29
Traditional turkish foods:
- Backlava – traditional turkish dessert
- Turkish delight
- Simit – Round pretzel like bread
- Kanafeh – The most amazing cheese dessert I have had!