SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE

Suleymaniye Mosque in other words Suleymaniye Camii, is the largest and also the finest of all great mosques in Istanbul. It was constructed between 1550-1557 for  Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the magnificient by his master architect Mimar Sinan. Its fantastic domes and minarets dominate the skyline above the Golden Horn and they are best seen at sunset from Galata Bridge. Four … Read More

TURKISH COFFEE

Turkish Coffee is more than a drink, it is a tradition. Although coffee is not grown in Turkey, it is called Turkish Coffee because it was introduced by Turkish people to western world during siege of Vienna  in 16th century. It is prepared by mixing very fine grinded coffee with water and sugar, and cooking in a special pot over … Read More

THE BOSPHORUS

Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Asia and Europe.  The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between European and Asian Istanbul connecting Black Sea to Marmara Sea. All tourist attractions, old town, Sultanahmet area, business centers located on European side where as Asian side is more residential. The Bosphorus is 31 km long and … Read More

The Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum

If you more than two days in Istanbul do not miss out this marvelous museum. It is one of the highlights of Istanbul and is located just in the heart of Sultanahmet, the old town. The building of the museum used to be palace of Ibrahim Pasha, one of the grand viziers of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient in the 16th … Read More

Galata Tower

Galata tower is one of the most important places to visit in Istanbul. You should definitely add it in your itinerary when planning your sightseeing in Istanbul. Galata Tower is built on a hill in Galata District by Geneose colony as a part of defense fortification. According to Geneose sources it was named Christea Turris which means “Tower of Christ”. … Read More

Chora Church

Chora Church Chora Church is definitely one the most fascinating surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. People mostly visit to the fascinating Hagia Sophia during their stay in Istanbul, but it is such a heart breaker. There is an other church that also deserves just as much compliments about its outstanding beauty like her bigger, more famous sister, Chora Church. Because … Read More

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival (1-30 April) Tulip Festival (Lale Festivali) is one of the most colorful, cheerful and enthusiastic festival in Istanbul. If you are visiting the city in April, you are eminently lucky to experience this celebration. Festival occurs in April every year, because there is noticeable progress in the tulip blossom buds. The mayor of Istanbul planted no less than … Read More

Istanbul Archeology Museum

Istanbul Archaeology Museums If you are interested archeology, you shouldn’t miss the chance of visiting Archeology Museum (Arkeoloji Müzesi) in Istanbul. Lots of people mostly skip this hidden gem. Place offers one of the world’s richest  ancient artifacts There are three archeological museums which are located in Eminönü district, Gülhane Parkı and Topkapı Palace.The complex has three parts: the Archaeology … Read More

Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam This establishment has been closed for a long time and it was used as a warehouse sometime and underwent a restoration in 1957. In 2007, Istanbul authorities decided to bring into service. After a three-year-long restoration project that began in 2008 and cost US$11 million, the bath-house re-opened in May 2011 and for the first time … Read More

Cemberlitas hamami

Çemberlitaş Hamamı The Çemberlitas Bath is located on Divanyolu Street, settled in the middle of some of Old City’s greatest monuments. It was built by the famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1584. The bath was established by Nurbanu Sultan, wife of Selim II and mother of Murat III, for the purpose of bringing in revenue to support the Valide-i Atik … Read More