Where The East and West Meet
A country of profound history and culture, the Turkish Republic is located where the three continents of the old world, Asia, Africa, and Europe, are closest to each other and overlap the point where Europe and Asia meet. The mainland Anatolia witnessed the diverse culture throughout its history. It has developed an exceptional mixture of cultures, each with its own identity, yet each connected to its ancestors through mysterious threads. Now Turkey, as a modern nation, inherits the whole history and shares the heritage of humanity.
Discover Turkey from the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia to Istanbul, which is still the pulse of the nation offering Roman aqueducts, Byzantine churches, and Ottoman mosques and palaces.
With one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe, İstanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. The Bosphorus courses the waters of the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn through the city’s heart.
İstanbul’s fate has been sealed by its central strategic location and its enchanting natural beauty. For more than 1500 years, it was the capital of three empires: Roman, Byzantine, and the Ottoman Empires. It was beautified accordingly with magnificent monuments and became a metropolis where diverse cultures, nations, and religions mingled. Those cultures, countries, and beliefs are the small pieces that form the mosaic of İstanbul.
İstanbul’s most crucial building works started in the Byzantine period, and the city was then embellished further during the days of the Ottoman Empire.
Modern and Traditional Together
It is İstanbul’s endless variety that fascinates its visitors. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars, and sites of natural beauty are countless. As relaxing on the western shores of the Bosphorus at sunset and watching the red evening light reflected on the other continent, you may suddenly and profoundly understand why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build a city on this remarkable site. At such times you can see why İstanbul is genuinely one of the most glorious cities in the world.
İstanbul is Turkey’s most developed and largest city, with the latest discoveries indicating that the history of human habitation there goes back some 400,000 years. The purple years of İstanbul may have started in 330 when Emperor Constantine declared the city the capital of his empire – royal purple is the color of the Byzantine imperial family. Until 1453, when the Ottomans conquered it, the city served as the capital of the Byzantine Empire. During the reign of the Byzantines, İstanbul was adorned with several great monuments, which made it the most magnificent city in the world, even during the declining years of the empire.
(A Historical Day)
You can have a view of Old Istanbul from Galata tower. This tower has been built for centuries, and you should certainly visit the Galata Tower. It has nine floors, and the height is around 67 meters.
There is also a restaurant on the top of the Galata Tower. You can eat while enjoying the 360 ° Istanbul view.
Grand Bazaar Istanbul is the biggest covered bazaar in the world. It has 65 streets and 3600 shops with 11 gates. Unique design objects produced by hand, gold, silver, and diamonds sold here. Bazaar gold prices will determine Turkey’s gold prices in the free market.
The most dramatic and vital structure of the Ottoman period is the Suleymaniye Mosque. Since there was no electricity at the time of construction, it was illuminated with 275 oil lamps and candles placed next to the altar. The architect had been built a room above the middle door to avoid damaging the structure of the soot mosque coming out of these oil lamps and candles. The architect created a collection room for this soot. The soot collected here used as ink. Suleymaniye, which is now open to worship, is vital to wear a suit suitable for worship.
The Maiden Tower used as a tax collection, defense, lighthouse, radio station, and quarantine hospital in the 1830 cholera epidemic. It is the only structure from the Byzantine era. This lonely tower demonstrates itself in all its glory if you want to go to the Maiden’s Tower.
14,000-meter street is not only for shopping but also for drinking, sightseeing, and social activities. There are luxury shops there, and there are mansions where people still live, so this street is unique. Presence Mystery Shopping, a Parisian consultancy, has recognized the best streets for shopping around the world. In the list, Bagdat Street, which left Paris’s Champs-Elyse and New York’s 5th Avenue streets, won the 4th place. Being the 4th in a file that categorizes the 30 famous streets of the world by categories such as service concept, cleanliness, shopping friendliness and variety offered, adds quality to Bagdat Street and announces its class to the whole world.
One of the most fashionable districts of Istanbul is Nisantasi, with its bars and cafes and trendy shops. This place is one of the most popular sites in Istanbul with street decorations, especially in the new year. Sultans at the time of the Ottoman Empire practiced firing on the stones specially produced for them. This is where the drills are done. These stones were called aim stones. You can see some of these stones in various parts of the neighborhood.
It is possible to meet all kinds of people with different nationalities in Taksim. During the daytime, everyone rushes for their work, but it turns to an open night club at night. The length of the street is about 1.4 km from Republic Monument on Taksim Square up to Tunnel. Here you can find every kind of shop, from luxury shops to passages that sell lower-cost products. In addition to shopping, you can also go to art centers and take a look at the exhibitions there. If you are hungry, you can have an enjoyable meal and drink in the restaurants. It is good to drink Raki as well and fish after shopping, strongly recommended.
Istinye Park, opened in September 2007, is the only shopping center offering all alternatives at the same time. There are 147 clothing stores and 41 new brands entering the Turkish market for the first time. In Istinye Park, it is possible to find a variety of international restaurants. There is a total of 12 movie theaters in the shopping center with I-max technology, 1 of which provides three-dimensional images. It offers gourmet delicacies with its 20 small shops in the Marketplace
Since it was opened in 2007, it is the only shopping center that offering all alternatives together. There are 147 clothing stores and 41 new brands entering the Turkish market for the first time. There are also 12 movie theaters in this shopping center with I-max technology.
(Tasting and Sightseeing Day)
There are pubs in Beyoğlu where you can sit until after midnight. If you go to these pubs, do not make any other plans after eating here, Because you won’t understand how time passes. In the pubs in and around Nevizade and Çiçek Pasajı, delicious food, sweet drinks, and a lot of fun are waiting for you.
Karakoy is famous for people who like to eat and drink in a quiet, calm environment. There are many restaurants in the sea there. If the exuberant, energetic dinners of Beyoğlu are exhausting, you can enjoy a serene, peaceful raki-fish in Karaköy.
Tea and bagels are crucial traditions of the Bosphorus tour. Even if the weather cold, you can go up to the deck and enjoy the pleasure there. You can relax there and enjoy the tea. This is one of the romantic moments of the Bosphorus tour.
Change is never exhausted at Akbank Sanat because its mission is; The Place Has Never Ended. The Akbank art building that has six floors has located on Istiklal St. on each floor, another event is held, and every year, more than 700 events are held. Various activities, such as exhibitions, modern dance performances, classical music recitals, jazz concerts organized every year.
Istanbul Modern founded in 2004, and it is the first modern art museum in Turkey, and it has aimed to share comparative art, artistic creativity, and cultural identities. The museum has collections and periodical exhibition halls, a photography department, video space, library, and it is one of the most famous museums in Istanbul.
Arter is also protecting contemporary art with its collection since 2007. The structure has a total area of 18,000 square meters. It has exhibition halls, performance halls, activity spaces, a library, a conservation laboratory, a bookstore focusing on art publications, and a restaurant. You have the chance to follow approaches outside the reasonable bounds as well as international collections dealing strictly with the artistic and cultural creation in Turkey and the surrounding regions.
Tuzla Tema Park
Tuzla Tema park also called ViaSea Theme Park, located on the Asian side of Istanbul. It is
is the world’s first 5-function marina and living center. Tuzla Tema Park is suitable for all ages, with one of the most exciting roller coasters in the world. Moreover, the Tuzla Viaport Marina, which constructed on the sea, is also located within the Theme Park. In addition to ViaSea Theme Park, Viaport Marina has ViaSea Aquarium, Bowling, Game Center, Cinema, and Outlet Mall.
Tuzla shopping center is fascinating enough to attract shopping lovers. Besides, Viaport Marina Outlet Shopping Mall with over 500 brands and outlet concept in 152 high-quality stores located there. ViaSea offers excellent entertainment with shopping and dining.
Filizler Kofte, which has a branch in Tuzla, has been offering Balkan taste to the people of Istanbul for 25 years. Filizler Kofte welcomes people from all over Istanbul to eat meatballs. If you are in Tuzla, you have to eat meatballs, steak meat or kebab at Filizler. While eating, you can watch the insatiable view of Istanbul Tuzla.