Best Places To See In Istanbul Trip

Best Places To See And Things To Do In Istanbul

I would like to show you some details that you can not find easily on Things To Do Lists of Istanbul. World travellers oftenly come and visit Istanbul and they write their unique experience to their own travel blogs.

However, I wanted to show you Top Things To Do and Places To See In Istanbul from the eyes of an insider. You may find some details of Istanbul in this blog post, provided with high quality photos.

Top Tourist Attractions To See In Istanbul Visit

Here is my list of Things To Do In Istanbul as an official tour guide who was born and raised in this splendid city. I hope you enjoy the scenes from my camera.

  • Visiting Ancient Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is the spiritual center of Istanbul city. The building is nearly 1500 years old. Built by Justinian I of Byzantine Empire, Hagia Sophia is one of the oldest surviving monuments in the world.

Hagia Sophia Museum Photography

Hagia Sophia Museum Photography

Hagia Sophia’s Byzantine Mosacs And Frescoes

Istanbul had been a home to  Great Roman Empire and Eastern Roman Empire (Also known as Byzantine Empire. Therefore there is a considerable Roman heritage in Istanbul and Turkey. Byzantines were very good at Mosaic Art. They created some of the best mosaics and frescoes of Medieval ages. You may witness this beauty in Hagia Sophia Museum of Istanbul.

Seraphim Angels Located On The Corner Of Hagia Sophia’s Dome

Seraphim Angels Located On The Corner Of Hagia Sophia’s Dome

Hagia Sophia Second Floor Galleries

Do not forget to get to Hagia Sophia‘s second floor to see renowned Deisis Mosaic.

Hagia Sophia Second Floor Galleries
  • Eating Street Food In Istanbul

Turkish food is world-wide famous being delicious. Kebap, Döner, Baklava and Turkish Coffee are the best examples that Turkish cuisine would offer. Istanbul is very clean city with safe food. Street vendors are selling great food that all Food Tours pick some things from them during the Istanbul Culinary experience tours.

You may find delicious local pastries like Simit, Börek, Açma, Çatal in the street. Besides many of the street vendors sell fresh pomegranate juice for a very low price. They also sell roasted chestnuts and sweet corn too.

Delicious Street Food By The Street Vendors Of Istanbul

Street Food By The Street Vendors Of Istanbul
  • Touring With Bosphorus Cruise Boats

Catching one of the Bosphorus tour boats would be a memorable trip to remember afterwards. You may take the best photos of your Istanbul trip during the Bosphorus cruise journey.

You can see beautiful houses lined alongside the Bosphorus shores. Some of them are considered as most expensive in this part of the world.

Bosphorus Cruise Tour Views With The Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Cruise Tours

Waterfront Houses Of Bopshorus Called Yalı

Bopshorus Shores Of Istanbul
  • Walking Through The Istiklal Avenue

Istiklal Street or Avenue is known as the symbol street of Istanbul. It starts from Taksim Square and ends by the Galata Tower.

Strolling Through Istanbul Istiklal Avenue

Strolling Through Istanbul Istiklal Avenue
  • Climbing Up To Galata Tower

Climbing up to the Galata Tower and having a look at the best view of Istanbul is a must. You may see entire city with 360 view.

Galata Tower Of Istanbul

Climbing Up To Galata Tower
  • Best Byzantine Mosaics Chora Church

Istanbul used to be Constantinople, the capital of Byzantine Empire. The Chora Church was a monastery building during the early Byzantine period. Later Byzantine high ranking Bureaucrat  Theodoros Metochites converted the Chora Church into an elegant Church of the city. He invested a fortune to create splendid interior decoration of Chora Church which is adorned with 14th century mosaics.

If you visit this place, you may experiene marvelous examples of Medieval Byzantine art. This great mosaics and frescoes are considered as the Renaissance Of Byzantine Empire.

Chora Church is known as Kariye Museum today. It is a museum requires ticket to visit.

Splendid Frescoes Of Istanbul Chora Church

Splendid Frescoes Of Istanbul Chora Church

Ancient Frescoes And Mosaics Of Chora Church

Ancient Frescoes And Mosaics Of Chora Church
  • Shopping At Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar or Spice Market is a popular shopping place in Istanbul. To go to Spice Bazaar and taste spices, nuts, Turkish delights is a fun experince. Definitely recommended.

Shopping And Eating In The Spice Bazaar

Shopping And Eating In The Spice Bazaar
  • Topkapı Palace Museum And Harem Of Sultans

Topkapi Palace had been a residence to 25 Ottoman Sultans in the history of Ottoman Empire. It is a marvelous place containing 4 large courtyards. It is great experience to walk through the couryards and see the jewelry section. There is one of the largest diamond of the world named: Kaşıkçı Elması, and there is the most precious dagger of the world: Topkapı Dagger.

Topkapı Palace was also home to concubines. Harem of Topkapi Palace very interesting to see.

Topkapı Palace Museum Harem Rooms

Topkapı Palace Museum Harem Rooms
Topkapi Dagger In Treasury Section Of Topkapi Palace
TOPKAPI DAGGER IN TREASURY SECTION OF TOPKAPI PALACE
  • Elegant Ottoman Street Fountains

There are a lot of monumental street fountains scattered around the Istanbul Old City. Since providing water to the locals considered as a sacred mission, Ottoman Sultans built many of them in the City.

Fountain Of Ahmed IIII Of Ottoman Empire

Fountain Of Ahmed IIII Of Ottoman Empire

Fountain Of Tophane Next To Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque

This beautiful monumental fountain is located in Tophane district. Very near to the Galataport Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal. The fountain and mosque are built by Mimar Sinan. The most famous architect of entire Ottoman era.

Fountain Of Tophane Next To Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque

Yeni Cami (New Mosque) At Eminönü

New Mosque is located at Eminönü district of Istanbul. Eminönü is considered as the center of Istanbul Historical Peninsula. New Mosque is literally 350 years old. However Istanbulites still call it with its firts name, given by the folk in 17th century “Yeni Cami”.

Yeni Cami (New Mosque)
  • Discover Istanbul With A Private Tour Guide

You probably have some impression about Istanbul’s diverse history by now, if you had a look at the article and photos. To discover the hidden stories and off the beaten path of Istanbul, I strongly recommend you to hire a guide in the city.

The owner of this website, Serhat Engul, is a professional tour guide in Istanbul who offers Istanbul Custom Tours. You may book one of my tours to unveil Istanbul’s hidden beauties and non-touristic restaurants and districts.

I wish you would have a great journey in Istanbul.

Unveil Istanbul With A Private Tour Guide

Myterious Legends Of Hagia Sophia And Istanbul

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Written By Serhat Engül

Licensed Tour Guide In Istanbul

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