Intrinsically Istanbul

Intrinsically Istanbul

#Istanbul #Turkey is the centre of the world. Come here for #history, #culture, #relaxation, #foodanddrink and a lot more! I loved exploring the sites of historic interest, and of course doing some shopping in the Grand Bazaar!


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.

  Istanbul is home to an ever-growing list of trendy and beautiful hotels  
Stunning views of the Bosphorus
The Bosphorus Four Seasons
We were very close to the river

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.

  this glorious monument comprises of six minarets  
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The impressive Blue Mosque
In front of the Mosque :)
The exquisite interior

Hagia Sophia:

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.

  its intricate interior leaves a stunning imprint on your memory  
The Hagia Sophia
It's highly decorated
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.  

  one of the most magnificent structures in Istanbul  
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Topkapi Palace and its treasures

  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. 

Shopping

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!  

Having fun in the Bazaar
Shisha pipes
Turkish lanterns

Taksim Square:

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.

Our traditional portraits
Posing for the cameraRestaurants Restaurants to check out:
  • Restaurants to check out:
  • Sortie
  • Reina
  • Ulus 29
  • Spago

Traditional turkish foods:

  • Backlava – traditional turkish dessert
  • Turkish delight
  • Simit – Round pretzel like bread
  • Kanafeh – The most amazing cheese dessert I have had!

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