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Istanbul is a very attractive city to visit, receiving 8 million foreign tourists each year. It is the only city in the world t...

Istanbul is a very attractive city to visit, receiving 8 million foreign tourists each year. It is the only city in the world that connects two continents, Europe and Asia. Istanbul provides a unique experience as it offers a modern European city, as well as an ancient culture with Eastern-style

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Ihlamur Pavilion Istanbul

The Ihlamur Pavilion is located at the intersection of Nüzhetiye Street between Ihlamur and Tesvikiye .  It sits in an a...

The Ihlamur Pavilion is located at the intersection of Nüzhetiye Street between Ihlamur and Tesvikiye .  It sits in an area of 25,000sqm and sources state that in the mid 18th century it had been a kiosk belonging to Hüseyin Efendi whilst others state it was an imperial garden (H

Ihlamur Pavilion Istanbul

Istanbul Metrobus

The metrobus system is Istanbul’s 50km rapid transit route for buses and has 45 stations that follow the city's ring-roa...

The metrobus system is Istanbul’s 50km rapid transit route for buses and has 45 stations that follow the city's ring-road via Avcilar , Zincirlikuyu and the Bosphorus Bridge to Sogutlucesme using dedicated bus lanes for the majority of the route.  {reklam,300,250,1} The first s

Istanbul Metrobus

Aya Sofya or Hagia Sophia

Aya Sofya, also known as Haghia Sophia, was for 1,000 years the largest enclosed space in the world.  Positioned between the ...

Aya Sofya, also known as Haghia Sophia, was for 1,000 years the largest enclosed space in the world.  Positioned between the Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque ( Blue Mosque ), the church dominated the city skyline for a millennium.  It was designed to make an impression of strength and

Aya Sofya or Hagia Sophia Istanbul

Black Sea Resorts close to

If you are staying in Istanbul the seaside villages of the Black Sea and resorts make for a good day trip or weekend break as a...

If you are staying in Istanbul the seaside villages of the Black Sea and resorts make for a good day trip or weekend break as accessibility is fairly easy.  Sile 70km from Uskudar , Sile is perched on a cliff-top overlooking a bay and the white sandy beaches that stretch far out to t

Black Sea Resorts close to Istanbul - Kilyos Sile Agva Polonezkoy

Most Valued Pieces at Topkapi

Most Valuable Artefacts in Topkapi Palace Ebony Throne The fabulous mid 16th century Ebony Throne with its back and ...

Most Valuable Artefacts in Topkapi Palace Ebony Throne The fabulous mid 16th century Ebony Throne with its back and sides inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl and was used by Sultan Murad IV. (Located in the First Room) Walnut Throne The Walnut Throne with inlay of mother-of-p

Most Valued Pieces at Topkapi Palace

Mehter Band

Mehter Band in Ottoman History During Ottoman times Janissaries were famous for their marching bands (Mehter bands) and date f...

Mehter Band in Ottoman History During Ottoman times Janissaries were famous for their marching bands (Mehter bands) and date from the days of the very first sultans’.  They would march into newly occupied territory before the new governors, to stress the authority of the Ottoman&rsquo

Mehter Band

Avrat Pazari or Women’s Slave

During the times of the Ottoman Empire you may be surprised to learn that many slaves gained positions of authority and power such...

During the times of the Ottoman Empire you may be surprised to learn that many slaves gained positions of authority and power such as Grand Viziers. They were often captured by pirates or taken as a form of tax from other provinces within the Empire during a devsirme or gathering. Most slaves had al

Avrat Pazari or Women’s Slave Market Istanbul

Top 20 Things to Do

Visit the Topkapi Palace For over three hundred years this was the heart and part command centre of the huge Ottoman Empire...

Visit the Topkapi Palace For over three hundred years this was the heart and part command centre of the huge Ottoman Empire – this sumptuously decorated palace needs at least half of a day to visit – if time is short make sure you do see the Harem, Imperial Treasury and take in th

Top 20 Things to Do in Istanbul

Istanbul Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is attached to Istanbul University and can be found via the grand gateway leading to the Istanbul Municipalit...

The Botanical Garden is attached to Istanbul University and can be found via the grand gateway leading to the Istanbul Municipality (Müftülüğü) offices and is a welcome oasis to while away half an hour or so but don’t expect the likes of Kew Gardens here.  You get gre

Istanbul Botanical Garden

Baths of Roxelana or Haseki

Built by Mimar Sinan in 1556, the double domed Hamam of Roxelana or Haseki Hurrem Sultan Turkish Bath sits between the Sultanahmet...

Built by Mimar Sinan in 1556, the double domed Hamam of Roxelana or Haseki Hurrem Sultan Turkish Bath sits between the Sultanahmet Mosque ( Blue Mosque ) and the Hagia Sophia Mosque (Aya Sofya), was named to honour Suleyman the Magnificent 's wife Roxelana (Hurrem Sultan), and was actually a rep

Baths of Roxelana or Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamam

Buyukada Istanbul

The island was once known as Prinkipo and is the largest of the Princes’ Islands.  Büyükada (Big Island) is a...

The island was once known as Prinkipo and is the largest of the Princes’ Islands.  Büyükada (Big Island) is a world away from busy Istanbul and this traffic free peaceful haven makes a perfect retreat at any time of year.  The best time to visit is in spring or autumn, it h

Buyukada Istanbul

Binbirdirek Cistern or Sarnici Istanbul

Binbirdirek Cistern or Cistern of 1001 Columns is Istanbul’s second largest cistern after the Basilica Cistern and the ...

Binbirdirek Cistern or Cistern of 1001 Columns is Istanbul’s second largest cistern after the Basilica Cistern and the entrance can be found off Imran Oktem Road. History {reklam,300,250,1} It is said to have began its construction on order of a Roman senator named Philoxenus at the

Binbirdirek Cistern or Sarnici Istanbul

Bebek Istanbul

Bebek (baby in Turkish) is the start of where the real wealth of the Bosphorus can be seen. From the suburbs to Sariyer are some ...

Bebek (baby in Turkish) is the start of where the real wealth of the Bosphorus can be seen. From the suburbs to Sariyer are some of the most beautiful and priceless mansions. {reklam,300,250,1} Just a 15 minute walk from Arnavutkoy along a park-side promenade to the village square where rich kids h

Bebek Istanbul

Pendik Istanbul

Pendik sits is on the Asian side of Istanbul between Kartal and Tuzla and on the coastline of the Sea of Marmara and has a populat...

Pendik sits is on the Asian side of Istanbul between Kartal and Tuzla and on the coastline of the Sea of Marmara and has a population of around 625,000.  Up until the 1970s Pendik was a rural area a long distance from the city centre, and today this highly populated area has a mixture of workin

Pendik Istanbul

Blachernae Palace Istanbul

This palace complex was built by Emperor Anastasios in 500 close to where the land walls met the sea walls on the shoreline of ...

This palace complex was built by Emperor Anastasios in 500 close to where the land walls met the sea walls on the shoreline of the Golden Horn .  It was named after a sacred spring (ayazma) that was deeply worshipped and used by the imperial family on their visits to the palace.  

Blachernae Palace Istanbul

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