Historic Istanbul

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Istanbul

Everyone who loves the fusion of history, the oriental atmosphere, and adventure should visit Istanbul. Add the delicious cuisine and breathtaking architecture, and this place becomes a real gem for exploring.

A place that connects two continents: Asia and Europe. It is one of the most exciting and historic cities in the world. Its diverse culture, fascinating history, and fairy-tale architecture make it irresistible. Here are five reasons why you should visit this unique tourist destination at least once in your life.

Istanbul, once Constantinople or Byzantium, was conquered in the 11th century by the Ottoman Empire. It boasts a rich history reflected in its archaeological monuments. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace are just a few of the places that will take you back in time and allow you to experience the immense charm of this amazing city.

Istanbul

Multicultural City

Istanbul combines influences from different cultures and religions, reflected in its rich culture. Stroll around the bazaars, filled with aromatic oriental spices, and taste traditional Turkish dishes. Istanbul is a multicultural city where you will find everything you need. Currently, it has more than 20 million inhabitants. Several million tourists from around the world visit Istanbul annually.

Unique Architecture

Istanbul is home to countless architectural gems. The magnificent Hagia Sophia, once a church, then a mosque, later a museum, and today again a mosque, amazingly combines Christian and Islamic elements. You can also enjoy the harem at Topkapi Palace or Dolmabahçe Palace in Ortaköy. Don’t miss the Blue Mosque, Ortaköy Mosque, or Galata Tower. Taksim, the main square, is Istanbul’s vibrant and energetic heart. You can’t miss it.

Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge – A Fascinating Location Bordering Two Continents

The Bosphorus, a remarkable strait between Europe and Asia, is a hallmark of Istanbul. It is located in Ortaköy, Beşiktaş. A romantic boat trip on the Bosphorus accompanied by seagulls will allow you to admire the panoramic views and experience the unique atmosphere of two different worlds. You will see both the poorer Asian and the affluent European parts in the palm of your hand.

Inexpensive Shopping

The Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar, Bit Pazari, and Spice Bazaar are among the largest and oldest marketplaces in the world. They offer exciting and affordable Turkish specialties and souvenirs. You’ll find everything from rugs to jewelry. Shopping in this diverse setting is a great way to experience the vibrant energy of Istanbul.

Delicious Local Cuisine

Istanbul Turks are lovers of good food. You will be delighted by the scrumptious Turkish cuisine. Surely, you have heard about sweet baklava or Köfte meatballs. And it is not all! For an even more excellent gastronomic experience, we recommend stuffed potato dumplings, genuine Turkish coffee, lahmacun pizza, pide, and lamb kebab. Street food is widespread in Turkey. The most common is simit, a crispy pretzel with sesame, and pastry with lemon. Turkish cuisine is considered one of the best in the world. Be prepared to not lose weight in Istanbul.

Istanbul will impress you because it has an irresistible charm. It offers a tempting mix of history and unique architecture that will captivate every traveler. Whether you’re a lover of history, shopping, enchanting views, or adventure, this mega-city offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Text: Natália Bosáková, photo: unsplash.com