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Istanbul – the most beautiful mystery of Orient

If you want to experience the mystery of the Orient, visit Istanbul, its most precious jewel, and very soon, you will be attached to it,  without even noticing.

 

Istanbul, Byzantium, and Constantinople – whatever its name is, this city has always fueled the imagination.  The former home of two of the greatest world empires, Istanbul is located on the Bosporus between two continents, Europe on one side, and Asia on the other. At first glance, Istanbul is a city of contrasts. It is a city of mosques and minarets, but also the spiritual cradle of the Orthodox Church. If you think about visiting Istanbul, this is probably one of the best decisions you can make, because this city cannot disappoint.  It is estimated that daily about three million tourists pass along the streets of Istanbul. Therefore, for this city, they say that it never sleeps. 

In its streets, you will find everything you want and feel the best tastes and smells of beautiful Istanbul.  The city exudes the smell of fish, flowers, cheese, spices, roasted meat, and bread. The sounds of drums, trumpets, taxis, the shouts of sellers, and the call to prayer are echoing through the city. They say that you were not in Istanbul if you have not tried the pistachio baklava.   

This is a city of history and culture, with numerous cultural and historical attractions you must visit. The trip to Istanbul cannot pass without a visit to Topkapi Palace, which has been the residence of the sultans for centuries, and one of the most significant buildings in Turkey.  It was built on the order of Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century and has been under UNESCO protection since 1985.  Within the palace, there is a harem.

One of the iconic buildings that everyone should see is the famous Hagia Sophia. This monumental construction has historically served as a religious building of different religions and always has been the subject of admiration. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian and was the work of two famous architects of that time, Antemijus and Isidorus. It is said that it changed the history of Byzantine architecture. Inside Hagia Sophia, many Byzantine emperors were crowned.

Just across the Hagia Sophia in a beautiful park full of flowers and fountains, there is the Blue Mosque, built in the 7th century during the reign of Sultan Ahmed. It got its name because of the 20,000 blue tiles that cover its interior. This is the only mosque in Turkey that has six minarets. The appearance of the mosque is based on the styles of the two traditions – the Ottoman and Byzantine. The interior of the Masque is adorned with numerous chandeliers and oriental carpets of beautiful colors.

Istanbul has always considered being a trade center, where you can find everything you want. Typical of the Orient, Istanbul has numerous bazaars where you can find spices, tea, leather goods, jewelry, and perfumes. The Grand Bazaar, a large market, which dates from the fifteenth century and founded by Sultan Mehmed II., is the heart of the city and its main symbol. It contains over 4,000 shops located along the 64 covered streets. If you are addicted to shopping, then this is the right place for you. Between 250,000 to 400,000 people visit the market daily as it is one of the most popular shopping places to enjoy exciting shopping adventure. 

Close to the Grand Bazaar, there is Bayezid square. At the time it was made ( 393.g) it was the largest market in the whole city. From Bayezid square leads a street to the Istanbul University, which contains Bayezid tower in its complex. This square is the perfect place for those who love ancient books and used clothes. On this square lies the Bayezid Mosque and the Museum of calligraphy.

After a full day of walking and bargain in the bazaars, although you will not notice when the time is over, you need a vacation. Nothing better than relaxing in a Turkish bath, a popular hammam. You are wondering how much this satisfaction costs. Prices start at twenty euros and up. In the water are added essential oils of pine or eucalyptus, which have a calming effect. Forget about stress and worry, and toxins will disappear from your body.

There are many places in Istanbul worth a visit, from museums, through squares, to the streets hiding secrets that you cannot even imagine. This is not without reason the city, where the continents have decided to merge.

 

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