Istanbul Journals

Istanbul in 3 days

A travel journal to Istanbul by linet

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Quote: If you are determined to do the impossible, here is the chance. This route is designed to be practical and discover all the musts of this city in 72 hours max.

Istanbul in 3 days

Overview

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First day -Topkapi palace -Hagia Sophia -Yerebatan Sayi -Blue mosque Second day -Bosporus tour -Taksim, beyoglu Third day -Closed bazaar -Egyptian Bazaar -Kumkapi Quick Tips: Beware the fact that Istanbul is a big city, a metropole. Even its residents suffer from the dense population, pollution, and crime which exists in all metropoles in the world. Best Way To Get Around: Getting from the airport There is the metro line which leaves direcly from the airport. Step out at Zeytinburnu and find the tram stop of Zeytinburnu, which is nearby. This tram will take you to Sultanahmet, to the old centrum....Read More

Konyali Restaurant

Restaurant

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Konyali Restaurant is located right in the palace. Mainly kebabs are served here. It is rather pricy due to the location. On the other hand, it is one of the upmarket restaurants of the city, and the view is great.

It has been a long time since I have been to this restaurant, but my local contacts still say that is preserving its reputation. So if you are starving in the middle of your visit to Topkapi palace, do not hesitate to visit.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Konyali Restaurant
Topkapi Palace
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 0212-5139696

Kumkapi

Restaurant

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From the Sirkeci station, take the train to Kumkapi for a night’s show.

Kumkapi is famous for its fish restaurants. There are many of them, tables are on the streets next to each other. Gypsies come playing music, belly dancers go around the tables. It is up to you to tip them or not. Meze’s and fish are fresh. Quality is more or less similar on this street, but I would suggest the place of ‘Kor Agop’ (Blind Agop), which has a good reputition.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Kumkapi
Kumkapi Tram stop
Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi Palace

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Attraction

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The first palace of Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, completed just before the death of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the concurer of Istanbul. This palace was a city all by itself. The absolute musts of the palace are the harem, the treasury, and the views of Bosporus from the palace. The harem is the private quarters of the Sultan. The image is that it would be full of beautiful woman belonging to the Sultan. However, these women were not all his lovers; his sisters, mother, and sons also lived here. Also, it was an institution to educate girls who were given as presents or bought. Once more, they would not all be the sultan’s lovers. These girls would get a good education and marry noblemen or statesmen of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Topkapi Palace
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey
90 212 5224422

Hagia Sophia

Attraction | "Hagia Sofia"

Hagia Sophia Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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6th century church inherited from Byzantium. It was converted into a mosque after the city was conquered by Turks. Modern Turkish republic has made a museum out of it, which was a proper decision because this building was not made to be a church or a mosque. It is an architectural miracle, survived many earthquakes and survived to tell us that god is above religions. When I am there I get a thrilling feeling, as if I am visiting a very holy place. You see the Islamic art and the Byzantium mosaics right in the same place, this huge space. Or it feels much more spacious than it is actually. Byzantium emperors loved to have them painted - or illustrated as mosaics - with Jesus and Maria. Colo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Hagia Sophia
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 528 4500

Aya Sofya/ Church of Holy Wisdom

Attraction | "Blue Mosque and Yerebatan Sarayi"

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Yerebatan Sarayi, water tank of the Byzantium and Blue mosques are two other attractions around Sultanahmet. Blue mosque is named after the blue tiles used in the architecture. Please note that this mosque is being used today, so do not photograph the paying people. Ladies are advised to bring their own scarf with them other wise they will have to use the common ones. Uncovered legs and very low sleeves are not appropriate clothing here. If you are clothed appropriately, you may go in and admire this gorgeous mosque. The tiles, Islamic art and the mihrab are the top attractions. Yerebatan Sarayi (Sunken Palace) is very romantic, which one would not expect from an ex-water tank. O...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Aya Sofya/ Church of Holy Wisdom
Sultanhamet
Istanbul, Turkey

Bosphorus Strait

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Attraction | "Tour along Bosphorus with Beggar's ship"

Bosphorus Strait Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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Take the boat from Eminonu: 10.30, 11.55, 13.30 on normal working days. This costs about 5$. You will make a long ride up and down Bosphorus, through all points of interest. This boat will stop at the following places: Beşiktaş Kanlıca Yeniköy Sarıyer Rumeli Kavağı Anadolu Kavağı In the weekend it will leave at 11.20 and will make the following stops: Beşiktaş Ortaköy Kanlıca Sarıyer Rumeli Kavağı Anadolu Kavağı Along the way, you will first notice the legendary girl's tower. There are countless stories about why this tower was built in the middle of the sea. It is used as a luxury restaurant today. A dinner here can set you back by 60$ per person. Cust...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Bosphorus Strait
Eminonu
Istanbul, Turkey

Beyoglu/Istiklal caddesi

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Story/Tip

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From Taksim, a very central point for public tranport, find your way to Beyoglu, Istiklal caddesi. Today, this is a commercial district, and most embassies and consulates are here. Notice the entrance of Galatasaray Lisesi, one of the first modern schools of Ottoman Empire. Roll up the Istiklal Street, enjoy the architecture of embassy buildings and others. Once upon a time, ladies and gentleman in fine clothes would be hanging out here. Today, all kinds of people walk in the crowd, like a sample of Turkey. There is a nostalgic tram going up and down the street, to tunel, the second metro of the world. It is a very small one, though. Because I have never used it, I do not know where it end...Read More

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Attraction | "Kapalicarsi (Closed Bazaar)"

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Beware: Closed bazaar has many gates. If you promise a friend to meet at the gate of Kapalicarsi, that means you will never see each other again. If you are coming from Sultanahmet, it is advised to enter from Nuruosmaniye gate (near Nuruosmaniye mosque). Unless you have excellent negotiation skills, it is not advised to shop here. But do not miss the architecture behind the shops. If you would like to stop for lunch break, Havuzlu Lokanta is advised. This lokanta (simply restaurant in Turkish), typically lunch restaurant for the locals and the tourists still maintains good quality. You can choose your food by pointing at the window. Food is good, fresh but a bit more pricy than normal lok...Read More

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
Kalpakcilarbasi Street
Istanbul, Turkey

Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)

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Turkish Viagra !! Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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It is the place for gourmets like me. Air is filled with the scents of Turkish coffee, lokum, and countless spices. Traditional clothes and tile colored ceramics can be purchased. A stop at Gulluoglu, a sweet shop which is now famous Turkey-wide, is surely advised. Out of the back gate, follow the coffee smell to Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. This guy sells absolutely the best Turkish coffee. You can also get a Turkish coffee set here. Egyptian bazaar is a unique oriental experience. Locals adore this place. Some Turkish people enjoy the benefits of traditional knowledge next to modern medicine and use spices for health which they purchase here. This bazaar, is living because it is st...Read More