Istanbul Journals

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A travel journal to Istanbul by garymarsh6

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Quote: The cosmopolitan city of Istanbul. A mixture of European and Asian culture.

Bosphorus Strait

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Attraction | "The Separation of two continents."

Bosphorus Strait Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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The Bosphorus Straits. The Bosphorus straits is a channel of water that separates Europe from Asia and is a strategic channel because it runs from the Black sea in the north through the sea of Marmara, the Dardanelle straits, to Mediterranean sea in the South. The Bosphorus is approximately 17 miles long and is only 1 and three quarter miles at its widest point. It varies in depth from 118 feet to 407 feet deep which makes it an ideal shipping channel. At its southern end the city and former capital of Turkey Istanbul is situated.The Bosporus was such an important channel of water the British Government and Allies wanted to keep its shipping lanes open so that sup...Read More

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Bosphorus Strait
Eminonu
Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Attraction | "Shop till you drop."

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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The Grand Bazaar known as the Kapali Carsi (Covered market).The grand Bazaar is another must see place to visit when in Istanbul. It is quite unique in the way that it is set out. It is absolutely vast covering an area of at least 37.1 hectares and is the biggest covered market in the world. Although there are 21 entrances there are four main entrances at either end of the two main streets in the bazaar. Most of the bazaar is under cover and off the two main streets one of which is called Kalpakcilarbasi street where they sell gold and the second main street is called Inciciler Sokagi ( Pearl Street). There are over 50-60 plus smaller streets and alleyways all containing shops. There are ...Read More

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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
Kalpakcilarbasi Street
Istanbul, Turkey

Kervansaray Restaurant and Nightclub

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Restaurant | "More than a belly full at this club."

Kervansaray Restaurant and Nightclub Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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Kervansaray Restaurant and night club is a beautiful night club in the city of Istanbul. It produces traditional Turkish shows that include regional folk dancing, Turkish Belly dancing and a short cabaret show at the end of the evening.Arriving at the club it appears quite swish and is well furnished in traditional Turkish furniture. There are apparently three function rooms in the building two holding up to 200 people and one over five hundred. Bookings can be made on an individual or group booking basis.We visited this restaurant/night club one evening for a Turkish cultural show which included a troupe of traditional folk dancing, belly dancing and a cabaret.I wa...Read More

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Kervansaray Restaurant and Nightclub
Cumhuriyet Cad. No: 52/A
Elmadag, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 2471630

Church of St. Savior in Chora (Chora Museum)

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Attraction | "First a Church, Then a Mosque now a museum."

Church of St. Savior in Chora (Chora Museum) Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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St. Savior in Chora church. St, Savior in Chora church can be found in the Edirnekapi area of Istanbul.In the 4th century originally a wooden structure was built as the church but burnt down as was a common problem with wooden churches so they built the current structure in the 11th century outside the city walls of Istanbul or Constantinople as it was known then. It formed part of a monastery complex. The inside of the church was very ornately decorated with mosaics and frescos in the 14th century whilst it was still being used as a church. Once the Ottomans invaded and took over the city it was turned into a Mosque and all the murals were covered over in plaste...Read More

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Church of St. Savior in Chora (Chora Museum)
Kariye Cami Sokak, Edirnekapý
Istanbul, Turkey

Pierre Loti Cafe

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Restaurant | "A coffee with a view."

Pierre Loti Cafe Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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Pierre Loti Cafe, Eyup. Istanbul.The Pierre Loti cafe is at the top of a hill in Eyup district overlooking the Golden Horn with views of the mosques and minarets of Istanbul in the distance. Who was Pierre Loti?A 19th century French naval officer called Julien Viaud used the pen name of Pierre Loti to take time out at a small cafe on the top of the hill at Eyup to write his travel logs love stories and novels. He found this place inspirational and peaceful and was able to concentrate on his writing as it was very quiet there. The cafe in those days was just a shack with a couple of tables, stools and a small stove.Pierre Loti wrote some very interestin...Read More

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Pierre Loti Cafe
Gumussuyu Balmumcu Sik 1
Istanbul, Turkey