Overview Istanbul

Visiting Istanbul

The one-time capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is one of the world’s most important cities, and a haven for history lovers, architecture lovers and culture mavens from across the globe.

The city’s ancient history is on permanent display at its innumerable historic sightseeing spots. Tourists flock to historic mosques like Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Suleyman Mosque, each boasting soaring domes and stunning architectural features. The massive Topkapi Palace, once the seat of power for the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years, is now one of the city’s largest and most popular sightseeing spots.

When not visiting one of Istanbul’s ... Read More
The one-time capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is one of the world’s most important cities, and a haven for history lovers, architecture lovers and culture mavens from across the globe.

The city’s ancient history is on permanent display at its innumerable historic sightseeing spots. Tourists flock to historic mosques like Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Suleyman Mosque, each boasting soaring domes and stunning architectural features. The massive Topkapi Palace, once the seat of power for the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years, is now one of the city’s largest and most popular sightseeing spots.

When not visiting one of Istanbul’s Archaeology Museums, tourists flock to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world. Since its beginnings in the 15th century, the bazaar has grown to encompass 58 covered streets, with over 4,000 stores selling traditional wares like pottery, jewelry and spices, in addition to a host of other standard retail options.

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Taking the Tram in Istanbul

Written by koshkha on 17 May, 2012

Istanbul is one of the world’s biggest cities but for most visitors, the things they want to see are very close together and it’s easy to forget that 13.4 million people call this city their home. It’s a big city that feels – from the…Read More


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Fish + Bread = Fish Bread (of course)

Written by koshkha on 16 May, 2012

During our trip to Istanbul we had a lot of good meals but you don't always want the bother of finding a restaurant, sitting down and having a proper meal. Sometimes you just want something to 'grab and go' and my top recommendation for cheap,…Read More


Getting to Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Written by TianjinPaul on 28 Jul, 2010

As I had been in Turkey for almost five months, my mother decided that it was high time she came to visit and to lavish me with own particular brand of maternal over-protection. So, as any good son would, I went to meet her at…Read More


Riding the Funikuler

Written by TianjinPaul on 28 Jul, 2010

It was a balmy Sunday evening and I was going to the airport to pick up my mother. As I had plenty of time and was keen on saving a few lira, I decided to use the city's transit system rather than splurge on a…Read More


Be Prepared to Sweat

Written by TianjinPaul on 20 Jul, 2010

I remember a couple of extremely hot summers spent in South Korea and China, through which the supply of air-conditioning was decidedly sparse. This was, predominantly, due to the rather frugal nature of my employers who did not want to eat into their profit margins…Read More


Magical Mystery Tour

Written by TianjinPaul on 08 Jul, 2010

The events in this story were caused partly by the ambiguity of the information provided by Istanbul's transport system and tourist authorities, partly by my own overt stupidity and partly by the apparent decisiveness of two Chinese tourists. Things began on a Tuesday afternoon in…Read More


The Top Sights

Written by Wasatch on 18 Jun, 2010

Although it has an impressive setting spreading across several hills on two continents straddling the Bosporus between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara (technically, Istanbul is not on the Mediterranean Sea but on the Sea of Marmara), I didn’t find…Read More


Watching Fener

Written by TianjinPaul on 26 May, 2010

Turkish football is a decidedly tribal beast. In itself, this may not seem like an especially unusual statement. After all, football in most countries follows a similar pattern. However, the city of Istanbul takes things to completely different level, playing host to some of sport's…Read More


Asia to Europe

Written by TianjinPaul on 19 May, 2010

The division between Europe and Asia is, geographically at least, signaled by the bridges that span the Bosphorous. This may be true in purely physical terms, but the identity and persona of the two continents are not so black and white. The transition from Europe…Read More


What's in a name?

Written by TianjinPaul on 19 May, 2010

My name is Paul. It was bequeathed to me as much in compromise as anything. This is, at least, what I am told, as I have no great recollection of the name actually being bestowed upon me. Apparently, my father wanted to name me after…Read More


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