Kadiköy

kadikoy

Kadiköy, located on the ancient Chalcedon, first settlement in the region, is a large, populous and cosmopolitan district at the north shore of the Sea of Marmara, crossing Bosphorus Strait. Kadiköy is also the name of the most prominent neighborhood of the district, a residential and commercial area with numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, which is the main cultural center of the Asian side … Leer más

Prince Islands

prince islands

The Prince Islands are a chain of nine small islands in the Sea of Marmara, near the coast of Istanbul, which constitute the district Adalar (Islands) of the province. While consists of nine islands, four of them, the largest and most populated are also the most known and visited: Buyukada (Big Island of 5, 46 kilometers) Heybeliada, Burgazada and Kinaliada, that you can access … Leer más

Pierre Loti Cafe

pierre loti cafe

Located on the highest point of the hill of Eyup Cemetery, this site is called for the pseudonym of Julian Viaud, French writer, Navy officer and an Istanbul passionate lover, who it is said used to come here to seek inspiration. From this place and tasting the famous Turkish apple tea, you would appreciate fabulous views of … Leer más

Eminönü

eminonu

Eminönü is a historic neighborhood, where was the heart of ancient Byzantium and Constantinople. Previously it was listed as a district of Istanbul, but as its population started to decline because of the tourism environment, it became part of the Fatih district. In Eminönü converge the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, which opens to the Sea of Marmara. It is one of the tourist areas of … Leer más

Blue Mosque

blue mosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque, as it is known in Turkey, is the most famous and important mosque of Istanbul. It is named after Sultan Ahmed I, who ordered its construction, between 1609 and 1617, although it was completed in its entirety during the reign of Sultan Mustafa I, Ahmed successor. It is a major tourist destination, but it continues … Leer más

Basilica Cistern

basilica cistern

The Basilica Cistern was one of the several cisterns of Constantinople, created to store water in case of contingency. It is also called, for its beauty and magnitude, «Sunken Palace». Built by order of Justinian I (527-565) in the basement of an ancient basilica which it was named for,  the cistern was destined to supply the Byzantine palace, … Leer más

Galata Tower

galata tower

This tower, called by the Genoese the Tower of Christ, is one of the world’s Earliest. It is a medieval stone tower just north of the Golden Horn and is one of the most impressive monuments of the city. Shaped like a giant cylinder with a conical roof, the Galata Tower dominates the skyline and provides a panoramic view of Old Istanbul and … Leer más

Haghia Sophia

hagia sophia

Hagia Sophia (“Ayasofya” in Turkish), is, because of its beauty, size, grandeur and functionality, one of the architectural wonders of the world, still preserved today. It was the largest church built during the Eastern Roman Empire, ordered by the Emperor Constantius (Constantine’s son), and since then it has been built three times in the same place.   History … Leer más

Saint Saviour in Chora

saint saviour in chora

The Church of St. Saviour in Chora is considered as one of the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art today in the world. It was built in the Edirnekapi, on the outskirts of the city wall of Constantine (later inside the walls, with the new bigger wall of Theodosius) and close to one of its doors, to which … Leer más

Galata Bridge

galata bridge

The Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü) crosses the Golden Horn and connects the districts of Eminonu and Karakoy, the oldest and most historic areas in the foothills of the modern part of the city. It has 490 meters long and is another symbol of Istanbul. Bridges over the Golden Horn The first bridge was built in 1845 by the mother of Sultan Abd-ul-Mejid. After 37 years … Leer más