My Favorite Spots In Istanbul

Istanbul Places I love to wander around by foot or by boat, and also sample amazing Turkish cuisine
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Nevizade Street, Beyoğlu, Istanbul .  Endless little bistros, trinket shops, flower stands, very lively night and day, was party central in early 20th Century post world war .

Boncuk Meyhane is located at the famous and popular Nevizade Sokak, which is just off the Istiklal Caddesi. Nevizade Sokak is one of the best places in the world for a boisterous evening meal and people-watching. Boncuk is a great choice on this street.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Camii -- Built 1616 during the height of Ottoman Empire reign, it is only 1 of 2 mosques out of thousands of mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets instead of the customary 4 or 2. The dramatic inside of the mosque is lined with over 20,000 handmade İznik style ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs in mostly blue tints (Hence the name of the mosque in English).

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul - Turkey *Lol, this is not the Blue Mosque. It's Sabanci Merkez Camii in Adana - Turkey.

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia - Was a Greek orthodox Christian Patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and how a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The remarkable Christ Pantocrator mosaic, dome of Saint Savior in Chora Church, Kariye Muzesi, Istanbul, Turkey. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century right at the commencement of the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium. The interior of this church is "to die for", pun intended. In Isty, amazingly you will find some of the most gorgeous churches in the world, there since antiquity of course.

The Kariye Museum (Church of the Holy Savior in Chora), near the Byzantine city walls - Istanbul, Turkey - fantastic mosaics (circa

The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey .  It is not a river, it is a "waterway" linking two seas -- the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea.  8,000 years ago, it was land, and the Black Sea was a very large lake .  On the left is Europe or Avrupa, on the right is Asia or Anadolu, and the bridge obviously links the two continents, the only one that does that in the world . Make sure to take a public ferryboat ride up and down the Bosphorus.

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü / Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ~ İstanbul, Turkey ~ Freeman Fox & Partners ~ Gravity-anchored Suspension Bridge ~ m / ft ~ Also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge.

The Princes Islands -- One of the most peaceful places in the city, well an island outside of the city, peaceful because no cars are allowed, only horse-drawn carriages just like 500 years ago. Take the fast IDO "Seabus" ferryboat which takes about 50 minutes from Kabatas on the Marmara Sea, European side of the city.   The ferry also stops at 3 adjacent islands,  Kınalıada, Burgazada, and Heybeliada, again all car-less.

Big Island (Buyukada), Prince Islands, Istanbul, Turkey © Motaz Al Tawil

A classically appointed Topkapı Palace room, with the blue tiles and the colored-glass ornate window, a life of regal splendor and informed indulgence 500 years ago in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Visiting Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

Topkapı Palace, Istanbul was the centre of the Ottoman empire. A place of politics & intrigue, read our guide to the Palace before visiting.