Mesmerizing architecture, delicious cuisines, and the warm and hospitable people, that’s the charm of Turkish societies that people get to witness on their trip to Istanbul. The grandiose of the hospitality ushered here bewitchingly captivates the senses of tourists from around the globe and bounds them to revisit the place again and again. Strategically situated between the two continents – Europe and Asia, the area boasts the unique amalgamation of Asian culture’s richness and Europe’s high-end modernity. Even though the east meets the west here, people come here primarily to experience the coexistence of the old and new cities.
Istanbul turns into a spectacular beauty during the spring and the fall season. Primarily, the end of February and the March beginning are the best time to visit the beautiful lands of Eurasia. Moreover, during this time, the crowd rush around the city smooths down and the bright, as well as lively colours of the town, are blooming at the fullest. Additionally, during late spring, visitors will even get to soothe their souls with the magnificent glory of International Tulip Festival.
So, if you’re still confused at deciding which scenic beauties of Istanbul to explore, here are the top architectural wonders of the place to visit:
The Topkapi Palace perfectly depicts the divine confluence of the rich history and scenic beauty of the Turkish city. Spread across the radius of five kilometers and 27 towers within the palace compound, the geographies here are filled with stories from the rich Ottoman empire history. Going back in history, the palace was situated atop a hill overlooking the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus and served as the residence to Ottoman royals, followed by the Sultans and later on, the Turkish government. But as of now, the Palace serves as a museum where tourists get to see the harem’s quarters (where the government worked), weapons, kitchen and exquisite collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, and ruby jewels from the Sultan’s Time.
Constructed back in the 17th century, the Blue Mosque is still actively used for worship activities and comes amongst the most famous mosques in the Eurasian region. Closed for the daily prayer times only, the rest of the time tourists can freely explore the shrine by maintaining the sanctity of this place. Visitors are advised to remove their shoes before entering the area and women should keep their heads covered. Upon entering the holy place, the people will be left amazed by the artistic finesse of the architecture place with 200 stained glass window and twenty thousand ceramic tiles painted with tulips on them.
Grand Covered Bazaar
The shopaholics out there shouldn’t miss a chance of exploring the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. With around 5000+ shops, the bazaar holds a rich collection of antiques, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, traditional jewelry, spices, dry fruits and more. Moreover, it is also considered one of the largest indoor marketplaces in the world witnessing the footfall of around a quarter million visitors every day. Operating since 1461, the market currently accommodates two mosques, two steam baths, four fountains, and Cevahir Bedesten (the oldest part of the market selling most precious gems, furniture, and weapons from ancient times).
Constructed in the 6th century by Roman emperor Justinian I, the Cistern has been the source of water for Istanbul for many centuries. Places like these are an epitome of learning how advanced the ancient civilization was that the technologies invented by them are making their relevance felt even in the 21st century. The underground site was built in the area of basilica- a public building utilised for court meetings and public functions organised by the royal families and is currently situated near the famous Blue Mosque. The ardent James Bond followers will quickly get to recognise this place as back in 1963, as several crucial parts of the movie ‘From Russia with Love’ was shot in this location.
If you are looking forward to visiting this artistic country curated by the hard efforts of the man and Nature’s blessings, don’t worry even once for the funds. The Pack for Trip travel consultants are there to plan your luxurious trip to Istanbul within reach of your budget. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the wonders of Istanbul.3