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  • 1 Panaghia Pammakaristos Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    TR - Istanbul

    Located in the middle of rather dull surroundings, the Panaghia Pammakaristos church was the seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate until 1586. Its funerary chapel has preserved a remarkable set of 14C mosaics on a gold background. On the pendentive..

  • 2 Imperial Complex of Fatih Mehmet Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Darüsafaka cad. TR - Istanbul

    A visit to the imperial complex of Fatih Mehmet is one of the highlights of any visit to Istanbul, both because of its monumental appearance and the atmosphere in this strong Islamist district of the city (appropriate attire required). Mehmet II buil..

  • 3 Eyüp Complex Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Demir Isar cad. TR - Istanbul

    The holy complex of Eyüp, which has benefited from a programme of restoration and maintenance, stands on the banks of the Golden Horn. The site honours Eyüp, the companion of the Prophet. The spectacle of popular fervour and the profusion of religiou..

  • 4 Galata Hill Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Yüzbasi Sabahattin Evren Cad. TR - Istanbul

    Evliya Tchelebi, the Istanbul poet, has counted 3 080 boutiques and 200 "dens of iniquity" in Galata. Galata, the cradle of the city, is a district full of life on the banks of the Bosphorus, culminating in the 68m-high Galata Tower, from w..

  • 5 Istiklal Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Istiklal Caddesi TR - Istanbul

    The former main boulevard of the Pera district, which remains dear to those nostalgic for the cosmopolitan aspect of old Istanbul, stretches for 2.2km between the funicular and Taksim Square. Pedestrianised since 1990, it is also home to an emblemati..

  • 6 Pera Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Mesrutiyet Cad. 141 TR - Istanbul

    The Pera Museum is housed behind the neo-Classical façade of the former Bristol Hotel (1893). It displays on two floors part of the private collection of the Kirac Foundation that is based around three themes: "the Ottoman Empire through the eye..

  • 7 Flower Passage Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Istiklal cad. TR - Istanbul

    A feast of Rococo architecture, the 19C Flower Passage (Çiçek Pasaji in Turkish) has retained its full charm as well as inscriptions in French on its entrance gates. Its restaurants, which are lively day and night, serve local specialities such as me..

  • 8 Beylerbey Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    TR - Istanbul

    Facing Ortaköy, on the other side of the bridge, the district of Beylerbey is worth a visit for its 18C Baroque-style mosque and old summer palace, which is clad with marble and surrounded by gardens. Built in 1865, this palace is one of the architec..

  • 9 The Bosphorus Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    TR - Istanbul

    The Bosphorus is a hive of activity, with boats constantly loading and unloading cargo and passengers between Istanbul's eastern and western shores and the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. A boat trip along the straits makes for a pleasant and relax..

  • 10 Bosphorus Bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    TR - Istanbul

    Passing under this suspension bridge is one of the highlights of any boat trip on the Bosphorus. Opened in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge was the first bridge to link two continents. The bridge is 64m high, and has a span of 1 074m between its two pillar..

  • 11 Küçüsksu (or Göksu) Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rive asiatique TR - Istanbul

    Built for Sultan Abdülmecit on the shores of the Bosphorus in 1870, Küçüsksu Palace has a highly ornate, Baroque exterior that contrasts sharply with the symmetrical lines of its façade. This elegant building once provided entertainment for the Ottom..

  • 12 Rumeli Hisari Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rive européenne TR - Istanbul

    The towers and crenellated walls of the imposing ramparts of the Rumeli Hisari (1452) can be seen on the European shore of the Bosphorus, resembling a long stone snake lying on the side of a hill. The castle was built in just three months by Mehmet I..

  • 13 Mehmet the Conqueror Bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    TR - Istanbul

    This is one of the two bridges, always crowded with traffic, which cross the Bosphorus. The third bridge, in the planning stage but constantly postponed, has become a bit of a joke with locals. With its attractive silhouette, the Mehmet the Conqueror..

  • 14 Emirgan Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    TR - Istanbul

    The verdant Emirgan Park, situated on the European shore of the city, with its spring waters and delightful gardens of tulips, is very popular with locals. Don't miss the tulip festival (April-May), which provides a real explosion of colour. The Baro..

  • 15 Princes' Islands Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    TR - Büyük Ada

    The hustle and bustle of Istanbul is just an hour's boat ride from the Princes' Islands, an archipelago situated in the Sea of Marmara. The largest island, Büyük Ada, is tiny. With a glass of raki in your hand and a plate of grilled squid and sea bas..

  • 16 Church of the Snake Interesting

    Religious buildings

    TR - Soganli

    One of the chapels in the Soganli Valley, the Church of the Snake was once part of a monastery, of which several rooms and cells still survive. The church has undergone extensive damage and the frescoes themselves are in poor condition. To the left o..

  • 17 Church of the Stag Interesting

    Religious buildings

    TR - Soganli

    The stag is one of the oldest Anatolian allegories, used by the Hittite gods as a mount. Christianity adopted the stag as a symbol of divine love, and in a damaged but memorable fresco in this church, Christ himself is portrayed between the antlers o..

  • 18 Church of St Barbara Interesting

    Religious buildings

    TR - Soganli

    At the entrance to the Church of St Barbara stands a small narthex crowned by a dome and decorated with frescoes. This is followed by a single nave with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and an apse at one end. A funerary chapel was created at a later date to..

  • 19 Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    TR - Istanbul

    In this paradise of scents and flavours it's hard to resist the myriad offerings on offer, such as the ubiquitous Turkish Delight and other gourmet treats. The Egyptian bazaar also continues to sell herbs and spices, just as it did when it was first ..

  • 20 Ortaköy Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    TR - Istanbul

    Ortaköy is located beneath the 65m-high suspension bridge spanning the Bosphorus. This former fishing village, which has been transformed into a fully-fledged district of the city, now devotes itself to arts and crafts. It has spruced up its pictures..

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