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arts. on the Bosphorous strait. but international cousine is there. Squares and Neighbourhoods. is the economic and cultural heart of Turkey. just try it now! Good quality of the ingredients and and scrupolous preparation the secrets! From quick snacks to vegetarian and sea food cooking. Travel tips. a true cosmopolitan city where live nearly 15. and snow between december and march. Bars. Istanbul. Istanbul. still estimated as one of the most ancient centres in the whole world. Nightlife. Byzantium its original name. too! Instanbul is a city in whose past history and high cultural traditions are the fast and the propsperity of both Byzantium and Constantinople: at present it stands as the thrilling pulsing cultural heart of the whole country! Turkish cousine is a real specialty and if never tried before. widely considered an interesting melting pot of cultures and traditions. whose first traces date back to the Roman Empire. P. Travel Guide. Tours. Museums. it acts and actually is the economic. covers an area of nearly 100 km2 and ha a rich historical background. too! It is eventually interesting to know that Kurban Bayrami.com
. is one of the greatest religious events in Turkey! Istanbul. extraordinary mix of everything! But. with its fou days celebrations. is a lively and frenetic city. Other attractions. Landmarks and Historic sites.Travel Guide
May to June and September to Novembre are nice periods for touring Instanbul.Destination: Istanbul | Date of publishing: 3/5/2012
Introduction. and classical music. too! Istanbul is characterized by cold winters with some heavy falls and hot. Getting around. entertainment & shopping. varying between 18°C and 24°C. as temperatures are milder. culture & tourism. Istanbul. between Europe and Asia. Temperatures vary from 4°C to 8°C along the cold season and 24°C – 28°C in the summer. Located on the Bosphorous. based on both ottoman and byzantine cultures.
A cosmolpolitan and modern metropolis. though Byzantine and Ottoman evidences are in its inctredible past.is not only a beautiful city but boasts long historical traditions. Safety and Warnings
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This palace was then an ancient olive grove and covered an area of 700 square meters. The construction of the palace was by Mehmed II in 1453. Istanbul offers lots of interesting historical and cultural sights. and Sultanahmet. This mosque was built in the
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Landmarks and Historic sites
. You can take ten days to visit the city but you can also do it in only two! Depending of course on how long yo linger at each beautiful builing. though. churches. In this city two different cultures. supreme witness of Islamic architecture and the multicolured always crowded Grand Bazar! How impressive! Among its most important venues are the Topkapi Palace. like synagogues and mosques.Istanbul the gateway between continents
Topkapi Palace was home to many Ottoman Sultans unti the Abdulmecid I reign.Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque is the imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I o Istanbul. The most important monument is the Saint Sophia. which are on the upper level and is difficult to see unless one is right up there. formerly the Cathedral of Constantinople. One part of the city in Europe. This historic building is worth visiting. Saint Sophia Museum. When you arrive
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. not to mention the numerous sights widespread throughout the city. a sole opportunity to get in touch with such a magic atmosphere! Better on foot! Just immagine the extrordinary mosqes. Istanbul is a beautiful city that stands on two continents. It is known as the Blue Mosque for its interior tiles.
in Istanbul you are struck by the many and beautiful minarets (the tall spires of Islamic mosques). You can't leave the city without seeing it!
. Whilst you are similarly struck by the regal Byzantine churches and palaces of the 18th century. the other in Asia. monuments and museums.
There is a heavy iron chain that hangs in the upper part of the court entrance. the palace was used for the summer dwelling of the kings as well as housing the foreign heads of state who visited the Ottoman capital. There are four minarets at the four corner of the mosque.321. The current structure has six staterooms and twenty six smaller rooms.000 students at any given time. Built in a lavish neoclassic style. This mosque was built in the year 1609. It is considered to be one of the master pieces o art. It is the second largest mosque in the city and th best-known sights of Istanbul. The mosque complex has a hospital.
. Its architecture is designed by the Ottoman architecture.1865 by Sultan Abdulaziz. It references the Dome of the Rock. The structur of the mosque is very beautiful with tall. caravansary.Fatih Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque is located in Istanbul and is it is a historic mosque.216.IVA 09172321003
PlacesOnLine. I has one central dome whose diameter is 26 meters and is supported by four semi domes on each axis. It is the largest mosque in Turkey. Address: &nb sp. Abdullah Aga Caddesi Istanbul. It was built on the order of Sultan Suleyman. It is located at the highest hill in Istanbul.
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. It is beautifully designed and a place to worship. The tombs of Fatih Mahomet II and his wife are located outside the Mihrab wall. The construction for this mosque began in 1550 and completed on 1558. The architecture of this mosque is a combination of Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church.
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. the Beylerbeyi palace situated on the Asian side of Istanbul is a popular tourist magnet. P.Suleymaniye Mosque
The Fatih Mosque was built between 1462 and 1470 by Sultan Fatih Mahomet but after an earthquake in 1765 it was almost completely rebuilt. Turkey Telephone: +90. This mosque is a blend o Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. It is a popular tourist attraction.Destination: Istanbul | Date of publishing: 3/5/2012
year 1603 to 1617 and is an amazing masterwork of Ottoman architect. It was designed by Atik
Sulemaniye Mosque is located in Istanbul.Beylerbeyi Palace
Constructed between 1861. a school which can accommodate around 1. Turkey on the Third Hill.
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Istanbul Archaeological Museum is situated in the Eminonu district of Istanbul and it consists of 3 museums.Mosaic Museum
The Mosaic Museum also known as the Great Palace Mosaic Museum is situated near the Sultanahmet Square at Arasta Bazaar in Istanbul in Turkey. The mosque has beautiful interiors which is the main attraction of Istanbul. mother of pearl. and parts of statues from temples. The museum houses more than one million objects which represent different eras and civilizations. a Lycian tomb. P. which are also the largest and most magnificent ones discovered anywhere else. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of Galata Bridge.Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts located at Meydam 46 in Sultanahmet in Istanbul is open daily from 10 to 5 except on Mondays.
collection of books. as well as two minarets.30 except on Mondays. The collection represents an earlier artistic era and is absent o religious motifs but shows scenes from mythology and hunting scenes. In 1991 the museum received the European Council Museum Award for making renovation and including new displays in the other buildings of the museum. Greek and Hellenistic artifacts. turkey. There are seven sections in the museum representing different form of art. The museum is open daily from 9. Emevi and Memluk periods. The Metal Section has metal art samples on silver.com
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. The main dome measures thirty-six meters in height. medals. The museum has some of the best Byzantine mosaics from the 6th century showcased in the galleries. tortoiseshell ornamented wooden work from the Ottoman Empire. brass. It is one of the most popular monuments in Istanbul. The Ethnography section has wool painting techniques. It displays all types of Islamic art and has a collection of more than 40. Anatolian Seljuks art work and more. The exterior of the mosque itself boasts sixty-six domes and semi domes in a pyramidal arrangement. candles and more. The museum has an evocative collection of mosaics and one cannot help but get enchanted with the vivid colors and various scenes depicted in them. rose water cans. The Carpet Section has a collection of some of the oldest carpets and rugs belonging to the 15th and 17th centuries. The museum is open daily from 9 to 4.The Ceramic and Glass section has ceramic art samples and glass collections of the Ottoman and Anatolian principalities.30 to 17. the museum of ancient orient and the museum of Islamic Art also known as Tiled Kiosk. Ottoman.
. This includes the archaeological museum which is in the main building. and is supported by four flanking semi-domes.00 hours excep on Monday and lies on Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu Sultanahmet. house goods and handmade art items. The other collections include statues of ancient times. coins. sphinx and gryphon belonging to the Abbasi. This historical museum lies on the south east of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The Wooden Works section has a variety of Anatolian wood art. The museum has a great collection of Roman. The Stone Art section has figures of dragon. It is also known as Mosque of the Valide Sultan or Yeni Camii. 000 artifacts. The museum was founded by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1891 and was the 1st on to feature Turkish art.IVA 09172321003
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. Koran part cases. The museum displays the remains of the Great Palace complex. the emperor’s residence and setting of
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The museum is considered as the embodiment of Byzantine architecture and is popular for its massive central dome which is 56 meters high and 31 meters wide. Places like Golden Hom and Sea of Marmara is situated on the north and south side at the borders of Fatih.Istanbul Modern Museum
The Istanbul Modern Art Museum is a contemporary art museum located in Istanbul. It is situated at the European shore of the strait of Bosphorus It is a popular destination for the tourists visiting the city for the first time because it provides them with an opportunity to get the real Istanbul experience.
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1000 Hours to 1800 Hours. Due an influx of fashionable apartments. The name Fatih got its origin from the Ottoman emperor Fatih Sultan Mehmed and it means Conqueror in Arabic language.212. There are 8 calligraphic discs inside which bear the names of Allah and Mohammed and others. In the south gallery one can see some of the best mosaics in the church such as that of Deesis. Turkey. fine dining restaurants as well as some popular hotels and resorts. P. It also feature a huge number of cafes. Findikzade. and Vatan
©2011 Paesionline Srl. The museum is situated at Aya Sofya square in Istanbul and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 5 daily.Ayasofya Museum
The Ayasofya Museum also known as Hagia Sophia which means ‘Holy Wisdom’ was previously a basilica which was converted to a mosque and now into a museum. the municipality has quickly transformed into one of the trendiest areas of the city.334. Turkey. Light enters through the crown formed by the forty windows and ribs covering the entire interior of the museum. Thursday: 1000 Hours to 2000 Hours [paragrafo015]
. There are many hotels which are a few minutes stroll from some major sights. The interior of the museum is covered with polychrome marble with gold and colored mosaics. side aisles. This circular dome which is set on a rectangular base is carried on four triangular sections of masonry. the Byzantine Hippodrome. Turkey Telephone: 90. One can find Topkapi Palace. international brands and boutique and stylish cafes.com
Fatih is located in the district of Istanbul. The permanent exhibition of the museum is placed on the top floor whereas the temporary exhibitions are positioned on the lower floor.Besiktas
. which is one of the richest neighborhoods of the city. The Mayor for Fatih is Mustafa Demir. At present. The museum is also features a restaurant and a library. the Blue Mosque and many other historic places at this district. The municipality is home to a number of prominent sites such as the famed Dolmabahçe Palace and Bebek.org/ Address: &nbs p. Fatih contains areas including Aksaray.
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. semi-domes and main nave are covered with frescos and mosaics which depict imperial and religious motifs or other attractive designs. Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi Istanbul. This first of its kind museum of the country is situated in Tophane district on the Bosphorus. This district is the best base for sightseeing in Istanbul.Sultanahmet District
Sultanahmet District is situated in the heart of historic place of Old Istanbul and called as ‘Stamboul’ by the 19th century travelers.Destination: Istanbul | Date of publishing: 3/5/2012
the Byzantine court. Çapa. Website: & nbsp.7300 Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday:
Besiktas is a municipality in the city of Istanbul. It is an ancient Constantinople. The apse.
a unisex barber shop. Turkey. expert led cultural and archaeological tours in Turkey. This tour is a great adventure spanning all the way from Istanbul to Antioch.Destination: Istanbul | Date of publishing: 3/5/2012
Caddesi that are more cosmopolitan than the extreme conservative image which the district has in the eyes of many people because of the religious community. Sheraton. Thomas Cook Airlines and many more. namely Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.This airport is projected to be among the top 40 airports in terms of passenger traffic which is estimated to be as huge as 26 million in the year 2008.The various flights operating from here include Air France. 2 Starbucks outlets.The airport is owned by the General Directorate of State Airports and is operated by the TAV Airport Management.
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. 3 Burger King outlets. Czech Airlines. Gulf Air. 30 bridges and more than 100 cisterns within the walls of the city. free wireless LAN an several other facilities provided at the airport.Archaeological Tour
. Greece and Sicily. Alitalia. British Airways. There is an airport hotel connected to the
In the footsteps of Alexander the Great is the “flagship” tour of Peter Sommer Travels. book shops. There are Gloria Jeans coffee shops. a specialist tour operator offering scheduled. It is considered as one of the biggest hydraulic engineering achievements of the old times.Cheers Bar
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terminal and a few popular hotels like Marriott Renaissance. Radisson SAS and Holiday Inn also lie in close proximity. The airport is named after the 1st president of the Republic of Turkey. Today it is counted among one of the most prominent landmarks of the city of Istanbul and remains a must-see for the tourists. It was part of a comprehensive system that sourced water from the northern city and linked over 250 km of water channels. and one of ‘The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to
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Rising grandly over Atatürk Bulvari’s busy traffic. Constructed in AD 378.
.The airport has 2 passenger terminals for domestic as well as international flights.Atatürk International Airport
Atatürk International Airport is situated in Yeşilköy to the south west of the city. the monument was commissioned by the famous Emperor Valens. Rated one of the world’s ‘Top Ten Learning Retreats’.
and sail along the calm coasts of Lycia relaxing and swimming in the bays and harbours of its ancient coastal cities. The tour moves on to Didyma and here you’ll visit the colossal oracular temple of Apollo. and in the process fell in love with the country. an archaeologist who has walked 2. filmmaker. the Blue Mosque and the beautifully eerie underground cisterns believed to have been built between the 3rd C and 5th C AD and constructed using columns taken from nearby ancient ruins. immersed in the sights. the city in which Alexander was crowned with golden wreaths on his arrival we visit the Antalya Museum and it’s collection of Roman Sculpture. once a vast ancient city captured by Alexander. one of the most breath-taking monuments in the country. We finish our journey at the battlefield of Issus and then to the breath-taking displays of mosaics at the Antakya museum Peter will escort you all the way. its ancient civilizations. Aspendos with its stunning theatre and Termessus Our tou moves on from the colonnaded streets of Perge to Sagalassos. as well as the Greek. It truly is a once in a lifetime kind of trip. at Achilles’ tomb. The tour heads east to Xanthus and then on to Kalkan where you’ll board a traditional Turkish gulet. from Troy to the battlefield of Issus. Alexander ran naked. giving you the benefits of his great knowledge of Alexander the Great. anointed with oil to pay homage to the hero. agoras and beautiful archaeological museum. and beautifully preserved Ephesus. and are also good communicators.000 miles across the country retracing the route of Alexander the
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. you’ll discover the history and architecture of the most important cities on his route. escorted by expert guides archaeologists and specialists who know the country and i history. In 1994. British archaeologist. and underground cities of Cappadocia’s amazing geological landscape. Exploring the ruins you’ll visit great temple of Athena where the fabled shield of Achilles was presented to Alexander. P. walked 2. and Ottoman periods. This archaeological tour retraces Alexander the Great’s route and his journey in Turkey. the capital of ancient Phrygia and then on to the fairy chimneys. During this archaeological tour. Peter now home to the Bodrum Museum of Underwate Archaeology. Roman. led with expertise and passion. it is a true voyage of discovery. Peter Sommer. Byzantine.sounds and people of Alexander’s ancient world. retracing the route of Alexander the Great. home to the Alexander Sarcophagus.
PlacesOnLine. rock-hewn churches. you’ll move on to the plain of Troy where. including archaeological tours and gulet cruises along the coast of Turkey and through the Greek islands. Exploring it on a cultural guided tour.000 miles across Turkey. can be a fascinating experience for every traveller. In Bodrum there is a chance to relax and shop before visiting the site of the celebrated Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Crossing the Marmara Sea at the Hellespont where Alexander made sacrifice to Poseidon. At monumental Ephesus you’ll arrive just as the tourist buses depart allowing you time to roam its marbled paved streets and visit its villas. the Hagia Sophia.Destination: Istanbul | Date of publishing: 3/5/2012
Enrich Your Life’ by National Geographic. Guides include Peter himself. The Tour starts in Istanbul with a welcome drink and dinner and a full day visit of the city which includes the Archaeological Museum. to Gordion. Troy. Now you can join him on this extraordinary adventure spending time at the sites of once glorious but now ruined classical cities.Mediterranean Tour
Turkey is a country full of history and brilliantly preserved archaeological sites. Each tour is organized to give travellers an indepth historical journey. Peter Sommer Travels is a specialist tour operator based in Britain that provides its customers with a great variety of tour options.
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of Alexander the Great”. The trip has been rated one of the top ten learning holidays in the world by National Geographic. and is led by Peter. They allow you to travel without the need to pack and unpack. and fresh Turkish food prepared by the onboard chef. It is situated in the Eminönü district on the grounds of the famous Topkapi Palace. The park also features planes. The gulet cruises are designed to be relaxing. where one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world once stood. At the center of the park. and Ephesus. travellers will see a great number of sites linked with Alexander's campaign and his life.Babylon
Live music club that offers music from the international jaz world music and electronica scene
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. the owner of the company Starting in Istanbul. where Alexander paid homage to the tomb of Achilles by running around it naked. and give you the opportunity to see the country from a maritime perspective . ash.Gülhane Park
Gülhane Park is a renowned historical urban park located in the city of Istanbul. Greek. an archaeologists who speaks Turkish. Tours are designed for small groups only and follow a responsible travel policy that helps support the local economy. It is also among the most expansive park in Istanbul. such a Troy.the way the ancients would have approached the land. [paragrafo023]
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Here. enormous numbers of fast food stalls are gathered together. The city holds some famous food joints where lip smacking delicacies are served. remember that the steps are quite slippery and one can easily lose one’s balance. Also.251. 2007 by the transcontinental saxophonist.
. Istanbul Telephone: 90. always make it a point to stick together. Ilhan Ersahin. which remains open till the small hours during the weekends. It was established in Feb. It also features and bar and serves Turkish food.Some of the shop owners offer attractive discounts on various local goods. so be prepared and bring any medicines that you may need under these circumstances. if you are in a group or with a tourist guide.Milk Disco
Another upper end disco is Milk. Open markets are places for bargains as well. Therefore. Ghetto is an immensely popular music lounge with a striking architecture that contrasts its name.
Sophia is a popular church in the city. nightlife.Destination: Istanbul | Date of publishing: 3/5/2012
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While in the Yerebatan Saray Sarnici. Kalyoncu Kulluk Caddesi. 10. Beyoglu 34440.IVA 09172321003
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Situated in the heart of Beyoglu. even on a very hot day. However. This restaurant serves traditional food at low prices. One can experience mouth watering local recipes at these stalls.A Brief Tourist Guide
Istanbul is a place where one can enjoy food. the place is also well-known for hosting some of the popular international musicians. Temperatures can be expected to drop by fifteen degrees. Ghetto has created a niche for itself in the city of Istanbul.These are just some of the warnings for tourists going to Yerebatan Saray Sarnici. travel in groups and keep medicines handy in case they are needed urgently. Shopping freaks can visit the shopping malls or market places in the city.Haci Abdullah is the best place for having lunch. Other than tha one should always travel light. ensure that you have the proper accessories. Ghetto Istanbul. Tourists can visit the museums and churches in the city. So.