The towers of Istanbul

The towers of Istanbul

Although the Mosques erected on its major hills form the silhoutte of Istanbul historic peninsula, the towers of Istanbul are the city’s true gems.

All there towers are integral components of Istanbul’s identity, be it for their value as symbols. Beyazit Fire Tower, for example, built so that the city would not be destroyed in the fires for which it was famous, was prominently located for averting this danger. The Galata Tower as well served the same purpose for many years. And the historic Maiden’s tower, due to its strategic location, was used mainly for military purposes prior to the Ottoman period. Standing in the strait, which was finally secured by the Ottomans.

It was used for roles in keeping with its own mission as “the Pearl of the Bosphorus” and become a lifesaving tower that guided ships and saved them from striking the rocks and being dragged off course.


Galata Tower

This tower was erected for purposes of defence in 1438 by Genoese, who were involved in strife with the Byzantines. It rose atop a hill together with the walls punctuated by small towers that encircled the city’s upper districts. Although little remains of those walls, which were razed at the behest of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.

Galata Tower

The Maiden’s Tower

Among Istanbul’s towers, this is perhaps the most legendary,which has made it one of the city’s most critical symbols. It has been rebuilt and changed in shape many times since it was first constructed. The sources speak of a structure already in 411 B.C but don’t mention a building on the scale of tower. From Time to time it has also served as a place of punishment for certain state officials.

Maidens Tower

Beyazit Fire Tower

Prior to the building of today’s stone tower, other wooden fire towers stood in the same district. When these were destroyed in various fires, this tower was finally erected in their place in 1828, very probobly by Sernerkim Balyan. Although partially destroyed by fire in 1894, it was restored in keeping with the Original. The destruction in a fire of this tower, which built expressly to prevent fires, is surely a straight twist of fate.

beyazit fire tower

Yildiz and Dolmabahce Towers

Sultan Abdulhamit II, who only appeared in public to go to the Friday prayers, was eager offset his invisibility through public buildings, so he had clock towers built in the empire’s major cities such as Istanbul, Damascus and Izmir Dolmabahce Clock Tower, which, together with the Maiden’s tower, make a consummate a appearance on the banks of the Bosphorus, was built by the Balyan Family of architects between 1890 and 1894. Rising twenty-seven meters in height in a marble platform, it reflects a style that  incorporates elements of the Baroque, Neoclassical and Empire. Like Dolmabahce, Yildiz Clock Tower, built in 1890, was also built in an eclectic style but ranked higher in state protocol because it stood next to Yildiz palace, the new seat of power in the Ottoman capital.

Yildiz and Dolmabahce Towers


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Istanbul in 12 Hours

Istanbul in 12 Hours

You’re in Ataturk International Airport, and you have a few hours until your next flight. You can turn this waiting period  into an unforgettable experience. How ? Here  are the musts for a quicker tour of Istanbul.

Dikilitas(Egyptian Obelisk)

Dikilitas was constructed in 1450 BC in memory of Thutmose III in the ancient Egyptian city of thebes, and brought to Istanbul in AD 390.

Egyptian Obeliski

Turkish Delight From the Spice Bazaar

You can find various delicacies. from Turkish delight to dried fruits. baklava and spices, in the Spice Bazaar.

Turkish Delight


Books from Sahaflar Bazaar

Situated near the Beyaztit Gate of Kapalicarsi, Sahaflar Bazaar dates back to the 15th century. The bazaar offers a rich variety of books and manuscripts.

Basilica Cistern

Follow Sean Connery’s footsteps and enter the Basilica Cistern, built in AD 532. The two Medusa sculptures on the cistern remain mysterious.

basilica cistern

Blue Mosque(Sultanahmet Camii

Built in the name of Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 and 1616, this architectural jewel is known as the six-minaret mosque in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

Turned into a mosque during Ottoman reign, the structure has an arch with Greek inscriptions while the calligraphy plates are decorated with Arabic verses.

hagia sophia

Turkish Coffee in the Madrasa

Dating to 1708, the yard of Corlulu Ali Pasha in Beyazit is known for its authentic coffee houses. You can drink Turkish coffee cooked in embers, tea, or herbal tea in a variety of places decorated with colourful lamps.

turkish coffee

Kaftans from the Grand Bazaar

You can buy suzani fabrics, kaftans and pashminas from Ottomano in the Grand Bazaar; feel yourself like a real sultan. Sandal Bedesteni St.No:36

Topkapi Palace

This palace overlooks where the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea converge and has four fabulous gardens.

Topkapi palace istanbul


This Marble stone, situated next to the Basilica cistern had been used to measure the distance from principal cities to Istanbul

Fish Sandwiches near the Galata Bridge

While you’re eating fish near the Galata Bridge, enjoy the view of the Golden Horn.

Fish Sandwiches Istanbul


Records From the Gramophone Grandfather

Mehmet Oztekin, the Gramophone Grandfather is the last gramophone repairman in Istanbul. In his shop in Grand Bazaar you can find nearly 2,000 record.

Rustem Pasha Mosque

with Consruction having begun in 1561, these examples of tile artistry in Iznik at its peak deserve to be scrutinized pattern by pattern.

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Cheap flights to Ercan Airport

How to find cheap flights to Ercan Airport?

A1cyprus offers you cheap flights to Ercan Airport from all over UK Airports, Book Today and Save, We have committed lots of cheap flights to Ercan this year all waiting to be book at or call our experts to book for you. You must book your Summer Flights During January and get Biggest Discount of % 50 for Ercan Flights, February % 40 Discount and March % 30 Discount for All flights.

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Play Golf in North Cyprus

North Cyprus is perfect destination for Golf Holidays,

You can play, almost all year round Golf in North Cyprus, There is 18 Holes, Golf Course located west of Kyrenia in Esentepe Village, Korenium Golf & Country Club, This Great Gold Resort Located in a Tranquil Area Between Kyrenia Five Finger Mountains and Mediterranean Blue Sea.

Accommodation is High Class at Korenium Golf & Country Club, There is Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Swimming pool, Conference Room, Fitness Centre, and private beach available. There is Free Courtesy Bus from/to Town available every Day.

Perfect Destination for Long Weekend Break for your organization

We can organise any size of Golf Holidays for your company or Group, from 1 person to bigger groups, or if you are looking  for long weekend, Meeting break for your company or Customer, North Cyprus is perfect destination, you can fly to Larnaca with Direct flight and spend weekend in Korenium Golf Course, play Golf, have your meeting, one day Trip or Relax and fly back to Home.

Our Special Golf Meeting packages starts from £ 299 per person including 1 Round Golf, Half Board Accommodation, private transfers, Meeting Room, and 1 Day Trip.

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Korineum Golf Resort Hotel

Korenium Golf Resort

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Places to visit in North Cyprus

What can I do in North Cyprus ? Where to visit ?

Usually  all our clients, search and call to book their  Summer holidays during January time, so  you started search and Seen our Advert and don’t know about North Cyprus. never been, your Friend recommended for you, however you been to paphos, or limassol, and you think its same, however not same, Why? North Cyprus still unspoilt, unique, natural, and not so crowd.

Using Turkish Lira instead of Euro, There is no mcdonald, and no burger king! there is Fresh food, Fresh Fruit, and friendly people.

You called and booked your holiday so you are looking places and what to do while you are in North Cyprus.

So Today I will give you information about what you can do in North Cyprus, where you can go ? Which place you should visit.

Apostolos Monastery in Dipkarpaz

Located Dipkarpaz (Karpaz Peninsular) Most famous attraction in Cyprus

Apostolos Monastery in North Cyprus

Great Inn Nicosia

Located in Old Town Nicosia, there are Restaurants, cafe, and shopping available.

Great Inn Nicosia\

Kyrenia Harbour and Castle

Most Famous place for visit in North Cyprus, there is cafes, Restaurants, bars, Shops, children playground, Boat trips available from harbour

Kerne Harbour and Castle

Sinai Monastery Karsiyaka (old Name Vasilia)

Located West of Kyrenia, top of the Karsiyaka Village, left vacant early 1900, great view, perfect area for walking, and relax.

you can park your car hire, and walk through Karsiyaka village to Sinai Monastery

Sinai monastery


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Fly with British Airways stay in North Cyprus

New Year New Offers, New Airline offers

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We are offering package holidays with one of the Leading Airline British Airways this year Direct flights to Larnaca, and you can stay in Northern Cyprus, British Airways fly Daily from London Heathrow, and London Gatwick to Larnaca Airport, we have exclusive fares for British Airways,

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Fly with Turkish Airlines to North Cyprus in 2015

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First of All we wish All our customers Happy, Healthy, New year, You are so important for us, so this year we are offering Turkish Airlines online from our website, you can book your package holidays to Ercan airport with Turkish Airlines from our website with 1 click, Turkish Airlines flying from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh to Ercan Airport via Istanbul Ataturk Airport, We have best price guaranteed for Turkish Airlines Packages, If you find cheaper deal we are ready to refund you full for the same offer, Each year we have seat allocation agreement with Turkish Airlines, and this give us benefit to offer you lowest fares for your holidays.

Why you should fly to Ercan Airport with Turkish Airlines?

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