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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Istanbul Break

Istanbul City Break

One of the Great place in the World, History, authentic, mixture of the Cultures, here is the Istanbul, I call it City of the Dream, became home for Many of Kingdoms, Famous with Palaces, and bosphorus, Where the asia and Europa meet on same land thats Istanbul.


Flights to Istanbul

From Any UK airport to Istanbul takes approximately 3 hours flights, There are plenty Flights to Istanbul, Either you can fly to Asian Side, or European Side. There is 2 Airport available Istanbul Europan Side Ataturk Airport and Asian side Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You will able to find flights from £ 90 to Istanbul. Once you arrive to Magic City Istanbul, you can take taxi to your hotel, or you can use airport bus services to City centre, and than you can take taxi, both way is safe and secure.

Where to Stay in Istanbul

I can recommend to stay in Old City (Sultanahmet area) where all famous histroical attractions located. Such as Sultanahmet Mosque, sultanahmet Square, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Iren, Basilica Cistern, and Hippodrome, Those are the famous places for visiting, also Covered bazzar, Spice Market, are famous for Istanbul. My Favourite Istanbul hotel is Tria Hotel at the Sultanahmet area, small friendly boutique hotel, located heart of the Sultanahmet, just 2 minute walk to Sultanahmet square, and 300 meters to Sultanahmet Mosque and area, you will feel relax and cozy there, This Small boutique hotel offers friendly atmosphere and breakfast is good, also price is reasonable.

Tria Hotel

What to See in Istanbul?

Once you unpacked and ready to Discover the Istanbul don’t forget to take your Camera and City Map. You can start from Sultanahmet area, following Sultanahmet square, Mosque, Blue Mosque, Yere Batan Sarnici, Grand Bazzar and Spice Market,  And dont forget to do Bosphorus Boat Trip, this trip will allow you to see Luxury old Palaces looking to Boshorus, its a great Day out.


What to Eat in Istanbul ? What is Special?

Once you are Hungry First of All I recommend to Try Historical Sultanahmet Koftecisi ( Traditional Meatballs with Beans) Don’t froget to try Ayran (Yoghurt Drink) and Turkish Tea, Delicious, following will be Turkish Baklava, I cannot miss that.
Next Day I suggest you to try Balik Ekmek ( Fresh Fish cooked on charcol actually you can see them while cooking on traditional boat, they serve from the boat) and Evening you can Try Doner Kebab with Rice, or Oberjin Kebab, Istanbul is Food of the City, Also Dont Forget to Try Turkish Pizza, Lahmacun, I can say They do great food in Istanbul, I can say, Once you are in Istanbul you will fell in love and want to visit once again once again.

eminonu balik ekmek

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