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 was constructed in 1450 BC in memory of Thutmose III in the ancient Egyptian city of thebes, and brought to Istanbul in AD 390.
Turkish Delight From the Spice Bazaar
You can find various delicacies. from Turkish delight to dried fruits. baklava and spices, in the Spice Bazaar.
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.
Follow Sean Connery’s footsteps and enter the Basilica Cistern, built in AD 532. The two Medusa sculptures on the cistern remain mysterious.
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
Turned into a mosque during Ottoman reign, the structure has an arch with Greek inscriptions while the calligraphy plates are decorated with Arabic verses.
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.
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
This palace overlooks where the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea converge and has four fabulous gardens.
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.
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.