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

Million

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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