Tip 3: The most interesting sights of Istanbul

Sultanahmet Mosque


It is also called the "Blue Mosque" because of the blue color of the tile with which it is decorated. The peculiarity of the mosque is that it is located on the site of ancient Constantinople. The Blue Mosque has six minarets: four on the sides, and two on the outer corners. Next to the mosque is the mausoleum in which Ahmed I. is buried.


Anyone can get into it from 9 am until sunset. Attendance is free, just remember to take off your shoes when entering. The mosque is located in the south of Istanbul in the Sultanahmet area (light rail stop: "Sultanahmet")


Sultanahmed Mosque or Blue Mosque


Topkapi Palace


The main palace of the Ottoman Empire for about 400 years was the residence of the sultans. Topkapi is a whole palace complex consisting of four separate courtyards. The architecture of the palace is also amazing - a mixture of styles and directions, because more than once the palace was restored, rebuilt and reconstructed.Pay attention to the collection of porcelain and a collection of cold weapons of Turkish sultans.


The museum is located on Cape Sarayburnu, at the confluence of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn in the Sea of Marmara. You can get into it from 9 am to 7 pm in the summer and from 9 am to 4 pm in the winter (day off - Tuesday) by purchasing a ticket at the entrance. Ticket price - about 8 euros.



Basilica Cistern


The huge underground reservoir is located in the heart of Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern is one of the largest reservoirs for the storage of drinking water, which were built near Constantinople for use in the event of a siege of a city or a drought. The construction was built on the site of the Basilica of Hagia Sophia and is located at a depth of about 10 meters. The water in the reservoir came through the water supply and aqueducts from the sources of the Belgrade forest.


The vaulted ceiling of the tank is supported by 336 columns, most of which are taken from ancient temples. It is not surprising that they differ from each other in the type of marble and type of processing.


The Basilica Cistern is located next to the zero-mile indicator (Sultanahmet district) and operates from 9 am to 6.30 pm in summer (in winter from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm). The cost of attendance is about 6 euros.



Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia)


The cathedral was built on the site of the ancient acropolis and was one of the largest Christian churches. Aya Sofia two-level. If you climb the gallery, you can see the cathedral from above.


The cathedral is known for its beautifully preserved fresco mosaics. Here is another of the attractions of Istanbul - the Weeping Column. To fulfill your deepest desire, you need to put your thumb in the hole of this column and rotate it 360 degrees. My wish came true two months after returning from Istanbul.


The museum is located opposite the Blue Mosque and is open to the public from 9.00 to 19.00 in the summer and until 17.00 in the winter. The day off is Monday. The cost of admission is about 9 euros.



Galata Tower


Originally tower called the "Tower of Jesus" and served as a guide for seafarers and traders. Over the years, the tower was used as a prison, observation post, fire tower, observatory. Small fragments of the defensive wall and the moat have survived to our time. Now Galata Tower works as a museum with an open observation deck. The tower has an elevator, so you can comfortably climb the viewing platform.


Galata Tower is located in Beyolu district, next to Istiklal Street. Opening hours of the observation deck - from 9.00 to 20.00. The cost of attendance is about 8 euros.



Egyptian bazaar


The Egyptian Bazaar is the largest spice market and the second largest market in Istanbul. On its territory you can buy all sorts of spices, spices, sweets, tea, coffee, nuts, herbs, delicacies of dried fruit, as well as meat and dairy products.


The Egyptian Bazaar was built in 1660 and got its name due to the fact that the bulk of spices and spices came from India through Egypt. The building of the Bazaar is L-shaped and you can enter it through any gate of six.


The bazaar is open from 9.00 to 19.00 daily, except Sunday. And it is located on the bank of the Golden Horn near the railway station. In the Egyptian Bazaar, photography is not prohibited, and it is also allowed and even approved to try the product before buying it.



Toy Museum


The frequent toy museum in Istanbul is a unique place where you can see toys even over 200 years old. More than four thousand exhibits are carefully combined into thematic groups.The museum has its own small theater, gift shop and cafe.


The idea of creating such a museum belongs to the Turkish poet Sunay Akin, who collects toys from different eras and countries. The exhibits of this museum will not leave anyone indifferent.


The museum welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 18.00. To get to the toy museum, take a commuter train at the Haydarpasa train station and drive to the bus station Goztepe. Not far from the station you will see a snow-white old mansion - this is the museum. The ticket costs about 4 euros.



Dolmabahche Palace


This palace was built on the site of a small covered bay and is the last sultan's palace in Istanbul. The magnificent palace is a three-story structure made in the neoclassical style, with a facade of white marble. The interior of the Dolmabahche Palace is magnificent: silk carpets, a collection of watches, antique furniture, ceilings and walls decorated with gold.


There are several buildings in the palace complex - the female part, the male part, the library and the hall for receptions. All clocks in the palace are stopped at the time of 09.05. This is the time of the death of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.


The palace is located on the European side of the Bosphorus on the border of Besiktas and Kabatas regions. The palace is open from 9.00 to 16.00 except Mondays and Thursdays. A comprehensive ticket costs about 7 euros, photographing is charged separately.



Monastery of Chora


Chora Monastery is the best preserved Byzantine structure in Istanbul. Despite its modest size, the church has something to see. The whole space of the monastery is decorated with beautiful mosaics and frescoes. The Church of Chora is considered the most richly decorated Byzantine church, preserved to this day. Near the monastery you can see the buildings of the ancient Ottoman Empire.


The museum is open from 9.00 to 19.00 in the summer and until 17.00 in the winter. Wednesday is a day off. The entrance ticket is about 6 euros. The Choir Museum is located far from the center of Istanbul, near the Edirnekapa Gate. More convenient and faster to get here by taxi. If you go by bus, remember the name of the stop - "Vefa Stadi"



Miniaturk Museum


To once again visit all the major attractions of Istanbul, you can go to the Miniaturk Museum. On an area of more than 60,000 square meters, there are models of architectural sites in Turkey and the territories of the former Ottoman Empire, made on a 1:25 scale.The park even has a miniature railway, a highway, an airport with models of airplanes, waterways with ships sailing along them, and thousands of human figures.


Only in the Miniaturk park you can see hundreds of sights from different eras from antiquity to modernity, including those long lost. The park has an audio guide in Russian, activated by ticket.


The miniature park is located in the Sütluj area on the banks of the Golden Horn. The park is open daily from 9.00 to 18.00.




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