Pictures of Istanbul
Not only is Istanbul a captivating city of amazing beauty, but it also is unique as the only city that is located in two continents; Europe and Asia. This makes a fascinating divide as the larger European side of Istambul is quite distinct to the Asian side.
Although Istanbul is not the capital city of Turkey, it is the largest city in the country with more than 20 million inhabitants. It is also the biggest trade centre in the world between Asia and Europe. Turkey's capital is Ankara.
Istanbul has more than 150 decades of imperial history: It was the first Christian capital of the world, and later became the Ottoman Empire capital.
Cruise of the Bosphorus
If you would like to see some incredible views of Asia and Europe, and take some amazing pictures of Istanbul, you can take a tour of the Bosphorus which is one of the busiest canals in the world; used by millions of trade boats and other sea vessels every year. A tour of the Bosphorus is very reasonably priced, and depending on the tour operator you may be able to hop on and off of at strategic interesting locations.
The Hagia Sofia was a basilica that became a Mosque, and is now a museum. On a trip to Istanbul, you cannot fail to notice its beautiful blue and pink pastel facade which dominates the Istanbul skyline. This building has great historical importance and you can learn a lot about Istanbul's history on a visit to this exceptional museum.
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is the biggest covered market in Turkey. Here you can marvel at the many locally produced items such as carpets, ceramic kitchenware, and delicious spices. What you are sure to remember about the Grand Bazaar is the exquisite aromas that are not apparent in any pictures. When purchasing anything at the Grand Bazaar remember you must haggle, as this is expected, as an important part of Turkish culture.
If you want to enjoy some of istanbul's vibrant clubs and nightlife, you should head for Istiklal Street: Here you will find a large choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. Begin your evening in a local tavern and enjoy a drink or two before heading on to dance the night away in one of the many clubs that cater for just about every taste.
Hamam Cemberlitas Baths
On Cemberlitas Square you can pay a visit to some traditional Turkish baths that were constructed on the site in 1584. Marble slabs are provided for patrons to soak on, and there are many basins dotted around the large chamber for bathing. This is an ideal respite during a visit to Istanbul, that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed to make the most of the remainder of your holiday.