Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Istanbul; architecture, location, historical texture and beautiful tourist attractions attracts tourists from all over the world.
Here are some of the touristic places you can visit in Istanbul:
The Grand Bazaar, located in the center of the city, is one of the oldest and biggest markets of Istanbul. It was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the 15th century.
It is a unique center with 66 streets and 400 shops. This place, reminiscent of the city, developed and expanded over time. Though certain occupations have been carried out in every store in the past, today the most beautiful examples of traditional Turkish art and handmade carpets, jewelery, Turkish silver and ceramic shops can be seen.
Sultan II. A military school building was built for the first time in order to train Ottoman Army soldiers by a decree issued by Abdülhamid in 1862.
The school was used as a military headquarters and ultimately decided to be turned into a museum in 1964. The renovation works which started in 1966 were completed in 1991 and the museum opened on February 10, 1993. The museum is located in Harbiye near Taksim.
The magnificent and ornate Dolmabahçe Palace clearly shows the influence of European decoration and architecture in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. The palace built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1854 took the place of Topkapi Palace which is the residence of the sultans.
Gardens; fountain, ornamental pools and flower beds, the magnificent splendor of the Turkish Renaissance movement used in the interior is dazzling. The interiors are furnished with gigantic crystal hunts, abundant gold, French style furnishings and dazzling ceiling frescos with rococo, baroque, neoclassical and Ottoman elements.
ISTANBUL SHOPPING CENTERS
Istanbul is a shopping mall paradise. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, entertainment options and, of course, quality shopping centers that are home to the mall.
Some of the modern shopping centers in Istanbul can be reached directly by metro line, which provides convenience in transportation. In Istanbul’s shopping centers you can find something for everyone from fashion to electronics, furniture, home hardware, cosmetics and more. You can shop at Cevahir, Kanyon, İstinye Park and Istanbul Forum shopping centers and more.
THE HAGIA SOPHIA
When the Byzantine Emperor Justinian entered his finished church, he said, “Thank God I have decided that I deserve such a job. Yes, Solomon, here I passed you!” The Haghia Sophia is a work of the empire’s empire that has made the world come to grips with its wealth and technical ability.
According to the prophets, the area surrounding the emperor’s throne in the church is the official center of the world. After the Ottoman armies invaded Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, which had been transformed into a museum in the 20th century, continues to be one of the most important attractions of Istanbul.
TAKSIM-ISTIKLAL STREET AND NISANTASI DISTRICT
Nişantaşı, near Taksim, is a district in the Şişli district of Istanbul on the European side. It is considered to be one of the most exclusive districts of Istanbul, with popular shopping and residential areas. There are brand names in the region, European style cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Nowadays it is a stylish shopping district and a rich residential area.
ISTANBUL CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION CENTERS
Located in the city center, the Congress Valley is within walking distance of a wide range of hotel options. In the Valley of Congress, there are ‘Istanbul Congress Center’ and ‘Istanbul Congress and Exhibition Palace’, both of which offer a variety of meeting facilities. World Bank – The Istanbul Congress Center, opened with the IMF Summit, has an auditorium of 3705 people and 115 meeting rooms with an area of more than 16,000 square meters.
The Istanbul Congress and Exhibition Center has an auditorium of 2000 people and an exhibition area of 7000 m2 with numerous meeting rooms and 27 multi function rooms.
The Golden Horn Congress Center, which is located in the Golden Horn region with an area of 86.000 m2 and a total area of 102.000 m2, is another big complex with an auditorium of 3008 people and other meeting places.
In addition, there are demonstration centers in Istanbul that can host multipurpose indoor sports fields, theaters, sports events, concerts, performances and mega events.