Istanbul largest city in Turkey. The city is not only economic, cultural main center but also historical heart. The commercial center lies on European side, while its half population is Asian. It is also said as Eurasia. The city is also titled as sixth largest city in world, it also forms largest accumulation in Europe. To be very precise, the city Istanbul is located at between Black Sea and Sea of Marmara. It was founded as Byzantium around 660BC. The estimated population of city is around 12-18 million of people, forming bridge between two continent Europe and Asia.
Climate at Istanbul is oceanic sort, where summer is quite hot and winter is wet with occasional snowy. The annual rainfall to is high around 844 mm. if you are planning to pay visit, then winter is best season to plan for visit.
Istanbul offers several places historical and religious places to visit, right from Roman period, Ottoman period and Byzantine period. Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cisterina and St Saviour Chora Church as impressive monuments to visit.
How can we forget to visit Tulip bed on reaching Istanbul? Istanbul was once famous for Tulip garden, but then economic destruction during Ottoman Empire vanished the tulip’s popularity. But eventually after Ottoman Empire’s dissolution, tulip regained the popularity and is considered as symbol of Turkey and Istanbul.
Things you should never miss on your visit to Istanbul:
Sounds strange! A Turkish bath, very essential thing to do on your visit to Istanbul. One visit will make you feel delight, and surely you will repeat that again before leaving. There are several type of Hamams, selecting between them might be tough decision. They not only offer Turkish special type of bath (sauna), but also scrubbing and massage. The bath is definitely very unique which you will not find in other countries.
Nargile is old word used for Turkish pipe. Today they are more popularly known as ‘Hooka Pipe’. Some might find pleasure, while some find not so cool habit to go for. Anyways, most famous spots you can smoke Nargile are Grand Bazaar, Çorlulu Ali Paşa, Koca Sinan Paşa Türbesi, and Yeniçeriler Caddesi.
- Jewish Heritage Tour:
This place is Jewish cemetery, it belong to Turkish Jews who came from Spain in year 1492. The Turkish Jew lived in harmony and peace after then. Today it has become a tourist spot.
- Süleymaniye Mosque
The Süleymaniye top crown dominates the Istanbul’s 7-hill. It is provides landmark for Istanbul. The mosque is definitely largest and finest Ottoman empires Mosque. The mosque and building surrounding it was constructed under design of famous architect ‘Mimar Sinan’. The construction of mosque was completed between 1550 -1557. The garden and overall construction is beautiful and mesmerizing.
Other Spots to explore in Istanbul are:
- Aya Sofya
- Istanbul Archaeology Museum
- Kariye Museum
- Dolmabahce Palace and many more.
Istanbul, a city in turkey is safe place to travel. But beware of pick-pocketing on crowded street, stay safe and ride safe. Hope you plan safe and delightful journey!