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Essential Guide on Travelling & Staying in Istanbul

Mar 24th 2015 at 11:08 AM

Istanbul is one of those cities in the world which has something for everything. It was the capital city of four empires and has a rich cultural heritage. Travelers interested in history can explore amazing historical monuments and landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and more. For those who love food, the city offers the ideal blend of Eastern and Western cuisines. Party-hoppers and shoppers can have a blast too as the city offers a vibrant nightlife and the best modern shopping centers, coupled with hand crafted items from local designers. Last but not the least, the city boasts of exhilarating views and landscapes, which will leave travelers mesmerized and captivated.

Famous places to visit in Istanbul

Monuments & landmarks: One the most famous historical monuments in Istanbul is the Hagia Sophia, which started out a Greek Eastern Orthodox basilica and was later transformed into a Roman catholic church and then a mosque. Today it’s a museum and an architectural marvel. Among the many landmarks in the city, two of the must visit sites are the Topkapi Palace – one of the monuments of the Ottoman Empire and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Blue Mosque as it’s famously known.

Shopping centers & night clubs: The Grand Bazaar is the first name that comes to mind when shopping in Istanbul. With over 5,000 shops this is one of the largest marketplaces in the world. For those who love shopping in malls there is the Akmerkez Shopping Center and the Istinye Park. For club-hoppers and party goers, the nigh comes alive with fantastic night clubs such as Anjelique, Blackk and Reina.  

Where to stay in Istanbul?

While there are end numbers of hotels in Istanbul, you can also rent apartments and furnished flats in Istanbul– which make you feel at home even in a foreign country. One of the most sought after rent apartment provider is Istanbul Apartments. They offer the best apartments in central Istanbul as well as in the downtown areas such as Beyoglu, Tesvikiye, Macka, Besiktas and by the airport Halkali.

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