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How to come To Istanbul ?

* You can come by plane. There are two international airports in Istanbul.
One of Asian part, its name Sabiha Gökçen Airport, -> www.ataturkairport.com
One of Eurepean part, its name Atatürk Airport -> www.sgairport.com
Turkish airlines, Atlasjet, Onur air is turkish airport company. You can find cheap flights to istanbul from turkish airplanes. You can find privates services İstanbul Airport Transfer from airport to hotels or from hotels to airport.

* You can come by sea. Istanbul is the largest cruiser port of Turkey, and it is on the regular routes of cruises and yachts.

* You can come by car from European Country and Asian Country.

Where is Istanbul Hotels, Hostels & Accommodation,

Istanbul has every type of accommodation, including luxurious hotels, boutique hotels surrounded by historical buildings, and historic hotels.

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How to intercity transport in Istanbul ?

* Transport in Istanbul depends greatly on city buses. There are about 500 routes regularly served by buses. As the IstanbulStrait facilitates sea travel, there are regular boat services. The bus terminals on both sides of the IstanbulStrait are connected by ferries crossing from Sirkeci, Haydarpaşa, Karaköy, and Eminönü, which provide a very pleasant mode of transport. Üsküdar is connected to Karaköy and Eminönü by ferry, and there are regular boat services to the PrinceIslands departing from Sirkeci, Kadıköy, Bostancı, Kabataş and Kartal. There are also fast catamaran services to the PrinceIslands departing from Sirkeci, Bostancı and Kabataş. Detailed information about these services, schedules and cancellations, can be obtained from the website of Istanbul Sea Buses Corp. (IDO), where you can also purchase tickets online: www.ido.com.tr.
Underground Metro lines, metrobus connection and taxis are other options for travel in Istanbul. A nostalgic ride can be enjoyed on board an historical tram at İstiklal Street of Beyoğlu. The Tunnel, an underground funicular, designed and built in the late 19th century to climb the steep incline between Karaköy on the Haliç shore and the hilltop Beyoğlu, also provides an enjoyable excursion.

Shopping in Istanbul

Shopping Center in Istanbul

One of the most important Ottoman institutions that ensured the longevity of the state was the vakıf (religious foundations) system. According to this system, when a mosque was commissioned a set of buildings was also planned to generate income, to meet the future expenses of employees, repairs and maintenance costs. One obvious choice was market buildings. So the story of Kapalı Çarşı (Covered Bazaar) and Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar) started in that manner, and they became the most visited places of Istanbul. Kapalı Çarşı reached its present form over a period of 250 years, and today everything from antiques to jewellery, from gold to cheap souvenirs is sold in over 3,000 shops. The original intention of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror was that this should generate income for the upkeep of Ayasofya. The Mısır Çarşısı had a similar aim; it was intended to provide for Yeni Cami (New Mosque). Today both Kapalı Çarşı and Mısır Çarşısı are places where plenty of alternatives for purchasing souvenirs and mementos to remind Istanbul could be found. Both used to be primary trading places during the Ottoman Period, and today some traditional wares are still sold. Other products, however, are more modern. In this way these venues of Istanbul bring old and new, traditional and modern together. Along the street between Kapalı Çarşı and Nur-u Osmaniye Mosque are shops selling authentic Eastern wares such as carpets. The Arasta Çarşısı (Arasta Bazaar), situated behind the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, is yet another place where authentic goods and handicraft souvenirs can be found. Sultanahmet and its environs are other such areas. Old book enthusiasts should visit the Sahaflar Çarşısı, which is situated between Beyazıt Mosque and Kapalı Çarşı. Among Istanbul’s shopping facilities you can find places selling simple jewellery and authentic handicraft as well as shops selling famous world brands. The first place that comes to mind is İstiklal Street. In the larger shops you could find the most expensive world brands as well as smaller shops in the passages selling diverse goods. Musical instruments, simple jewellery, ready-made clothing, old books, and many individual shops line the street. The Rumeli Street in Harbiye district is famous for international brands of ready-made clothing and accessories. In Kadıköy, Bağdat Street is also lined with shops. Apart from the more luxurious shops there are others in different parts of Kadıköy providing reasonable quality and prices. Antique enthusiasts should visit the Tarihi Kadıköy Çarşısı (Historical Market of Kadıköy). Antique dealers can be found along the Tellalzade Street in the market. On the Kadıköy Sanatçılar Sokağı (the Artists Road) along the road from Kadıköy to Bahariye you can buy artefacts produced in the workshops of ceramic artists, painters and sculptors. If you do not want to spend too much time shopping by wandering in the streets, there are many shopping centres in Istanbul that gather many brands and types of goods under one roof. Among them the most prominent are Akmerkez, Atrium, Bauhaus, Capitol, Carousel, Carrefour, Cevahir Istanbul, Galleria, G-Mall, Kanyon, Maslak Çarşı, Mayadrom Shopping Centre, Metrocity, Olivium, Pabetland, Profilo Shopping Center and Tepe Nautilus Shopping Centre and Mall Of Istanbul.

Entertainment in Istanbul

Istanbul is great place for Entertinment.
Istanbul never sleeps. The morning starts before dawn with the departure of the fishermen to IstanbulStrait. Then come the fly fishers who go to the GalataBridge to try their luck in the waters of the Golden Horn. Daylight brings the employees rushing to reach their workplaces on time, reminding visitors that Istanbul is a metropolis. Those who have to cross the waters have their preferred breakfast simits (bread rings laced with sesame seeds and dripped in diluted grape molasses before baking) onboard, and share part of it with the seagulls chasing the boats. At the end of the day, when the sun starts, the city begins to shimmer. Now the movement is towards the entertainment centres where the whole fatigue of the day is cast away. Istanbul is a centre of social and cultural life. It was declared European Capital of Culture 2010, and every year its historic cultural riches are complemented by exhibitions of world renowned artists. International arts and music festivals bring artists and art lovers together. Istanbul hosts cultural and artistic activities of young generations in 1,000-year-old venues, deserving its claim to be the Capital of Culture. Some of the open-air events and events held in historic venues with superb acoustics are unique experiences not to be missed. In Beyoğlu you can find 24-hour entertainment. There are beer houses where oriental music is performed, cafés and bars, as well as old style drinking dens in the Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passage) and on Asmalimescit Road of Beyoğlu, which are the most popular spots. Nişantaşı and Etiler are also renowned as luxurious entertainment venues. Taksim and the coasts of IstanbulStrait boast prominent entertainment facilities. On the Anatolian side, the bars in Kadıköy offer a night life that is well worth a visit. There are also seaside cafés and restaurants. If you are looking for more Turkish-style entertainment venues, try one of the authentic fishermen’s drinking dens in Kumkapi and Yenikapi.

Places To Visit in Istanbul, To See in istanbul

Istanbul Attractions, Tourist Attractions in Istanbul

Istanbul is great city. Lots of attractions has in Istanbul. The Tour Guide of Istanbul; an Asian as well as a European City. The straits deperated two sides, great combinations. Istanbul cannot be seen or experienced in with all its glorious colours in just a couple of days. The visitor needs a couple of weeks to explore this magnificent city. You have to walk along the streets to get the feel of the city, and avoid public transport if you are to enjoy the experience of finding hidden gems.
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Top Attractions in Istanbul

  • The Historical Peninsula: Where is historical Peninsula ‘Within the Royal Walls’; ‘Sultanahmet and Environs’; from ‘Eminönü’ to ‘Süleymaniye’ – From ‘Süleymaniye’ to ‘Eminönü’; ‘Fatih’ along the ‘Golden Horn’. The walk at ‘Fener’ and ‘Balat’ as well as sightseeing along the ‘Divanyolu’, where you can see examples of monumental architecture, will help you to familiarise yourself with the historical peninsula.
    The Heart of the Historical Peninsula: Sultanahmet and Its Environs

    Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) the most spectacular of the religious buildings, the Hippodrome which served as the common entertainment centre and the Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Yerebatan Cistern) which supplied most of the city’s water, had all been gathered here at the city centre. The Hippodrome was the site of many riots as well as chariot races in Byzantine Period. During the Ottoman times the square where the Hippodrome used to stand became the site for the circumcision ceremonies of the Sultan’s sons. These ceremonies lasted for forty days and forty nights, during which jugglers and magicians performed their tricks. This was also where the principal religious and state buildings, including TopkapiPalace, were constructed.

  • The European Side of the Istanbul Strait: Galata and its environs have been the centre of commerce since the antiquity. A walk from here to Ortaköy or to Beyoğlu, the heart of Istanbul’s entertainment industry, would be a good start.
  • The Asian Face of Istanbul: On the Asian side of Istanbul are Kadıköy and Üsküdar which were hunting grounds and pleasure gardens during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. A walk along the Strait is also highly recommended.
  • Boat Tour on the Istanbul Strait: A boat tour on the Strait, connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, is a delightful way of seeing Istanbul without setting foot either in Asia or in Europe. You can also take a boat trip to the PrinceIslands to escape the hustle and bustle of Istanbul.

History of Istanbul

Until 1453, when it was conquered by the Ottomans, the city had served as the capital of the Byzantine Empire. During the sovereignty of Byzantine Empire it was adorned with several works of art to become the most magnificent city of the world, even in those years when the Byzantines themselves were enfeebled. When the Roman Empire needed a base to stage its campaigns towards the East, there was not much need to explore further afield: Istanbul’s unique location and strategic position made it the best choice. The identity of Istanbul that began to be formed by the Byzantines was further shaped during the period of Ottoman Empire; The most important building activities started in the Byzantine Period, and the city was then embellished further during the Ottoman Period.Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror declared Istanbul the capital of Ottoman Empire after he conquered the city in 1453. Over the next 450 years the city was adorned with superb Ottoman works of art. Building activities after the conquest gained apace during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II, with the finest works built by Mimar Sinan, the Chief Royal Architect. This world famous architect put his signature on the silhouette of Istanbul with several masterpieces. Ofcourse, he was fortunate to live through the most glorious period of Ottoman history, a coincidence that played a major role in his work. Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent generously put the riches of the empire at the disposal of Sinan in order to enable him to beautify Istanbul. Sinan responded to his generosity by adorning Istanbul with buildings that still evoke admiration in visitors thanks to his superlative talent and skill. Sinan’s apprentices and disciples continued this work after him, so that Istanbul, from being the most prominent city of the Byzantine Empire, gained a new identity with mosques, caravanserais, public bathhouses and tombs and became a city to admire. The Ottomans wisely tolerated religions other than Islam, and dedicated many places of worship to Christian and Jewish communities so r that these peoples could practise their religion in peace of mind.Because of this tolerant outlook, mosques, churches and synagogues stood and still stand side by side. This is the physical evidence of the fact that Istanbul was the symbol of tolerance and fraternity of religions.

Beauties of Istanbul

The historical peninsula is the most beautiful part of İstanbul and is strategically well placed. The city is surrounded by a seascape peppered with distant islands and this, together with the Golden Horn- Haliç, thrusts into the land along the peninsula, make İstanbul a unique place and throughout its long history, a city that many desired to conquer. But the desire to possess the city cannot be explained only by its strategic position or unsurpassed beauty; it has a different attraction, a mystical magnetism that drew states, empires and great conquerors towards it. This attraction led to a long history of conflict, conquest and occupation between those determined to maintain their hold on the city and those who strove to capture it. For more than 1,500 years İstanbul was the capital of two empires, first the Byzantine and later the Ottoman. It was beautified accordingly with magnificent monuments and became a metropolis where diverse cultures, nations and religions mingle. Those cultures, nations and religions are the small pieces that form the mosaic of İstanbul.

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