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A city trip to Istanbul

Istanbul is a great place to visit. It is the biggest city in Turkey and has plenty of attractions. Here are some of the highlights of Istanbul that you should read before going on a city trip to Istanbul:

Sights we visited :

  1. Aya Sofya: Although there are plenty of monuments in Istanbul, Aya Sofya is extremely popular for its cultural history, outstanding beauty and religious significance. This beautiful structure was built by Justinian, the great Byzantine emperor. This remarkable building is well known for its huge dome and gold mosaics.
  2. Topaki Palace: After visiting the Aya Sofya, you must visit the Topaki Palace, one of the most remarkable castles found in Istanbul. Topaki Palace attracts plenty of foreigners because of the interesting stories of lustful sultans, attractive concubines, determined courtiers and eunuchs who lived in this palace between 15th to 19th centuries. The opulent pavilions of the palace and the treasury filled with jewels makes this place a top cultural highlight of Istanbul.
  3. Basilica Cistern: The subterranean and beautiful structure of Basilica Cistern was also built by Justinian, the great Byzantine emperor. The grandeur of this building does not fail to enthrall the tourists. The large depths of this building fascinate people visiting the Basilica Cistern. The building is named Basilica Cistern because it lies beneath the Stoa Basilica.
  4. Blue Mosque: If you are visiting Istanbul, you cannot afford to miss the Blue Mosque. It is the most photogenic and beautiful building of Istanbul. The tomb of the Blue Mosque faces the Sultanahmet Park. The curvaceous exterior and the blue tiles in the interior of the mosque make it a spectacular delight.

Apart from these four culturally rich buildings, there are several others mosques and museums in Istanbul that you can visit when you are in this majestic city.

Restaurants

After a lot of sightseeing, you would surely want to have some great food. There are plenty of restaurants in Istanbul where you can get some amazing food. If you love seafood, you must visit the restaurant called Balikci Sabahattin which serves a variety of fish. If you want to have some amazing desserts, you should visit Develi Baklava. If you want to have Turkish food, then you can visit Matbah or Klemuri.

Shopping

When you are visiting a new city, you would surely like to indulge in some amount of shopping. There are some great shopping destinations in Istanbul. Ozlem Tuna is a great place where you would get some stylish and contemporary jewellery at an affordable price. Dervis is another great place where you can shop cotton and silk outfits. If you are fond of arts and craft, then Nahil is the perfect destination for you.

Thus, you see that Istanbul is a delightful city filled with monuments, restaurants, shopping destinations and events. You would surely have a great time if you go on a city trip to Istanbul.