Istanbul City Travel Photos

Istanbul City Travel Photos

I have been to Istanbul many times and admired its beauty. The Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, New Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Spice Bazaar they are all nice place to go and see.

In this blog post, I will try to give you the list of things to do in Istanbul through nice photographs. So it will be like a virtual Istanbul tour.

I hope you enjoy the nice photos of Istanbul, Turkey.

Hagia Sophia

One of the ancient wonders of the world. The Hagia Sophia is the most visited museum in Turkey. It has beautiful mosaics and stand out with its stunning architecture. I loved this building and took many photos of it. I tried to take the best shots over and over, I am sharing two of my Hagia Sophia pictures with you, one from outside and one from inside the church.

Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
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Sultanahmet square and the park

Inside the Hagia Sophia is like a spiritual voyage. It mesmerize you with its beauty and you find yourself keep looking up the ceilings and walls. There is something everywhere to see. I think you should spend several days, only for Hagia Sophia to see each and every details. Perhaps it’s still not possible to see whole details after all that time.

Hagia Sophia Church Interior With Mosaics
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Inside The Hagia Sophia

Topkapı Palace

The Sultans, the emperors of the Ottoman Empire, lived in this massive palace. It look like a castle, since it’s surrounded with high walls. There is a pretty fountain in front of it. You can see the fountain and the ceremonial entrance gate (Bab-ı Humayun) from the visual. The building will be restorated soon, so make sure that you get there in time.

Entrance Of Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace
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Topkapı Palace In Istanbul

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque is a great place to see. I took two photos again from outside and inside. Here you can see the entrance gate to the Blue Mosque which is opening to the main courtyard. The people who wants to pray, muslims, are allowed from the courtyard. Otherwise, touristic visits from the side door.

Gate Of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque
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Blue Mosque Entrance

It’s confusing that there is nothing related to blue color from the outside of the Mosque. So while waiting in the queue, you think why they call this place as Blue Mosque? You get the answer after getting inside the mosque. Here it is! The beautiful dome of Blue Mosque with a distinctive Blue color.

The Interior Of Blue Mosque With The Grand Dome
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Inside Of The Blue Mosque

New Mosque And Suleymaniye Mosques

New Mosque is located at Eminönü which is like the hub of the Old Peninsula of Istanbul. Galata Bridge is next to this area. You may visit the Spice Bazaar as well. So the closer object in the picture is the New Mosque, built by Valide Sultan (Mother Of Sultan) and the further image is Süleymaniye Mosque which is built by the architect Sinan, in the name of the Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent. That is even larger mosque than the Blue Mosque. I think it’s the biggest mosque in Istanbul.

Imperial Mosques Of Istanbul From Marmara Sea
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New Mosque and Suleymaniye Mosque

4 Seasons Hotel With Seljuk Architecture

Four Seasons Hotel is located in the heart of the old city. It’s surprising that this building used to be a prison before. So the rich visitors of Istanbul paying a lot of money to hire one of the cells inside. Apart from the joke, the building is perfectly restored and converted into a luxurious hotel. I strongly recommend you to have a look at the pretty garden. The building’s architectural features are Seljuk Style. Seljuk Turks are known as the fathers of Ottoman Turks.

Four Seasons Hotel Building In Sultanahmet Old City
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Four Seasons Hotel In Istanbul

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is a bustling shopping center. It is built in 15th century. It has been the main shopping attraction of Istanbul ever since. You may see people walking around, wandering through the streets. This place is like a maze. Easy to get lost. A tour guide is recommended.

Streets Of The Grand Bazaar Shopping Center Of Istanbul

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I hope you would enjoy these photos. Have a great time and do not delay to arrange a trip to Istanbul. In order to travel around Istanbul and finding your way easily you may check istanbul touristic maps for getting around article for high resolution good quality maps.


 

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By Serhat Engul

Private Tour Guide In Turkey

serhateng@gmail.com

Unveil Istanbul With A Tour Guide

Unveil Istanbul With An Official Tour Guide

Istanbul is a city with 2650 years of history. The Istanbul has been a home to different civilizations. Among them there were Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Turks. To get a grip of this brilliant history, a private tour guide can help you around.

A Brief History Of Istanbul

Istanbul had been a home to great civilizations in the past. Istanbul’s destiny has changed forever, when the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great entered into the old Istanbul, in other words Byzantium.

The Emperor Constantine was looking for a new center for the Great Roman Empire and he found his new home in a little fishermans village… He converted this little Greek Village (Byzantium) into an imperial city. He named it as Constantinople and rebuilt the city completely. Adorned it with a Hippodrome, Great Palace and Churches.

Gem Of Istanbul Hagia Sophia
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Istanbul History

Roman Empire was divided into two by the Emperor Theodosios in 395 A.D. Istanbul then became the capital of Eastern Roman Empire or in other words, Byzantine Empire.

Byzantine Empire lasted for more than 1000 years. From 395 to 1453 so Constantinople served as the capital of this mysterious civilization of history.

Finally Ottomans entered to Istanbul. They brought Turkish culture and they are also affected by local culture. It became a mixture of customs and traditions. Turks learnt from Greeks and Greeks learnt from Turks. That’s why they never agree about if it’s Turkish coffee or Greek coffee, or Turkish Baklava or Greek Baklava…

Istanbul Private Tours
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Hagia Sophia Private Tours

Tour Guiding Requires Expertise In Istanbul

Tour guiding is a Professional job in Turkey. Someone should study in university for the related branch and qualify in the hard lenguage exams. Tour guiding license will be acquired after these obligations.

Most of the guides are doing this as a full time job, which means they are very experienced in their job. Some of them do this job for over than 20 years and they retire from guiding too.

A knowledgeable and experienced tour guide can help you understand diverse culture of the city. Istanbul Guided Tours are well organized. A licensed tour guide can tell you about each and every layers of history without bothering you. Otherwise a lot of information could be overwhelming, therefore he makes sure that you are entertained with interesting legends as well.

Istanbul City In The Winter
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Istanbul Private Tours

Booking A Private Tour Guide In Istanbul

You can either book your guide through a travel agency or from the internet. Booking guides through Trip Advisor or from their own websites very popular nowadays. It’s now very easy to find a guide on Google, by searching the needed keywords.

My suggestion to you, please check the background of the guide through internet by surfing through deeper layers. Well what does it mean?

A lot of guides have accounts on Trip Advisor and many of them have profiles filled up with 5 stars. The relationship between the customers and guide could have been good and they vote him 5 stars. However it does not mean that he is a great guide. It’s better to check if the guide has his own website, if he writes some articles, or if he is featured on some magazines, travel blogs or news.

There are some very succesful guides in Istanbul and why shouldn’t you get the best?

Istanbul Guided Tours By Serhat
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Istanbul Guided Tours

Istanbul Guided Tours By Serhat

Mr. Serhat Engül is a private tour guide based in Istanbul city. He has been working as a tour guide for the last 12 years.

He writes articles to The Culture Trip, Daves Travel Corner, Istanbul Clues blogs. You can check his works from istanbulclues.com or serhatengul.com websites.

If you may want to attend one of his Istanbul Private Tours, you may contact to Serhat through serhateng@gmail.com e-mail adress. You can let him know about your priorities and time so a custom programme can be arranged for you.


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By Serhat Engul

Private Tour Guide In Turkey

serhateng@gmail.com