- By Kevin
- On Jan 2, 2018
- Travel Tips
Istanbul,one of the most important city in Turkey,full of attractions in and around it.It has something from all eras;from Romans to Byzantines,Ottomans to the Turkish Republic.Here’s a list of the 18 most important touristic attractions and things to see in Istanbul.Admission to top attractions in Istanbul as our guides:
Topkapi Palace is one of the must-see attractions in Istanbul that combines history and stunning scenery in an experience that is not to be rushed.Rich in the history of the Ottoman Empire,the Topkapi Palace is surrounded by five kilometers(3.1 miles)of stone wall with 27 towers.Topkapi,which dates back to the 15th century,is situated on a hill overlooking the Sea of Marmara,the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.At one time it was an official royal residence of the Ottoman Empire sultans and seat of Turkish government,but is now a museum that is considered the largest and oldest palace in the world.Visitors can get a glimpse of the harem’s quarters,where the government worked,a collection of old weapons used by the sultans,the palace kitchens with a huge porcelain collection,and the treasury with its collection of jewels and clocks.
The Blue Mosque,built in the early 17th century,remains an active house of worship today.This means visitors need to time their visits carefully,as the mosque is closed to sightseers during the five daily prayer times for Muslims.All visitors must remove their shoes and women must cover their hair.This is a small price to pay for seeing its priceless treasures that include 20,000 ceramic tiles in various tulip designs and 200 stained glass windows,all with intricate designs.The mosque,built by Sultan Ahmet,takes its name from the blue tiles on the dome and the upper levels of the interior.