- By Kevin
- On Jan 3, 2018
- Travel Tips
Following our travel guides to visit Istanbul,Turkey.Best places for Istanbul day trips for you.Food is a central part of the culture during the Istanbul trip,so menus should be studied just as seriously as a map(which is also a must).And you should check out the many bazaars around town when looking for souvenirs,but if you only have time for one,be sure to visit the largest and most famous.
Blue Mosque(Sultan Ahmet Camii)
Sultan Ahmet I's grand architectural gift to his capital was this beautiful mosque,commonly known as the Blue Mosque today.Built between 1609 and 1616,the mosque caused a furore throughout the Muslim world when it was finished as it had six minarets(the same number as the Great Mosque of Mecca).A seventh minaret was eventually gifted to Mecca to stem the dissent.The mosque gets its nickname from its interior decoration of tens of thousands ofİznik tiles.The entire spatial and color effect of the interior make the mosque one of the finest achievements of Ottoman architecture.A great sightseeing joy of a trip to Istanbul is wandering amid the gardens sandwiched between the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofya to experience their dueling domes in twin glory.Come at dusk as the call to prayer echoes out from the Blue Mosque's minaret for extra ambience.
Directly behind the Blue Mosque is the Arasta Bazaar;a great place for a shopping stop as the handicraft shops here sell high-quality souvenirs.Even if you're not interested in a browse,head here to see the Great Palace Mosaic Museum,which is tucked between the Arasta Bazaar and the mosque.This small museum displays the 250-square-meter fragment of mosaic pavement that was unearthed in the 1950s here.Excellent information panels explain the mosaic floor's recovery and subsequent rescue.