- By Kevin
- On Jan 2, 2018
- Travel Tips
Where to stay during the Istanbul vacation?Our Istanbul guides bring you to the best pPlaces to visit in Istanbul,Turkey.Founded during Neolithic times,Istanbul today is a modern city that remains true to its historic heritage through its mosques,basilicas and cathedrals,and ancient bazaars.
At 67 meters(219 feet)high,the Galata Tower rules over the Istanbul skyline,offering great views of the old city and its surroundings.The medieval stone tower,known as the Tower of Christ,was the tallest building in Istanbul when it was built in 1348.It still stands tall over Istanbul today.The tower has been modified over the centuries,at one time being used as an observation tower to spot fires.Today,its upper reaches include a café,restaurant and a night club,both reached by elevator in the nine-story building,where one can find the stunning vistas.
The Chora Church may be a little bit off the beaten tourist path,but visitors say the beautiful Byzantine art is well worth the effort to get there.Magnificent mosaics and frescoes depict the life of Jesus and his mother,Mary.Known as the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora,it has been described as one of the most beautiful surviving works of Byzantine architecture.Dating back to the days of Constantine,the Chora was a monastery in its early years;a few centuries later,it became a mosque,and in 1948,it was converted to a museum.