- By Kevin
- On Jan 2, 2018
- Travel Tips
Istanbul is a city that wears its cultures and history well,blending them into an exciting city that has much to offer travelers from around the world.Standing between the East and the West,Turkey’s largest city offers an aura of intrigue and charm that will appeal to all visitors.Great places don't miss in Istanbul travel as below:
The Basilica Cistern has been providing Istanbul residents with water since the sixth century when it was ordered built by the Roman Emperor Justinian I.A visit leaves travelers raving about the technology the ancient Romans used to build this architectural wonder that was very advanced for its day.The underground cistern,just a few steps away from the Blue Mosque,was built on the site of a basilica that was constructed in the third century.Known as the Sunken Palace,the cistern can hold up to 2.8 million cubic feet of water.The cistern is one of the locations used in From Russia with Love,a James Bond thriller filmed in 1963.
Luxurious,plush and beautiful are just some of the adjectives used to describe the Dolmabahce Palace,which has been compared to the Palace of Versailles.Built in the 19th century using 14 tons of gold leaf,Turkey’s most glamorous palace blends traditional Ottoman architecture with the European styles of Neoclassical,Baroque and Rococo.Home to six sultans from 1856 to 1924,it also is home to the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier,a gift from Queen Victoria.The Dolmabahce Palace’s setting is stunning:It was built along the Bosphorus coastline.