Historical Places

January 26, 2015

Fun Facts About Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s most popular tourist attractions, but did you know that… …the Hagia Sophia is 1,478 years old. Construction began in […]
January 19, 2015

What to Wear When Visiting Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

One of the most popular attractions in Istanbul is the Blue Mosque. Located only 2.3 kilometers from the Hotel Büyük Keban, the Turkish name for this […]
January 12, 2015

Bursa’s Covered Bazaar vs Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

A lot of travelers compare the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul to the famous Covered Bazaar in Bursa to the south. The two destinations are similar, but […]
November 17, 2014

Visit the Harem of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

Whether you’re traveling to Istanbul for business or pleasure, you should take the time to visit the Topkapi Palace. Considered one of the top tourist destinations […]
August 24, 2014

The Walls of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey

Not to be missed on your visit to Istanbul are the extremely impressive layered stone and brick walls protecting the city, which were built under the […]
August 1, 2014

Things You Can Do In Istanbul This Fall

Most travelers and vacationers know by know that Istanbul is nothing less than a stellar location for discovery. Bridging two continents, Asian and European cultures merge […]
June 6, 2014

Istanbul During the Ottoman Empire

As the capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1453 to 1923, Istanbul was cemented as one of the world’s most historically significant cities, following up its […]
April 14, 2014

The Different Architectural Styles of Istanbul

Istanbul is a cultural melting pot that has developed over millennia due to the converging influences of Phoenician, Roman, Anatolian, Slavic, Levantine, Genoese, Ottoman, Greek, Arabic, […]
March 28, 2014

5 Must See Mosques in Istanbul

Istanbul is a haven for history lovers and architecture buffs, and some of the most remarkable traces of how the city’s history and architecture cross are […]
March 26, 2014

East Meets West: What Makes Istanbul Unique

As an important strategic location for many of history’s great civilizations, and a major center of the ages-old Silk spice routes that connected Asia, Africa, and […]
March 25, 2014

The Religious Importance of Istanbul

Just the fact of Istanbul’s establishment by Roman Emperor Constantine as the Eastern capital of its Christian empire would make the city a site of religious […]
February 8, 2014

Istanbul’s Blue Mosque: Islamic Architecture at Its Best

Istanbul’s Blue Mosque is without a doubt one of the city’s finest examples of Islamic architecture. Also known as Sultanahmet Mosque, visitors are curious as to why it was colorfully nicknamed the Blue Mosque. Curiosity peaks when they approach the mosque, and to their dismay, they do not see even a hint of blue from the outside. As puzzled as they may be at that moment, it all makes sense when they walk inside and the spectacular blue tiles grab their attention.