You could certainly come to Istanbul, eat nothing but sugary confections and consider your trip well worth it. After all, Turkish Delight is world renown for its simple yet addictive nature. When the Sultan’s quarreling harem could find no peace, it is this treat that finally ended their bickering. Just ask Edmund from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – he was willing to betray his siblings for another taste.
Yet these aren’t the only delights to be found in Istanbul. Whether you come to explore the rich historical sites, experience the religious ones, or have an agenda that’s entirely your own, you’ll surely find something to delight all your senses. Let’s explore just a few of these attractions together.
The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is one site which houses three museums; the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art. Constructed during the late 17th century, this historical site offers tourists a grand view of worldwide artifacts.
The Hagia Sophia was once a Christian cathedral that was later converted into a imperial mosque; it now stands as a museum that reveres both Christian and Islamic iconography. Whether you come for the architecture or the unusual but gorgeous blending of these two religions, the Hagia Sophia is one site you simply must see.
There are several notable worship centers located in Istanbul. These buildings have a long tenure of welcoming worshippers and visitors to their architectural grandeur. This is due to their development during the early teen centuries.
- Blue Mosque: Recognized for its intricate blue tile designs, this mosque was constructed during the early 15th century particularly for Sultan Ahmed I. Although used primarily for Muslim worshippers, this historical landmark is open to tourists who want view the site.
- Chora Church: This Byzantine church is now a museum that showcases many 14th century Byzantine artifacts.
- Fatih Mosque: This mosque has served as a multipurpose center particularly as a hotel, hospital, school, cemetery, market, and kitchen. Tourist admission is free and this site is open daily.
Shopping Centers and Markets
Speckled among the many religious and historic sites of Istanbul is a shopper’s utopia. While there are many shopping centers, these are some of the most famous and most popular in the city.
- Grand Bazaar: World travellers have been shopping at this center since the 13th century. Spanning 60 streets, it welcomes more than 250,000 visitors every day. This center is open every day except Sunday.
- Spice Bazaar: This Egyptian theme market sells an assortment of spices, nuts, dried fruits and other specialty foods. This center is also open every day except Sunday.
- Taksim Square: This square is the central hub for many of Istanbul’s businesses, retail stores, and restaurants.
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