Istanbul Points of Interests
Istanbul, Turkey, is the largest European city and suspected to have been inhabited since the 6th Millennium BCE, that’s over 8,000 years of history packed into one place and you can feel it in the air.
Known previously as Constantinople and Byzantium, Istanbul is now one of the more popular holiday destinations for Brits who want to see something amazing and something a bit different.
There are sights and activities in Istanbul that you won’t even come close to anywhere else in the world.
Wow. I don’t know whether it’s possible to ever truly have your breath taken away by something as much as standing in front of the 1,480 year old Hagia Sophia.
Hagia Sophia’s full Greek name, Ναὸς της Αγίας τοῦ Θεού Σοφίας, Naos tēs Hagias tou Theou Sophias, meaning, ‘Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God,’ is a bit of a mouthful so I’m sure nobody will mind if we just use the nickname.
Built by The Roman Empire (Yes, that Roman Empire) as their first Christian Cathedral, now almost 1,500 years later it stands as a museum and a testament to its own rich history with a ticket price of 40 Turkish Lira (£8.50).
Wait, don’t go yet!
I know what you’re thinking, ‘Cistern? Isn’t that the thing at the back of the loo?’
Well, yes, but the Basilica Cistern is the largest of a collection of incredibly huge caverns built underneath Istanbul to store and filter water.
And they are beautiful. With the ability to hold a staggering 800 million litres of water, this huge cavern is supported by 336 hand carved marble columns.
Completely devoid of water, now, it makes you wonder… Who left the tap on
You better have your bartering boots on because the Grand Bazaar puts every single other market in the world to shame, in my opinion.
Spanning across 61 streets and over 4,000 shops with roughly 26,000 shop workers employed the Grand Bazaar you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time.
You’ll find plenty of bargains there and you’ll definitely be able to get your family and friends all a little souvenir without breaking the bank.
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