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Documentaries and Videos to Watch Before Visiting Istanbul

You may have heard many things about the great city of Istanbul. Stories from other travellers visited there, from vlogs or blogs of travellers on the internet or from the writings of the locals. But many of these sources rely on their own experiences. In this writing, we will provide a deeper insight of this beautiful and strange city on more rare points.

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Chora of Istanbul: A Magnificent Attraction

Kariye Museum is another museum opened to Muslims as a mosque after Hagia Sophia. Perhaps the last time to see the mosaics and frescoes on the walls of the museum. Because it can be completely closed in the future, just like the mosaics in Hagia Sophia. The museum, located in the Edirnekapı district in Istanbul, is about 100 meters from the Theodosius (now known as Istanbul) Walls, which have survived until today. The building is located at the northwest end of the historical peninsula, on the slopes facing the Golden Horn.

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10 Days in Istanbul with the Perfect 10 Day Itinerary

Is there enough time to visit Istanbul in 10 days? This will vary depending on the season of your visit and where you want to go. If you’ve come to Istanbul for the first time, some areas will fascinate you and you may want to revisit them. You can even arrange your visit to Istanbul to coincide with these events. The most important of these in 2020 is the UEFA Champions League final which will be played on 30th May 2020, at Istanbul’s’ Atatürk Olympic Stadium. You can arrange your Istanbul travel itinerary according to this date.

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7 Days in Istanbul with the Perfect 7 Day Itinerary

No matter how many or how few days you spend in Istanbul, there are some places that appear on everybody’s list of things to see and do. These places should be on your 7-day Istanbul itinerary. Most of the attractions are in Old Istanbul. For a 7-day itinerary, you should choose hotels within the tourist zone so it will be easy to get to them all.

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The Magical History and Legends of Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern

There is a very mysterious place in Sultanahmet, the heart of Istanbul: Basilica Cistern. The Cistern was also used as a venue in many movies and series. Did you watch Inferno, the movie starring Tom Hanks? It was shot in 2016, adopted by Dan Brown's book. One of the main venues of that movie was Basilica. Basilica Cistern İstanbul or Basilica Palace is one of the most important structures in the history of Istanbul. The features of the columns inside, and the Medusa head, which is especially inverted, attract a lot of attention. There was a basilica where this cistern was built.

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The 10 Best Istanbul Landmarks

Istanbul is a rich city in history and culture. Great empires rose and fell here, leaving behind many historical treasures in Istanbul, each representing a different culture. UNESCO recognized most of these landmarks as World Heritage Sites. Hagia Sophia, formerly known as the Byzantine church, was built between 532 – 537. Its large dome structure gives it an attractive and imposing appearance from the outside. The interior architecture provides a unique and exciting visual feast at certain hours of the day due to the sunlight's angles.

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5 Istanbul Mosques You Should Know About

While the architectural jewel of the world, Hagia Sophia, converted into a mosque once again, we gathered around the five most beautiful mosques Istanbul has to offer to the world. The great city of Istanbul. Because of its geographical position, it was an economical hub. And this provided many people with trade opportunities. With increased population and the beauty of the land made this city capital for art and religion in the Ottoman Empire, the same with Byzantium. Even before that it housed many spiritual buildings and rituals for every faithful soul. Even today it households many temples, synagogues and mosques. And in this writing, we will focus on some of the significant mosques. Sultans of the Ottoman Empire almost always constructed something great or improved the existing ones. And mosques hold the biggest share in these buildings. Many sultans ordered the construction of a mosque with special traits to leave a mark in this great city. And almost every architect worked in these projects was phenomenal. With these combined, with a long tradition of building marvels even predates the Ottoman Empire filled this city with wonders. Even the Hagia Sophia, built in the Byzantium times, preserved and converted in the Ottoman reign. We will list some of these important mosques like Blue Mosque or Suleymaniye Mosque in this post with some of the history they have.

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