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“Galata Tower, which is one of the first buildings that come to mind when it comes to Istanbul, is considered one of the oldest towers in the world. The structure, which has been observing the city for hundreds of years with its imposing structure and telling various stories about it, gives its guests the privilege to learn about”
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History Museum
“Visiting a museum with catholic and islamic features all together is something singular. You will not be able to see it anywhere else. Try one of the walking tours since you will enjoy better knowing what you see. Unless you are a museum fanatic a couple of hours are more than enough.”
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Mosque
“OTHER NAME İS (SULTAN AHMET MOSQUE) ... The architect of the mosque is Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa, a student of Mimar Sinan. 237/5000 In 1603 Sultan Ahmed I ascended the throne of the Ottoman Empire. However, there is a really interesting information here because Sultan I.Ahmet ascended the throne as the 14th Ottoman sultan at the age of 14 and died after only 14 years.”
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History Museum
“This is a fascinating sight. Better to have purchase a Museum Pass (85TL) which covers 12 other museums. If you have visited two or three you've already got more than your money's worth. Entrance to any Museum is 40TL. Also saves time queuing . If you buy just entry ticket (40TL), you'll need additional ticket (25TL) to enter the Harem which is "a must see". You will need to spend at least half a day (3-4hr) following the guide plan obtained at the entrance. Starting from the weaponry on the palace grounds. Photography is not allowed inside premises. Opens 9:30am. Closes at 6pm.”
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Route
“Taksim, key interchange station for many buses also metro. From Taksim it's easy to get anywhere arround the city”
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Museum
“Modern Art Museum of Istanbul.Check their calendar and must visit for good arts”
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Sögufrægur staður
“Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is high on most tourists’ itineraries, and for a good reason. This enormous site is the largest covered market in the world. Since its size and the variety of goods available make it easy to lose one’s bearings, follow our advice on how not to lose it while getting lost in the narrow streets. A brief history of the Grand Bazaar One of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, the Grand Bazaar is 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and 4,000 shops. The original historical core of the bazaar, İç Bedesten, was completed by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461. A “bedesten” refers to an indoor arcade with shops and there are several areas within the bazaar referred to by this name. Over the years, the Grand Bazaar expanded from this core of two bedestens to become a sprawling roofed complex of thousands of shops, fringed by the tradesmen’s inns and workshops known as hans. According to the Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname, by the seventeenth century the Kapalı Çarşı (or the Çarşı-yı-Kebir as it was known at the time) had reached its present size, with over 4,000 shops and nearly 500 stalls known in Turkish as dolap (literally translated to “cupboard”). In addition, there were various other amenities for the merchants who worked there: restaurants, a hammam, and a mosque, as well as at least 10 smaller mescits, or prayer rooms. Today, this city-within-a-city contains a police station, a health dispensary, a post office, branches of most major banks, and a tourist information center.   ”
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Torg fyrir gangandi vegfarendur
“  Dolmabahçe Clock Museum In Dolmabahçe Palace Harem Garden, in the old Inner Treasury building, a museum where the watches belonging to National Palaces Watch Collection are exhibited, in 2004. These watches that were kept in close rooms and depots as they couldn’t get exhibited in the promenade passage, they have undergone a repair period of eight years. Dolmabahçe Watch Museum which is the first and unique watch museum of Turkey become a museum where you can marvel at the 18th and 19th century English automaton, the splendid mechanics made by French masters and also the extraordinary art works of Ottoman Mevlevi watch masters that found its peak in 19th century. In 2009 they decided to make the general maintenance of the watches and the museum, to get into a new show room and exhibition arrangement and to add certain watches to the museum and the museum was closed for one year. During this period the masters of the palace had gone through the watches, one by one, and the museum again opened to the visitors in 2010. In the museum 71 watches are exhibited, among them you can find works of art that have an important place in the world mechanic watch collection like, English reputed watch master George Prior’s musical automaton, French golden coating console watches, automaton and semi automaton musical watches, Ahmet Eflaki Dede’s last watch of number 9, Mevlevi masters Mehmet Şükrü and Mehmet Muhsin’s turbulon watches, the splendid astronomic watch of es-Seyyid Süleyman Leziz and the decimal watch of Osman Nuri. ”
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Skrifstofa
“Istiklal Street is one of the most famous avenues, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. It is an elegant pedestrian street that is 1.4 kilometers long. ”
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Sögufrægur staður
“Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. Stalls also sell caviar, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits. The number of stalls selling tourist trinkets increases annually, yet this remains a great place to stock up on edible souvenirs, share a few jokes with vendors and marvel at the well-preserved building. The market was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque, with rent from the shops supporting the upkeep of the mosque as well as its charitable activities, which included a school, hamam and hospital. The market's Turkish name, the Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Market), references the fact that the building was initially endowed with taxes levied on goods imported from Egypt. In its heyday, the bazaar was the last stop for the camel caravans that travelled the Silk Road from China, India and Persia. On the west side of the market there are outdoor produce stalls selling fresh foodstuff from all over Anatolia, including a wonderful selection of cheeses. Also here is the most famous coffee supplier in İstanbul, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, established over 100 years ago. This is located on the corner of Hasırcılar Caddesi, which is full of shops selling food and kitchenware.”
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Sögufrægur staður
“One of Istanbul's splendid historical buildings is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia. This large underground cistern built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527-565) was named as arasında Yerebatan Palace ere among the people due to the marble columns rising from the water and countless seemingly like. It is also known as Basilica Cistern since there is a Basilica in the place where the cistern is located.”
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Veitingahús
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“Kizkulesi is located off the coast of Salacak neighborhood in Üsküdar district, at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus. It literally means "Maiden's Tower" in Turkish. The name comes from a legend: the Byzantine emperor heard a prophecy telling him that his beloved daughter would die at the age of 18 by a snake. So he decided to put her in this tower built on a rock on the Bosphorus isolated from the land thus no snake could kill her. But she couldn't escape from her destiny after all, a snake hidden in a fruit basket brought from the city bit the princess and killed her. Another legend wrongly mentions Hero and Leander in the tower, therefore some people wrongly call it "Leander's Tower", a sad love story told by Ovidius: Hero was one of the priestess of Aphrodite living in the tower. One day she left the tower to attend a ceremony in the temple where she met Leandros and they fall in love with each other. Leandros swam to the tower every night to visit his love, meanwhile she was holding a torch to guide him in the dark waters towards her in the tower. But on a stormy night Leandros couldn't see the light because it was put out by the winds, and he swam all night loosing his way until he was drowned. Hero, seeing that her lover died, she also jumped into the water and suicided. Some people narrate this love story as it was happened on the Bosphorus, but in fact it's a legend from the Dardanelles, when Leandros was swimming to Hero between Abydos (today's Eceabat) and Sestus (today's Canakkale city). Kizkulesi on the BosphorusKizkulesi is dating back to the 5th century BC when it was built by the Athenian general Alcibiades on a rock at the entrance of the Bosphorus for the surveillance of the waterway. A chain was pulled from the land to the tower to make it a checkpoint and customs area for the ships going through. After several restorations in wood and stone, Emperor Alexius Comnenos built a strong defense tower in the 12th century AD calling it Arcla, meaning "Small Tower". The tower was used as a lighthouse and control tower also during the Ottoman period after the Conquest of Constantinople. Final restoration was done in 1998 and opened as a restaurant after spending around 3million US dollars. The tower was featured in one of the James Bond movies in 1999; "The world is not enough", where the terrorists placed a nuclear submarine underneath the tower to be exploded in the heart of the city and where "M" (Judi Dench) was imprisoned by an oil tycoon's daughter (Sophie Marceu) which Bond (Pierce Brosnan) had to kill her. ”
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Torg
“The most famous and longest historical shopping strip of Istanbul is just 3.5km away.”
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Verslunarmiðstöð
“The world's 8th biggest shopping mall is on Şişli-Mecidiyeköy metro station. You can find almost any popular brands of clothing, a huge foodcourt, technology store, bookstore, c,nema saloons, closed space amusement park and a big construction market. Generally really crowded, i suggest you to go there if you really need to buy some necessary stuff such as clothes. If you're not a 'mall person' nothing special to see here but good to know it's there :D”
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Næturklúbbur
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“It has a spectecular view of Istanbul. You should go on sunset hours and see the colours of the sky with Istanbul siluette.”
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Mosque
“Ortakoy Mosque, one of the most famous sights in the city. Only a 15-20 min. walk away, only 5 min. with a taxi or bus!”
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