Everything about Istanbul
Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and its cultural and economic center, with its magnificent mosques, luxurious hotels and numerous historical and spectacular attractions. It is important to know that Istanbul has been the heart and soul of Turkey for many years, and although Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey, it is still the most important business hub and most popular city in Turkey.
Geography and population of Istanbul
Istanbul is next to the Bosphorus Strait and the Marmara Sea. The Bosphorus Strait separates the two continents of Asia and Europe, making Istanbul the only major city on the two continents. The metropolis was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in year 2010. It is also the world’s third largest tourist city in terms of foreign tourists.
The vast majority of people are all over Turkey and in Istanbul, Muslims, and especially Sunnis. The population of the city was 15029231 according to year 2018 statistics.
Istanbul is located in different climates due to its location and has several climates. Mediterranean climate, humid tropical climate and oceanic climate are found in different parts of the city.
July is the hottest month of the year and the average temperature reaches 24 ° C. February is the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 6 degrees. Istanbul and European Turkey have hot summers and cold winters with snowfall.
Spring and fall, from April to May and from September to mid-November, is the best time to travel to Istanbul when the air temperature and sky are clear.
The historic city of Istanbul is home to magnificent mosques that showcase the structure, beliefs and architecture of the various historical eras that ruled the city.
Almost all the royal mosques of Istanbul built by the Ottomans during the Ottoman rule share a common architecture and include a dome, an altar, a minaret and a courtyard. The Mosque of Sulaymaniyah, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed, known as the Blue Mosque, the new mosque of 400 years, the Bayezid Mosque, the Fateh Mosque and the Yusufiyah Mosque are examples of these mosques.
Istanbul Attractions include:
Museum of Easofiye, Sultan Ahmed Museum, Tower of Daughters, Miniature, Bosphorus Strait, Galata Tower, Bayer Bay Palace, Cherangan Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Chamlija Hills (Istanbul Roof), Bayok Island Or Princesses), Museum of Islamic Art in Turkey, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapali Charli), Misir Charshisi (Spice Market), Mosaic Museum in the Back Market of Ayasofya, Carpet Museum in the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
Certainly one of the most important and magnificent historical buildings in Istanbul, Aya Sofia, built in the 6th century by the Roman Empire. The building was a mosque during the period of the Eastern Roman Empire and during the Ottoman rule. It is currently used as a museum.
Topkapi Palace is the largest and first Ottoman palace built in the 15th century. The palace is strategically positioned to surround the Golden Horn, to the north, the Marmara Sea to the south, and the Bosphorus Bridge to the northeast.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
One of the most magnificent and picturesque monuments in Turkey is the Blue Mosque. Built by King Ahmed I, the mosque is known as Sultan Ahmed, but is known as the Blue Mosque because of its attractive blue tiles inside its building.
The Dolmabahce Palace was built in the middle of the 19th century, right near the Bosphorus, and was then able to fill the Topkapı Palace. The Neobarok-style cave Dolmabahce Palace was built in the 19th century by the chief architect of the Ottoman court.
The girl’s tower
The girl’s tower on a small island that has remained since the Roman Empire was responsible for guiding ships. Legend has it that Linder would swim every night to the light that his mistress, Hiro, kept at night to guide him. For this reason, the tower was previously called the Linder Tower.
Don’t miss out on the delicious dishes of this city and try dishes such as Kuyu Kebabı, Alexander Kebab, Adana Kebab, Mantı or Turkish Ravioli, Dumplings, Baklava, Bean Meal.
One of the most delicious Turkish dishes is meatballs. Dumplings are made in two models, one with grilled meat and the other with rice and minced meat cooked in water. Both types of dumplings are very tasty and popular.
Alexander the Barbecue ( Iskender kebab )
Alexander Kebab is actually made from doner kebabs with tomato sauce along with yogurt.
The same is the Turkish barbecue that is one of the cheapest and most popular meals in Istanbul. Shawarma is served in poultry, meat and poultry and meat models. You can also try it in Turkish bread or sandwich bread, which I would suggest to doner kebab in Turkish bread.
Peas and rice
Food that is very common among Turks. Its rice is flavored with chicken water. If you don’t like empty rice and peas you can order it with chicken.
Istanbul has a wide variety of foods, including Camper (Belly Potato), Oyster, Bork, Fish Sandwich, Fish Types, Cabbage, etc.
shopping in Istanbul
For shopping in Istan bul you can go to: Istanbul Mal (one of the largest shopping malls in Turkey and home to top Turkish and world brands), Istinye Park with three hundred stores, Zorlu Center, Istan bul Canyon, Palladium Shopping Center, Akmercı, Mal Tower Tower. , Istan bul Forum, Istanbul Jewelers, Sap Pierre.
Mal of Istanbul
Mal of Istan bul is one of the best, most famous and largest shopping malls in Istan bul. With its chic look and its various global brands, this collection gives the tourists a reason and motivation to spend hours in this luxurious and modern environment. Spread over 350,000 square meters, this large complex comprises 350 large and small shops. Some of the famous brands in this shopping center are Victoria Secret, Miss Selfridge, LC Waikiki, Decathlon and more.
Austin Park Shopping Center
Eastin Park, with an area of over 242000 square meters, opened in Year 2007 and is one of Istanbul’s most unique shopping malls. With Turkish architecture and glass ceilings, this shopping mall will feature in addition to 300 shops, a children’s entertainment center with a total area of about 1500 square meters and 12 professional cinemas alongside the AIMS 3D cinema.