Hagia Sophia

Istanbul is Exotic, Eclectic, Sophisticated

We arrived in Istanbul with no plans, except a desire to see Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, and of course, Istanbul itself. We were pleasantly amazed at how easy it is to travel around, how helpful are the Turks, and how inexpensive are hotels, restaurants, and just about everything else. In Istanbul we stayed in the delightful, 14-room Yesil Ev, a restored Ottoman home in the Sultanahmet district, just steps from the Blue Mosque, Ayasofya, and Topkapi Palace – the three absolute must sees for any visitor.

The city is exotic, eclectic, sophisticated, old-fashioned, colourful, sprawling, historical, and modern. It’s a gateway to two continents, linking Europe and Asia, and its event-filled history spans more than 26 centuries. Today it’s a showcase for the best of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman cultures.

Some of the finest Byzantine mosaics are in Ayasofya, Christendom’s largest church for 700 years before it was converted to a mosque in the 15th century. Built in the sixth century by Emperor Justinian, it awes today’s visitors as much as it did travellers 1,400 years ago, despite rampaging Crusaders having destroyed its furnishings and decoration in 1204. To fully appreciate Topkapi Palace takes the best part of a day, but if you have limited time, at least see the Treasury (with the fabled Topkapi emerald), and the Harem (available only on an hourly guided tour). This was home to the sultan’s wives, children, female servants, and the Black Eunuchs, who ran the place

Related Articles

Turkish Baklava Making Workshop

Turkish Baklava Making Workshop Istanbul

Turkish Baklava Making Lesson Istanbul. We teach our students from the beginning how to make the proper Turkish Baklava. Date: Available All Year Long Time: Time is flexible but suitable at 10:30 or late afternoons Duration : 3 – 4 Hours Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry featured in many cuisines of the former Ottoman […]
Read more
Calligraphy Classes

Calligraphy Classes

Ottoman – Arabic Eastern Calligraphy Classes continues Our guests from Lebanon in Ramadan 2016 / Istanbul. Calligraphy Lessons & Workshops In Istanbul – Ottoman Arabic and Latin Style Art of Ottoman Hand Writing & Latin Style Calligraphy Classes Turkish and Ottoman Style Calligraphy ( Hat ) Lessons in Istanbul. Ottoman – Turkish Calligraphy, also known […]
Read more
Prayer Beads, Tespih

Prayer Beads, Tespih

Not only in Islam, but in many other religions prayer beads have played an important role. In the past the loveliest tespih, as Muslim rosaries are called were made by Istanbul craftsmen and sold to buyers throughout the Islamic world.
Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Shopping Cart Items

Empty cart

No products in the cart.

Return to Shop
Search for:
X