Planning to Visit Istanbul? Here’s Your Travel Guide

Turkey, Istanbul Guide (B): Planning to Visit Istanbul? Here’s Your Travel Guide

The capital of three of the world’s greatest empires, this city was first known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, and is now Istanbul. Built on seven hills and straddling the Bosphorus River, Istanbul is one of the only cities in the world that can claim two continents. Add the largest covered bazaar in the world and over 3,113 mosques, this place is one of the most interesting places we’ve seen. Let’s visit Istanbul!

As one of the world’s largest cities, Istanbul has many things to offer a new visitor. Allow plenty of time to take in this culturally rich and magnificent city. 

With over 3,000 mosques to visit it’s tough to decide where to start, but we can help! Remember, you are entering a place of sacred worship, so respect the dress code, take off your shoes, and be considerate when taking photos. Here are a few of our favorite mosques in Istanbul. 

Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, this jaw-dropping piece of historic architecture was built in 1616 under Ottoman rule. Complete with six minarets (religious towers) this mosque is as stunning outside as it is inside, with beautifully hand-painted blue tiles covering the walls.**Photo Opp: Visit during sunset and be wowed!**  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Planning to Visit Istanbul? Here’s Your Travel Guide
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Sultan Ahmed Mosque   Yeni Cami   Hagia Sophia   Suleymaniye Mosque   Galata Bridge   Galata Tower   Ortakoy Mosque   Fatih Sultan Mehment Bridge   Dolmabahce   Beylerbeyi Palace   Ayasofya Hotel Old City   Charm Hotel   Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel   Lazzoni Hotel  
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