Idea #163 – Visiting the historical Istanbul
Istanbul remains a city particularly dense, very vast, formed by small alleys which wind on several hills, around Bosphorus. All the styles of construction are mixed and they will need for you the eye of the archaeologist to separate the wheat from the chaff. Among the inescapable, visit the hill of Galata and its medieval tower, the holy church Sophie and its inside built in 537, the blue mosque built in 1609, the archaeological museum and its collection of sarcophaguses, the Ottoman palace of Topkapi with its harem and its treasure, the big general bazar, the citern of the basilica, the place of the racecourse, and of course the old ramparts of Constantinople and the citadel of Yedikule, of the XVth century. To finish, a boat ride on Bosphorus will allow you to discover the various palatiales houses of XIXth and XXth centuries, built on the banks of the river. And a small Turkish delight for the road!
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