Istanbuls Top Tourist Sites

Travel-and-Leisure Visiting Istanbul, a city with a rich past spanning over a thousand years and numerous empires, can be slightly overwhelming. In order to grasp an understanding of the citys varied past, determining which sites should be classified as must-sees can be difficult. Luckily, the citys most extraordinary sites are located within a short distance of the best Istanbul hotels. Istanbuls Top Tourist Sites Aya Sofia (Hagia Sophia)Erected during the reign of Emperor Justinian (532-537 A.D), this striking monument was built when the Byzantine Empire was at the peak of its power. The Byzantine mosaics that are still intact date from the 6th-10th centuries. After the conquest of Constantinople it was converted into a mosque and today the church is a museum. Topkapi PalaceConstruction of this palace began shortly after Mehmet IIs conquest of Constantinople, and the original buildings were .pleted in 1465. The palace, which is within walking distance of many of the best Istanbul hotels, served as the seat of governance and the sultans private living quarters. In 1924, it was reopened as a museum and it now displays Mehmet IIs unparalleled collections of jewels, religious relics, imperial costumes, and ceramics. Grand BazaarBuilt by Mehmet II after his conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the Grand Bazaar is filled with shops, restaurants, banks, a post office, a mosque, and it even has its own police station. Simply ask the front desk staff at any one of the best Istanbul hotels and they will tell you the best things to see, do, and buy here. However, they should also inform you that at the Grand Bazaar, bargaining is de rigueur. Chora Church (Kariye Camii)This magnificent church was built during the 11th century and is covered with some of the worlds finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. The mosaics depict the genealogy of Christ, the life of the Virgin Mary, the Infancy of Christ and his ministry. Basilica CisternOne of the citys most unexpectedly romantic attractions. Built in the sixth century and then forgotten for thousands of years, the Basilica Cistern offers an insight into the .plicated system that was formerly used to bring drinking water into Istanbul from Thrace. Today, lights and music fill the cistern and fish swim around the bases of the 336 columns that support the ceiling. Be sure to check out the upside-down head of Medusa that forms at the bottom of one of the columns which exemplifies how the Byzantine builders saw Roman relics as little more than reusable rubble. Istanbul is a city filled with breathtaking sites and monuments that all work together to paint a picture of the countrys history. If you are having difficulty determining which places you will find most intriguing, simply consult your concierge. The staff at all of the best Istanbul hotels are very well informed about their city and can be an excellent source to utilise. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: