Istanbul Travel – before Between Mosques and Bazaars

Before Istanbul. I’ve long considering how I should call the article. For me, this is the only perfect description for a city that is at the same time so gigantic and contemplative, as I had never experienced it.

Istanbul is diverse culturally as unique, hospitable and heart warming. Decorated with colorful spice mountains and impressive mosques, whether a believer or not, pulling every visitor with its beautiful architecture and design captivated and an wonder on the face again adopt a breathtaking panorama of a city of over 15 million people, fragrant bazaars.

The greatest poets and poets of the world fell in this town centuries ago, their Zauber has not subsided to this day.

It takes infinitely many words to describe this city. I want to let the images speak. These are expressions, what makes the Turkish metropolis, and why an Istanbul trip at each top on the bucket list should stand.

Come with me in the town between Europe and Asia and let you kiss of the Sun.
Hoş geldiniz before Istanbul.

Silhouette

The silhouette of Istanbul is dominated by the over 2000 mosques of the city. The prayer houses of the Ottoman sultans, who sit their own monument with these buildings were enthroned on the hills.

There are also districts, for example, Levent characterized by modern architecture. Really fascinating, a city can be as full of contrasts.

 Islam

Islam is omnipresent in Istanbul. The city is cosmopolitan and culturally so diverse that one does not need fear as visitors to be negative. Mutual respect is important. As a woman, the headscarf in the mosque is essential. Also pulling out of the shoes there of course. And then you can dive alone in another world.

The Moezzine over the rooftops to the prayer call a world in which five times in the day. A first strange sound, which at the same time sensual and inspiring.

Themselves to prayer, welcoming the visitors is received. At first free sweets are distributed, and even to strangers like us. Only one thing is important: the visitor should always behind the believers reside, not to disturb them in their prayers.

The Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is the last great monument of late Antiquity. Built in the 6th century as the principal Church of the Byzantine Empire, she redesigned 1453 with the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans as a mosque. She served as the architectural model for major Sultan mosques.

Not only the Exchange rich history of this building is incredibly impressive. The unique architecture and decoration with icon-based, Golden mosaics are unmatched. Visit this magnificent work is at the same time the visit of the ancient past of Istanbul and a must for every Turkey travel.

Mosques

To be the first time in a mosque, it is really fascinating. The Ottoman buildings are in their architecture is unique. There is not a uniform style of architecture in the Ottoman Empire.

The smaller mosques are usually quite simple, with a minaret, a narrow courtyard and the tomb of the founder. However, the mosques of the sultans in giant size over the roofs of the city throne, marked by many large and small domes and several minarets. Architectural complex of gardens, charity institutions, courts and central fountain (Sardivan) for the ritual prayer are thorough.

Colorful Rome of the domes have impressed me personally the most.

Calligraphy

‘Beautiful calligraphy is read to breathe like the aroma of a beautiful Tulip’, the Ottoman scholar once wrote Mustafa Izzet Esmendi.

Because of the ban on pictorial representations, the calligraphy in Islam evolved into an art form. The content beauty of the words of God and the prophets should be represented in an appropriately beautiful shape.

Even if we can’t read this beautiful font, so I’m incredibly impressed by this skill.

Candy

The masses of sweets that us sparkled from the market stalls and shop windows of have slain almost US travel with our Istanbul. One has the feeling that the Turk would have to feed all day only Baklava and candied fruit.

A Turkish proverb says ‘Sweet let us eat, sweet let’s talk.’

On polished silver trays and in glass showcases the world’s popular Turkish Delightpile up, called in the local language Naresh .

The Turkish honeyis a more special delicacy. Whole honeycombs can buy in supermarkets. Super Sweet and super tasty.

Culture

Our personal experience that the Turks are a very just little people. As in many other southern countries, life largely on the street takes place. Specially in the evening is busy in the city streets.

What immediately struck me was that relatively few women are on the way. One of the not so beautiful aspects of the Islamic religion.

The Turkish flags are present everywhere. Especially in the Sıraselviler Caddesi, on the way to Taksim Square. There is a memorial to Mustafa Kemal of Atatürk. It reminds of the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey in 1923.

Bazaars

Even if the large bazaars, such as the Egyptian Bazaar Işletmeleri Terminal and the Big Bazaar very adapted to tourism, they are certainly a visit value.

Since most of the attractions 17:00 close the doors, we have been in the evening on the markets amble and have let a trickle many colorful impressions on us.

Istanbul by boat

A two-hour boat ride across the Bosporus, on the Asian side of Istanbul along and past the magnificent Sultan mosques and palaces is a must for every visit.

A time to relax, Marvel and enjoy.

Insider tips for the Istanbul travel

Istanbul asks again beautiful, hidden prospects. Who keeps the eyes open, finds the sweet, hidden terraces. Gülhane Park, at the end of the Topkapi Palace, we have fallen in love in the small scenic cafés. With an jug Ҫay you enjoy the sunset, what you want.

The tallest building in Turkey is located in the business district of the city, the 4 Levent. Not mentioned in our guide, we enter stumbled by chance, since our hotel was just around the corner.

Height of 261 metres is the view from the Sapphire Tower simply incomparable. Endless amazement and goosebumps are guaranteed. A place that you won’t want to leave.

Thank you, you have accompanied me on this wonderful journey through the metropolis on the Bosporus. It was a glimpse into a culture, the I up to date did not know and, admitted, had completely different imagined.

It must be not always London, Paris or Rome. This city has so enchanted me like no other before, and I can often enough check these pics out. I hope, I could send you a little of my fascination.

After this Istanbul, travel has become my before this fascinating city. A place of reflection, fascination and inspiration.

To conclude, I want to come yet the love Goethe to Word. His thoughts speak for themselves.

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