I mentioned many times how I am in love with this beautiful city. It’s not easy for not falling in love with one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There is no place but Istanbul offering magnificent beautiful historical buildings, cultures and delicious foods. Its strategic location put it as the only city in the world located in two continents, namely Asia and Europe.
The city is modern enough, similar to cities in other European countries. With its small streets covered by paving block and gable stones and many tram rail decorating some main roads within the city. No matter where you go, you always could see minarets between skylines, which is usually used as mosque’s tower. However, there are many public buildings using the minarets as element of the buildings.
When you visit Istanbul, Sultanahmet is the best area to stay. Located in European side, there are many tourist attraction surrounding area, most of them in walking distance. You can visit some of them all at once, such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace and many more. Don’t worry when you get tired. There are many restaurants and cafe offering teas, coffees, and their special Turkish Delight.
I would like to share some photos I took in Istanbul couple of years ago. Most of them are located in Sultanahmet.
Blue Mosque, as the landmark of Istanbul. It’s one of masterpieces of Mimar Sinan, the famous Turkish architect. This mosque was built to fulfill wish of Sultan who wanted to compensate the beauty of Hagia Sophia built many years before.
Exactly located in front of this beautiful mosque, you can see the other beautiful building, Hagia Sophia. I had been known how popular this building since I attended class of Religious Architecture at University. This building purposed as a church under ascendancy of Constantin the Great. Once Istanbul took over by Ottoman Empire, Sultan changed its functioned to be a mosque. Nowadays, the Government of Turkey functions it as museum.
It’s not far from Blue Mosque, located at the northern end of old Hippodrom, a fountain with Gazebo style called German Fountain. The fountain was built to commemorate German Emperor when he visited Istanbul in 1898.
If you keep walking, you’ll find the exotic Bosphorus strait. In the morning is perfect time to wander around when you can see fishermen coming and going with beautiful sunrise and flying birds as its background.
At other part of Sultanahmet Area, you could find Galata Bridge. This bridge is always full of people, no matter when. Watching people fishing or just walking around and ending with a cup of coffee at restaurant below the bridge, could be a perfect way to end the day.