today we will show you the top places to visit in the Historical Peninsula in Istanbul Turkey.
Are you ready to discover them with me? So come on.Let’s go! Once a church during the Byzantine Empire, then a mosque in the Ottoman Empire and now a museum. The Hagia Sophia as we see it nowadays was built between the years 532 and 537, under the direction of Emperor Justinian I. In winter season it’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and in summer from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ticket costs 60 liras and it’s open every day The Sultan Ahmet Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616.
This mosque is also known as the Blue Mosque because its interior has more than 20,000 Iznik tiles which are turquoise. Avoid visiting a mosque at pray time especially on Friday or within a half hour after the ezan is chanted from the Mosque minarets. The entrance is totally free and it opens every day. This large underground cistern was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I between 527-565.
It is known as Basilica Cistern since there is a Basilica in the place where the cistern is located. It opens everyday between 9 AM – 6:30 PM the ticket costs 20 liras Nowadays is known as the Sultanahmet square. Here we can see some of the oldest monuments of Istanbul. The Egyptian Obelisek, Serpent Column and Constantine Column. As well, we can see the German Fountain which was a gift from the Kaiser to Sultan Abdulhamid II during his visit in 1901 This is a public square so is free to walk and see.
The Topkapı Palace was built between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II the conqueror of Constantinople. In winter season it is open from 9:00 AM to 5 PM and in summer from 9:00 AM – 7 PM. The Entrance fee to the Palace is 60 liras and to the Harem 35 liras They Close on Tuesdays. This museum was Founded in 1891 and consists of three museums :
The Archaeology Museum, Old Eastern Works Museum and Enameled Kiosk Museum. Treasures from the Assyrian, Hittite, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations are shown here.In winter season it is open from 9:00 AM to 5 PM and in summer from 9:00 AM – 7 PM The Entrance fee is 30 TL and it closes on Mondays The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the World its foundation was laid in 1461 and covers 60 narrow streets and more Than 4000 shops. In this place you will put into practice your best bargain techniques! It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM and it is completely free to work inside This mosque was built between 1550 and 1557.
It is surrounded by the Golden Horn and located in one of Istanbul’s seven hills This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. Just as the Blue Mosque and any other one it closes for 90 minutes at each pray time Avoid visiting a mosque at pray time especially on friday. There is no fee to enter and it opens everyday. The Spice Bazaar was built in 1664 and is the best place to have a unique experience full of flavours and scents Here exotic spices, teas and Turkish delights can be found. It opens everyday from 8 AM to 7 PM and as the Grand Bazaar is free to walk inside.
Eminönü is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Istanbul and is located in the center of the Old City area Here different type of shops, sea food restaurants, the Bosphorus tours and ferries going to the Asian side of Istanbul and the Princes Islands can be found. Its A bustling place which will give us an incredible experience.