Istanbul is one of the oldest cities which even today conjures up all sort of exotic images and colors; the place is full of color, intrigue, charm and history. The city was first built in 660 BC, the current culture is an amalgamation and reflection of various civilizations that ruled the city. From huge bazaars, palaces to basilicas the city has numerous tourist spots. If you happen to visit this city then it is important to visit the following places.
The Grand Bazaar
It is an understatement to say that you will never get the kind of shopping experience anywhere else in the world like what you get in The Grand Bazaar. No matter which country or market you have been to in the past, this is in a league of its own. This bazaar comprises of thousands of shops selling a huge variety of merchandise. You will be able to find all things under the sun in one place. This market has a history of over 550 years. Every day around 500,000 shoppers visit this market.
Hagia Sophia is one of the largest basilicas in the world. It was constructed as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, however it changed hands several time. It was built in the year 537 AD and for long it was an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, however it is now a museum (since 1935). The construction started in the year 532, it took 5 years for completion and it was altered several times until 1935. It is still a stunning sight, and one should not miss it.
This palace is also a museum today, it was built in the 15th century and has been occupied by several rulers. The museum here exhibits various courtyards and other exhibits. There are exhibits of arms, artifacts and porcelain collections.
It doesn’t matter why you are travelling to Istanbul, just make sure to visit all these great attractions while you are there. Another important thing is to stay in one of the best hotels in Istanbul. There are numerous hotels and resorts in Istanbul and choosing the right one will make your trip even more memorable. One of the top hotels of Istanbul is the sultanahmet hotel. This Hotel is located in the heart of the city; situated right next to the city walls of Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. It is just 150 meters away from the entrance gate of the palace and Hagia Sophia.