If you have two or three days in Istanbul, use this itinerary to discover off-the-beaten path things to do—many near top attractions. Here’s what you need to know.
Once the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is replete with history and culture that you can explore in its many museums, mosques and palaces.
Walking through the arrival doors of the vast and sparkling new Istanbul (IST) airport, Melanie Haiken was greeted by a colorful backlit photograph of Istanbul’s Bosphorus river with the slogan: “A glittering meeting of two continents.” Having read about Istanbul’s importance in world history as the intersection of Europe and Asia, Melanie was well ready to …
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Turkey’s High Court has ruled that the former Greek Orthodox church of Hagia Sophia in the heart of Istanbul cannot be used as a mosque.
There are many ancient Greek and Byzantine archaeological and historical sites in Turkey, attracting hundreds of thousands, even millions of visitors every year…
When we think of cultural heritage in cities, we tend to imagine monuments made of stone: Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, or Topkapı Palace. But some of Istanbul’s most ancient sites are not buildings at all. Dating back almost 1,500 years, the urban gardens known in Turkish as bostan are an example of living, growing history. And what could be better than history you can eat?
Turkey has survived the rise and fall of some of civilisation’s greatest empires, and it will also survive the contemporary threats of terrorism and political upheaval. With its many mystical wonders, architectural marvels and unique blend of East-meets-West culture, it’s no wonder why this storied destination has Rosa Ocampo enchanted.
When Mart Evers Travel and Tours invited me to join a group tour to Turkey in October 2017, I was not daunted by the political and terrorism concerns in the destination, and neither were the rest of the 37-member group. After all, we Filipinos grapple with our fair share of image issues when it comes to our country.
And so our motley crew of well-travelled bankers, lawyers, businessmen, architects, professors and managers – from the 20-something to the sprightly lady of 80 – embarked on a week-long discovery of Turkey.
Istanbul’s former seat for Ottoman sultans Topkapı Palace has been saved from getting zoned for construction. The decision, made by the Cultural Heritage Conservation High Council, allows the palace to keep its “first-degree” archeological site status following an ongoing debate.
The council, which met in Ankara on March 7, ruled that the outcome of the Sept. 15 debate was “inappropriate,” overturning a decision to downgrade the conservation status of “Hasbahçe,” the palace’s garden, which has been listed as a “first-degree” conservation area for the past 22 years.
On Aug. 12, 2017, the Fatih Municipality applied to the Istanbul’s Fourth Cultural Heritage Conservation District Board in order to downgrade the protection status of the “Hasbahçe.”
The reasoning was that the garden area needed to be downgraded in status so that a wrecked mansion and palaces in the area could be restored or rebuilt depending on their conditions.
UNESCO World Heritage site the Selimiye Mosque, which was built by famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan in 1575 and regarded as the peak of Turkish-Islamic architecture, will go through extensive restoration this year.
The last restoration works in the mosque, which is located in Turkey’s northwestern province of Edirne, were carried out 36 years ago, Edirne’s Governor Günay Özdemir said Friday.
The mosque will not be closed to visitors during the process, the governor said adding that the mosque’s restoration project was approved by the Edirne Regional Conservation Council.
Nearly 3 million people come to visit the historical mosque every year, Özdemir noted.
It took six years to construct the Selimiye Mosque, which was designed by ‘Sinan the Architect’. He called this work of art, which he built for the 11th Ottoman Sultan Selim II, “My masterpiece.”
It is unsurpassed in terms of architectural and aesthetic value and was built at a time when Turkish-Islamic civilization had reached its peak in the Ottoman Empire. The historic mosque is admired by visitors and art historians all around the world and has tremendous significance.
Rainbow-colored architecture for your bucket list
If the gray of winter has you feeling a little gloomy, we’ve got a solution: Let your imagination stray to the vibrant locales of far-off places. Nothing stokes wanderlust quite like a colorful photo, and some of the world’s most beautiful cities are awash in turquoise, lavender, golden yellows, and more.
Whether it’s a street with every color of the rainbow or an entire town decked out in monochromatic blues or pinks, the colors of a place can leave a lasting imprint on our travel memories. It also makes trip photographs—here’s looking at you, Instagram—the envy of all your friends.
We’ve rounded up the 23 most colorful cities and streets outside the United States with a special emphasis on unique spots you might not already know. Sure, we’ve included a few standard entries (Saint Basil’s Cathedral, for one), but there are plenty of sherbet-colored cities on this list that will hopefully inspire you and leave you hungry for more. Travel never looked so good.