Top Things to Do in Kadikoy – Istanbul Asian Side

Strolling and Shopping in Kadikoy

Top Things to Do in Kadikoy – Shopping, Eating and Nightlife

Istanbul is a large city, and there’s plenty to see. You might not be able to experience everything in one visit, but choosing the right area to go to can help to make your trip as memorable as possible.

Kadikoy has to be the best area to visit in the Asian side of Istanbul, offering a neighborhood where a lot is happening but there are fewer tourists to contend with. It really is the place to go if you’re looking for somewhere in Istanbul to live like a local, and it’s super easy to get to as well. Read More

Hagia Sophia Museum Entrance Fee, Hours, Tickets

Hagia Sophia Entrance Fee 2019

Hagia Sophia Museum Entrance Fee, Opening Hours, Skip the Line Tickets

Hagia Sophia have been in the heart of Istanbul Old City for 1500 years. This marvel of ancient architecture, considered as one of the most important historical sight in the world. The Hagia Sophia (meaning Holy Wisdom) had been the primary temple in the Byzantine’s Constantinople (as a Church), Ottoman’s Istanbul (as a Mosque) for hundreds of years. Nowadays it’s a museum that represents both religions. Read More

Dolmabahce Palace Entrance Fee, Hours, Tickets 2019

Visiting Dolmabahce Palace 2019

Dolmabahce Palace Entrance Fee, Opening Hours, Fast Track Tickets

Dolmabahçe Palace is located at one of the most beautiful spot of Istanbul’s Bosphorus. The Palace’s location is designed to enjoy the splendid view of Istanbul‘s lovely Bosphorus shores. Dolmabahce Palace is considered as one of the most elegant structure of Ottoman Empire‘s last century. The architecture of the building blends the Turkish architecture with European Neo-Classic and Baroque features. Read More

Best Area to Stay in Istanbul – Taksim or Old City?

Where to Stay in Istanbul?

Best Area to Stay in Istanbul for Tourists – Sultanahmet (Old City) or Taksim?

Istanbul is a large city with full of great hotels. Therefore it’s hard to decide where to stay. There are two major areas to stay in Istanbul in terms of being close to the main places of interest.

Those districts are Sultanahmet (Old City) and Taksim (Beyoglu). There is a third choice to be near to Istanbul’s nightlife: Bosphorus. Here is the insider’s tips about Best Area to Stay in Istanbul. Read More

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats

Turyol Bosphorus Tour Boats Timetable and Cost 2019

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats

Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Turyol Boats, Timetable, Cost, Schedule

There are basically two options when you want to catch one of the Bosphorus tours: Sehir Hatlari Ferry or Turyol Tour Boats. Both of them located in Eminonu Neighborhood where the Spice Bazaar is also located.

First Option

Sehir Hatlari “Şehir Hatları” Ferries

Sehir Hatlari is the official government company with larger boats but less often. The journey of Sehir Hatlari starts in 10:30 in the morning and lasts until 16:30 with 3 hours break (by the Black Sea Village) included. Read More

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul

Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul – St. George’s Cathedral

History of Eastern Orthodoxy in Constantinople

The Apostles of Jesus Christ continued spreading the teachings of Christianity after his death and they aimed to spread it also on the Mediterranean coast that was the center of the world in the Ancient Age.

St. Peter and St. Paul traveled as far as to Rome, which was the most important city in the Ancient Age. Furthermore, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus and Byzantium were also among the important centers of Christianity.

Christians who lived under the Roman Empire were persecuted for 300 years due to their beliefs. Therefore, they built churches and monasteries inside deep valleys or on steep rocks as we see in the examples at Cappadocia and they continued following their religion despite tough measures and pressure from the Roman Empire. Read More

Istanbul Metro Map & Public Transportation Lines 2019

Metro Map Of Istanbul 2019

Istanbul Metro Map, Getting Around Istanbul By Public Transportation

Istanbul metro system growing quickly for the last couple of years. Several lines have come into use and many of them on the way too. Therefore the Istanbul metro map should be updated frequently.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality released the latest maps of Istanbul metro lines. These updated maps are attached to this blog post. Read More

History Of Istanbul, Byzantium, Constantinople Facts

The Tale Of Three Cities: History of Istanbul

A Short History of Istanbul, Byzantium, Constantinople

The city of Istanbul has had three different names throughout history. In the past, it was known as Byzantium as a Greek colony and Constantinople as a Roman city.

Since the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the city has been called Istanbul. Ottomans continued using “Konstantiniyye“, Turkish version for Constantinople, for years. Read More

Byzantine Empire History, Culture, Art, Religion, Facts

Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Constantinople

Byzantine Empire History, Culture, Art, Religion, Facts

Why Constantine Chose Byzantium As The New Capital?

The city of Rome, lost its popularity by the beginning of 4th Century due to Barbarian attacks. Emperor Constantine decided to move the capital of Roman Empire to the East. He had surprisingly chosen a small Greek city-state: Byzantium. Following this move, the city is named as Constantinople and became the prominent city of Medieval Ages.

Why Was Constantinople Created To Be New Capital of Roman Empire?

Emperor Constantine‘s decision was based on economic and political reasons. Istanbul‘s geographical position had made it almost impossible for Barbarians to attack. It was very near to trade routes and the rich Eastern Provinces. Therefore it was providing considerable benefits. Read More

Topkapi Palace Entrance Fee, Hours, Tickets 2019

Visiting Topkapı Palace 2019

Topkapı Palace Entrance Fee, Opening Hours, Fast Track Tickets

First of all, Topkapi Palace is very important due to its location. Because Topkapi Palace area is considered as the first settlement in Istanbul. Officially Istanbul is established by a legenrady man called Byzas. The Ancient Greek Acropolis had been placed at this promontory. Read More