Places to See in Istanbul

Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)


At the point when the Christian Emperor Justinian introduced Hagia Sophia, importance Church of Divine Wisdom, in the year AD 537, it was the greatest building on the planet and remained the most noteworthy accomplishment of the Byzantine Empire for over a thousand years. In the fifteenth century, Mehmet the Conqueror changed over it from a Christian church to a mosque, including the minarets, tombs and wellsprings. Turkey turned into a common republic in 1923 and Hagia Sophia was created as an exhibition hall after 12 years, with a hefty portion of its Byzantine mosaics uncovered from underneath layers of Ottoman mortar.

The guests admire the tremendous 56m (183ft) high arch. Different highlights incorporate Byzantine mosaics and gigantic Ottoman round shields containing calligraphy of Koranic verses.

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 09:00-17:00 (winter); Tues-Sun 09:00-19:00.


Kapali Çarşi (Grand Bazaar)


The renowned and unlimited bazaar is the best known of Istanbul’s bazaars. It was instated soon after the 1493 Conquest and contained the slave market, and the hans, or caravanserais of old, where Silk Road brokers could rest themselves and their camels, and also offer their merchandise. The luxurious roofs and maze like format still behold once more to the past. The inconceivable number of stalls (more than 4,000 of them, in more than 60 avenues) offers traditional crafts to the visitors. The complex likewise contains two mosques, money exchange offices, a police headquarters, bistros and a information desk.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 09:00-19:00


Misir Çarşisi (Egyptian or Spice Market)


This L-formed bazaar, confronting the Golden Horn, was inherent the seventeenth century as an expansion to Yeni Cami (New Mosque), and financed by the cash paid as obligation on Egyptian merchandise. Originally famous around the world for its fascinating flavors and oils from the Orient, nowadays it additionally offers dried products of the soil, caviar and Turkish delight, and a plenty of souvenirs with lower price than the ones sold in Grand Bazaar. Its neighboring streets are the heart of the commercial life with nearby craftspeople, dealers and extraordinary varieties of cheeses and olives.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 08:00-19:00