The Off The Beaten Path Guide To Istanbul! 🕌
Start your tour with Basilica Cistern;the largest of the ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul.
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It was built in the 6th century & today, it contains little water & trendy cafes serving apple tea!
Climb a steep hill in 90 seconds on the second-oldest urban subway in the world called Tünel.
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It is the second-oldest existing underground train in the world after the London Underground.
Skip Grand Bazaar & visit the Old Spice Bazaar instead. The unique fragrances will soothe your soul!
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And pick up some fresh baklava and Turkish Delight as souvenirs for everyone back home.
Visit a Turkish Hammam;tradition alive for thousands of years.Çemberlitai Hamami is a lovely choice.
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Istanbul is also home to a lovely model village called Miniaturk;AKA A Small Model of a Big Country.
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It has 135 models in total.62 from Istanbul,60 from Anatolia & 13 from the external Ottoman Empire.
Dine in at Asitane Restaurant:dishes are made from the Ottoman Empire so you can dine like a sultan.
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Researchers collaborate with the restaurant’s chefs to craft recipes tied to dates from the 1500s.
And if you’re really seeking complete uniqueness, here’s a slice of Venice in Istanbul for you! 😍
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Yep; Venezia Mega Outlet in Istanbul pays homage to the lovely Italian city, complete with gondolas.
No visit to Turkey is complete without being in complete awe of its magnificent mosques.
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Dating back to 1558, Sülemaniye Mosque is one of the largest in the city, situated on the 3rd hill.
Make a detour to Balat; the colourful quarter steeped in Istanbul’s rich Jewish history and museums.
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Hop onto a ferry to Princes’ Islands:a chain of nine islands off the coast of the city for serenity.
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There are no cars allowed, & visitors can explore its history on foot, a cycle or a horse carriage!
End your visit with a meal at Galata House Restaurant:an old British jail serving home cooked meals.
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Greeted by owners Mete and Nadire Göktug, you’ll be proudly regaled with stories of the old jail.
Today, this spot serves Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian specialties with a side of Turkish history.