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How to Travel in Istanbul by Ferry (Vapur)

Istanbul is a city that’s established on two continents separated by the sea forming a strait. The city is located between two seas, the Marmara Sea and the Blacksea, so it is only logical that it has many modes of transport. One of the modes of transport are the sea ferries through that carries people between the European and Anatolian sides of the city. Some of these ferries are most suited for carrying the working people of Istanbul from one side of the city to the other, they are also suitable for the braver tourists that do not fear to explore, used mostly by the locals that commute between home and their workplaces. There are also sightseeing ferries that tour the city from the sea offering unique sights and views which will astonish you.

The Ferry Lines

There are 18 “official” commuting ferry lines and 2 “official” ferry tours in Istanbul. The “official” means that they are run by the company that used to belong to the state and was privatized but they are still the “city” lines. The communing lines are:

  1. Kadikoy – Eminonu
  2. Kadikoy – Karakoy
  3. Uskudar – Eminonu
  4. Kadikoy – Besiktas
  5. Golden Horn
  6. Bostanci – Karakoy- Kabatas
  7. Kadikoy – Karakoy – Besiktas (Night lines)
  8. To Bosphorus – From Bosphorus
  9. Sariyer – Rumeli Kavagi – Anadolu Kavagi
  10. Kucuksu – Besiktas – Kabatas
  11. Cengelkoy – Istinye
  12. Kadikoy – Sariyer
  13. Anadolu Kavagi – Uskudar
  14. Uskudar – Ortakoy
  15. Rumeli Kavagi – Eminonu
  16. Kucuksu – Istinye
  17. Prince’s Islands
  18. Istinye – Cubuklu

The departures of the ferries are generally 20 to 40 minutes apart, but the timetables vary regarding the time of the day and the year. For example, in the commuting hours, some of the ferries of certain lines are 20 minutes apart but generally, you should not have to wait for more than 45 minutes. You can reach the timetables through the website below.

You can get further information about the timetables, the lines and the tariffs from the site of the city lines here: (All in English no worries).
The lines from 1 to 6 are considered inner Istanbul Ferry Lines. The lines from 7 to 16 are considered the Bosphorus lines. The 17th line is the one that commutes between the Prince’s Islands District of Istanbul (Located on islands) and the mainland. the 18th line is a car carrying ferry. There are also 2 touristic tours of the same company that were named pretty self-explanatory: The Long tour, and the Short Tour. The prices of the tour ferries vary from 7.5 Turkish liras to 20 Turkish liras depending on the distance. The price of the tour ferries’ can vary depending on the season that you visit Istanbul and depending on the content of the tour.

The History

Before going on to explain the touristic tours of Istanbul, some history of the ferries in Istanbul is due. The first steam-roller, which connected the two sides of Istanbul, started its travels in the Bosphorus in 1839, and a great controversy broke out in the city. Most of the protesters against the ferry were th boatmen and paddlemen, who feared to lose their jobs and they numbered around 19 thousand. It was not easy for Istanbulites to get used to these vehicles, which were covered with soot when they functioned. They had large bodies and were very noisy. Bosphorus ferries, which are accepted as the symbol of the city today, were not welcomed at first, just like the Eiffel Tower of Paris. However, since that first time 166 years ago, nearly 200 boats have served Istanbul locals.

The ferries meant to Istanbul what the underground metro means for London for a long time. Transportation was difficult with small boats since the city spread to the shores of the Historical Peninsula and Rumelia. But the ferries created a great convenience. Even the city was growing towards the districts that ferries reached and connected to the city center.

A company was established with the authority of the Sultan in 1851. A British and a Russian company saw profit in this situation and started a ferry trip to the Islands from Galata Bridge in 1846. At that time, there was no pier in Istanbul, the ferries approached the Galata Bridge to pick up passengers. Wherever there was a suitable place in the places where they made a trip, they would take the passengers wherever it was available. Sometimes they approached the garden of a mansion that was onlooking to the sea, sometimes they transferred the passenger to the boats waiting in the open sea. The most popular ferry waiting places were central coffee shops.

The Touristic Tours

Having been the capital of two mighty empires like Byzantine and Ottoman in the past, Istanbul is a city rich in places to visit and full of activities to do. The best and most enjoyable way to discover the history and nature of this megacity, where the continents of Asia and Europe are connected, is the Bosphorus tour. Moreover, while touring the strait by boat, you can be free the stress of finding your direction in the traffic of the city with nearly 15 million inhabitants and focus only on the beauties of Istanbul.

Istanbul is a city that offers many unique beauties in the Golden Horn and Bosphorus line for those who want to watch and enjoy the view from the sea. Rumeli Castle, Anadolu Castle, Dolmabahce Palace, the mansions on the Bosphorus, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Goksu Pavilion and Emirgan Grove are just a few of the beauties of Istanbul that you will come across on these tours.

Bosphorus tours, which allow you to see the historical and natural beauties of Istanbul from a different angle, are carried out both by private companies and boats and boats connected to Istanbul City Lines. Boats owned by private firms departing from points such as Eminonu, Kabatas, Ortakoy, Besiktas, Avcilar, Uskudar and Arnavutkoy, float on the shores of the Bosphorus for a period determined by the scope of the tour. A private company in association with The National Palaces administration, offer hop-on-hop-off tours on the coast and integrate the magnificent beauties of the Bosphorus with history.

How To Reach the Tour Start Points?

The fact that the companies organizing the tours have chosen the central districts of Istanbul as the starting point allows the guests to use many options for reaching the boats. Transportation to Uskudar, Eminonu, Besiktas, Kabatas and Ortakoy tours is quite easy, especially considering the developed public transportation network of the city. City buses and metro lines are among the transportation options you can use to join the Bosphorus tours. If you have never used the public transportation system of the city before, you can find out which vehicles you can use to reach your destination by using the “How I Go” application on IETT’s website.

You can also easily go to the departure points of the tours, which allow you to enjoy the historical sights and natural beauties of the city, with your own vehicle. Because there are many areas where you can park your car safely around almost all the piers selected for the start of the tour. You can search for the pier that you want to reach from Google Maps by searching the “Istanbul ferry pier”.

Locations of the ferry piers

The Tours

Istanbul city lines have 3 different alternative Bosphorus tours, short, long and moonlight tours. The duration of Istanbul Bosphorus tours varies according to the company and the route that is taken during the Bosphorus tour. The shortest Bosphorus tour is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, there are also medium and long term alternatives such as 2 hours, 6 hours. A private company that makes a Bosphorus tour tours departing from Eminonu, Uskudar, and Karakoy. The one-way journey is completed in approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. The long tours that take a break at Anadolu Kavagi. When you come to Kavak, you can take a break of 3 hours so that you can travel around and explore. One of the private companies’ sites can be accessed through here: (they have the English version on the top right corner of the site).
City Lines, on the other hand, have varying time schedules at certain times instead of taking a break, giving travelers freedom of movement. The duration of the moonlight tours is slightly longer. Depending on the departure point, the journey can go up to 4.5 hours in private tours with meal options. About 2 hours and 30 minutes are the duration of the tour from Bostancı to Anadolu Kavagi on the moonlight tour of the City Lines that take place only on Saturdays.

The Hop-on Hop-off Tours that is to visit The National Palaces that a private company cooperates with the National Palaces take place 7 days a week, departing from Kabatas and Besiktas. The boat, that starts from Kabatas the tour, lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes, and dock to Beşiktaş, Emirgan, Küçüksu Pavilion, Beylerbeyi Palace, and complete the tour in Kabatas, the starting point of the trip.

What’s to see?

Historical buildings that you can see during the Bosphorus cruise are not just palaces but also and manors. Along the way, you can witness the beauty of Istanbul’s architecturally rich palaces, as well as manors such as Esma Sultan, Sait Halim Pasha, Ferik Ahmet Akif, and Bahaî. After seeing the landmarks of the Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque and Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan mosques, two magnificent buildings will greet you: Rumelian and Anatolian fortresses that played a key role in the conquest of Istanbul. You can reach the link to the website of the official National Palaces Directorate to get further information about some of the historic buildings that you can around the strait of Istanbul here:

How to get around by yourself?

Off course you don’t have to adhere to the preset tours in order to travel, enjoy and explore Istanbul you can get by yourself with the itineraries that I would suggest to the avid tourist who wishes to act on his or her own. If you wish, you can complete the route we offer you in one day by simply pressing the land to move from one pier to another. If you want, you can divide it into several days and enjoy each stop both from the sea and the land. You can reach the information about the lines that we are about to talk about on the website of the city lines once more:

Besiktas – Kadikoy Route

There’s nothing better to welcome the new day from Besiktas in Istanbul. You can enjoy Besiktas by the sea or in one of the small, warm places in Besiktas Bazaar, you can start the day freshly by tasting the traditional Turkish breakfast. But I would advise you to reserve your coffee tasting to Kadikoy and to catch a Kadıköy ferry that leaves at quarter past or a quarter to each hour from Besiktas pier. I would recommend that you buy a Turkish bagel from one of the bagel vendors on the road before getting on the ferry. You can get the best of your travel companions by throwing bagel pieces to the seagulls from the back of the ferry. In the ferry, you can enjoy the view of the sea, the Maiden’s Tower and Haydarpasa Station accompanied by seagulls.

Kadikoy – Karakoy

When you set foot in Kadikoy, you are sure that you will not regret it if you go along the coast and visit Haydarpasa Station, one of the “gates” of Istanbul, and drink your Turkish coffee in this historical station built-in 1908. While sitting in the shadow of Haydarpasa Station, where even those who did not see Istanbul are familiar with movies and postcards, you will find that it was a good decision to put the station in the list of the most beautiful train stations of the world in 2009. If you walk back the same road and catch the Karakoy ferry, which runs at twenty to and twenty past the hours, you can have your lunch at one of the fish restaurants in Karakoy. Move to the front of the ferry as you approach Karakoy, the magnificent silhouette of the historical peninsula will welcome you. When you see the minarets of the Sultanahmet and Suleymaniye mosques and the Topkapi Palace, you will understand why it is called the historical peninsula. We recommend you to visit a dessert shop where you can taste the traditional Turkish dessert baklava after enjoying the fish in Karakoy. You can go on to Eminonu by watching amateur fishermen from Galata Bridge.

Eminonu – Eyup

When you pass through the Galata Bridge and arrive in Eminonu, you can feed the pigeons in the courtyard of the New Mosque, and buy souvenirs for your loved ones from the Grand Bazaar. You can go to Eyup by taking another ferry ride on the Eminonu – Golden Horn line and watch the sunset from the famous Piere Loti Hill. Eyup Sultan Mosque and tombs are among the historical works that you must see if you visit Eyup. If your journey coincides with the month of Ramadan in Istanbul, also attend the events held in Ramadan at Eyup Feshane and you will find the opportunity to experience the traditions of Turkey.

Eyup – Uskudar

You can get back to the Anatolian side by taking the Uskudar ferries departing from Eyup. You can walk from the Uskudar coast to Kuzguncuk and take a pleasant break in one of the neighborhood coffee houses there. If you are not interested in walking, you can get the opportunity to go to the Maiden’s Tower and have a meal in the Tower by taking the ring services from Uskudar. The Maiden’s Tower, built on a small island off the coast of Salacak, is the oldest witness to the history of Istanbul. You can enjoy watching both sides of Istanbul from this tower, which was built at “an arrow’s distance” as described by a Turkish traveler.

As you can see by now, you can “bricole” your own ferry trip in Istanbul. It is an alternative side of the city by which you can avoid getting stuck in traffic. Other suggestions for trips would be:

  • Uskudar – Anatolian Fortress
  • Anatolian Fortress – Ortakoy
  • To the Prince’s Islands from Kabatas, Kadikoy, and Bostanci

All in all Istanbul’s special position between two continents puts it in a unique position from other metropolitan cities of the world, you can pass your time there exploring it only by the sea which offers once in a lifetime experience to the tourists. I hope you enjoy your stay and decide to explore the city in a different way.

The Spice Capital Of Turkey: Spice Market (Bazaar) of Istanbul

A short stroll from the Grand Bazaar, the seventeenth-century Eminönü Egyptian Spice Bazaar, open seven days per week, is another most loved of the camera-employing, keepsake looking for the visitor. Clamoring gastronomic heaven since 1664, this is the best spot to get dried foods grown from the ground, flavors, olives, Turkish joy, oils and substances of the best request. Bronze knick-knacks glimmer in the sun, torpedo-sized dates are stacked to the rafters, and the debauched fragrance of newly ground Mehmet Efendi espresso converges with the smell of crisp fish, with shockingly non-dangerous outcomes. In this article, we will share the history of Spice Bazaar, what you can buy and how to bargain. Keep reading!

Strikingly shaded flavors are shown nearby gem-like lokum (Turkish enjoyment) at this Ottoman-time commercial center, giving beautiful sight to a large number of sightseers and local people who advance here consistently. Slows down additionally sell caviar, dried herbs, nectar, nuts, and dried natural products. The number of slows down selling vacationer knickknacks increments every year, yet this remaining parts an extraordinary spot to load up on consumable keepsakes, share a couple of jokes with merchants and wonder about the very much protected structure.

Hours: 8am-7.30pm

The market was built during the 1660s as a feature of the New Mosque, with a lease from the shops supporting the upkeep of the mosque just as its magnanimous exercises, which incorporated a school, Hamam and emergency clinic. The market’s Turkish name, the Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Market), references the way that the structure was at first supplied with charges demanded on merchandise imported from Egypt. In its prime, the bazaar was the last stop for the camel convoys that ventured to every part of the Silk Road from China, India, and Persia.

Over the fundamental passageway and got to through a lofty trip of stairs, is Pandeli, a memorable eatery with three dazzling eating salons encrusted with turquoise-shaded Iznik tiles. Unfortunately, the nature of nourishment served here is normal, best case scenario, so we don’t prescribe feasting here.

On the west side of the market, there are open-air produce slows down selling crisp staples from all over Anatolia, including an awesome determination of cheeses. Additionally here is the most celebrated espresso provider in Istanbul, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, set up more than 100 years back. This is situated at the intersection of Hasırcılar Caddesi, which is brimming with shops selling nourishment and kitchenware.

No visit to Istanbul is finished ceaselessly by the environmental Spice Bazaar. While the Grand Bazaar might be the biggest and generally well known of Istanbul’s secured bazaars, this zest showcase wins the prize for being the most beautiful, fragrant, and frequently the best time – as guests can taste the merchandise on offer.

Worked in 1664, as a major aspect of the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) complex, it is referred to in Turkish as Mısır Çarşısı, and in some cases meant “Egyptian Bazaar” or ‘Corn Market’ (mısır implies both Egypt and corn in Turkish).

History of the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul

So what is the history behind Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar? This popular spot was developed during the 1660s as a major aspect of the subsidizing plan for the “New Mosque” (quite new when development was begun on it in 1597) because lease from the zest slows down financed the mosque’s upkeep.

The Spice Bazaar was on the Ancient Silk Route

Once upon a time, the Spice Market was the last stop for camel processions finishing the Silk Route from faraway terrains like China and India. The entirety of this extraordinary engineering and nourishment would sure be an inviting sight for a worn-out camel, eh? What you see, gazing toward the passageway of the “New Mosque.” The lovely vault you see, gazing toward the passageway of the “New Mosque.”

In Turkish, the name of the Spice Bazaar interprets as “Egyptian Market” since the development of the complex was initially supported by charges from Egyptian imports. As I stressed in my first Turkey article and will say once more, for quite a long time, Turkey has been an interfacing essential issue between Africa, Asia, and Europe. From various perspectives, it remains so today. Over into the Spice Market, we go. As my travel bloggers started purchasing up boxes of Turkish Delight, I cozied up to a hot glass of Turkish tea. One of my insider facts for spending head out is to forgo purchasing such a large number of endowments (which is a snap for me since blessings are not my “Way to express affection”), yet I can perceive how the Spice Bazaar would be a gifter’s fantasy!

Shopping in Spice Market Brings People Together

As I meandered up the store’s lofty stepping stool to a room fixed with resplendent plates, I considered what carried our gathering to Istanbul. Indeed, Turkish Airlines had accumulated 29 top travel bloggers to visit Turkey (and I was drained as a mother, so I happily went), yet with the world as it is presently, it turned out to be obvious to me this wasn’t just about the travel industry: it’s about positive strategy.

On the off chance that quality and freshness are essential to you, at that point it’s ideal to purchase your flavors from merchants selling their flavors free. There are presently a few shops in the zest showcase in Istanbul that sell prepackaged flavors however freshness and quality are sketchy. An assortment pack containing twelve distinct flavors may look decent, and it may appear to be helpful, however, on the off chance that they were so acceptable, more local people would get them too.

The Spice Capital Of Turkey

Zest merchants from everywhere throughout the area would venture out to the flavor showcase in Istanbul to purchase; sell and exchange different flavors. Indeed, the market was even a fundamental setting for merchants from further away from home. Merchants and agents from Europe would likewise visit, and energetic wheeling and dealing was the request for the day.

Indeed, even right up ’til the present time, the zest showcase in Istanbul keeps on being the zest capital of Turkey. Sadly, be that as it may, a regularly expanding number of shops are gradually being taken over by dealers selling merchandise and wares other than flavors.

Regardless of this steady progress, any individual who visits the market will at present be welcomed by endless flavor merchants selling each zest possible, including a crowd of flavors that a great many people have never at any point known about. Any place you cast your look, you’ll see sacks of flavors so full, that the substance is flooding onto the floor.

Visiting The Spice Market In Istanbul

Most vacationers visiting Turkey end up ruined for decision undoubtedly. Much the same as any huge cosmopolitan city, Istanbul is flooded with cafés obliging all preferences. Notwithstanding, if you visit an abnormal new nation, why not test that nation’s cooking? Numerous guests do attempt Turkish dishes when they visit the nation, and many begin to look all starry eyed at the gigantic assortment on offer.

On the off chance that you are a gutsy foodie, at that point, you’ll well and genuinely love the flavor showcase in Istanbul, and may even end up paying additional things extra charge when you load onto your trip back home. All things considered, huge numbers of the zest you’ll see at the market are most similar to not accessible in your nation, so it’s advantageous loading up while you have the chance.

Under The High Domes

At the point when you enter the bazaar, it’s astonishing to feel that individuals have been rushing there throughout the previous 350 years, and in that time, very little has truly changed by any means. A lot of first-time guests are very amazed when they find may brokers selling stuff that isn’t really from Turkey.

It’s critical to recollect in any case, that the market isn’t, and never has been a setting for Turkish produce as it were. This is basically what makes the market such an awesome spot, in that you can purchase merchandise from everywhere throughout the world.

You’ll see brokers selling Russian caviar; you’ll see dealers selling Iranian saffron; you’ll see vendors selling different Chinese teas, and so on. It’s where individuals from everywhere throughout the world go to, to purchase products from everywhere throughout the world.

Which Spices Would It Be Advisable for Me to Pay Special Mind To?

Pretty much every zest you can envision is on offer, piled into lively vaults. Be that as it may, as opposed to returning home with the natural, it’s smarter to pay special mind to these normally Turkish flavors and items, so you can keep on making the most of your preferred Turkish tastes on your arrival:

This maroon/burgundy shaded zest is produced using the berries of the wild Rhus Coriaria bramble. It has a citrus pungency that originates from the malic corrosive inside. Use it in a plate of mixed greens dressings rather than lemon, or mix it into newly steamed vegetables with a little olive oil.

Pul Biber

These dried red pepper chips are the backbone of Turkish dishes, and you’ll see it close to the salt in most Turkish eateries. It comes in shifting degrees of heat so it’s ideal to taste before you purchase and post for isot Biber – a smoky assortment from Urfa. Sprinkle it into stews, or over barbecued meat.

Nar Ekşisi

Produced using a pomegranate decrease, this thick, gooey syrup is another Turkish kitchen fundamental. Use in the spot of Balsamic vinegar to hone up a serving of mixed greens, or to make a marinade or coating for salmon or poultry.

Çörek Otu

Referred to in English as Nigella seeds (or in some cases as dark cumin), the name truly means ‘bun’s herb’. In case you’re following Turkish plans, have a go at sprinkling it onto bread, cakes, or flavorful baked goods, not long before preparing. Çörek otu is, for the most part, utilized onto bread, cakes, or exquisite baked goods, not long before preparing


It might look like it, however, ‘Turkish saffron’: it isn’t saffron by any means, yet dried safflower, which has little shading or flavor. For the genuine article, pay special mind to the fine strands of Iranian Saffron, however, hope to pay considerably more.

What Else Would I Be Able to Purchase at the Spice Bazaar Turkey?

Aside, from the flavors, there are rosebud, jasmine, and organic product teas, Turkish get a kick out of each shading and flavor; natural cures; dried natural products, for example, apricots, figs, dates, and even strawberries and kiwis; nectar and nut drenched baklava; olive oil cleansers; Turkish espresso; and substantially more other than.

What’s in Store, See and Buy?

Egyptian Spice Bazaar is housed in a structure that was worked in 1660 and named sometime later that the products for exchange from the India and far east were showing up to this spot over Egypt by the Egyptian Caravan, during the time of the Ottomans.

Turkish Delight (Literally) at Istanbul’s Spice Market

Admission: We harassed our Istanbul visit control into adding the Spice Bazaar to our pressed Turkey agenda. “Please,” our movement blogger pack persuaded. “We’re directly here in any case, and it’s one of the most well-known sights in Istanbul! We’ll make it worth your time and energy… We’ll get you a Turkish Delight! Or then again three?” With that, our guide smiled and drove us into the 350-year-old structure. The “endowments” we found right now significant, contacting our hands, however our hearts too!

The Spice Bazaar has More than Spices

It was vital to have a guide in the clamor of the Spice Market because our guide drove us right to his preferred store out of the 85 shops that line the long structure. Did you realize that the Spice Bazaar is in reality just 5% flavors? The other 95% of products incorporate a wide range of things I needed to stick into my mouth quickly, including baklava, dried natural product, and a larger number of kinds of Turkish Delight than I knew conceivable.

Oils, Soaps, Herbs

For the body, Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar offers fragrant oils that flicker in their adjusted glass bottles, and stout cleansers loaded up with herbs and imbuements to make a lady’s skin sparkle. Something for fans of common and eco-accommodating beauty care products. You may pick among carefully assembled olive oil cleansers hued with bloom and herb removes or peeling Turkish Bath dark cleanser in a type of a thick tarnish glue, which makes skin smooth delicate.

Tests of Candy at the Spice Bazaar

“Need some nourishment tests?” the store’s chipper proprietor asked, and our blogger bunch swooped towards him like piranhas. Individually, the proprietor pulled the various delights from the divider, cutting off pieces for our getting a handle on hands. My most loved was the pomegranate Turkish Delight!

What Is Turkish Delight?

For the individuals who don’t have the foggiest idea, Turkish Delight is the enticing treat numerous Americans originally knew about in the well-known kids’ book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It includes a sweet thick base that is tidied with powdered sugar, and now and again contains installed treats like nuts and dried organic products.

Lokum – Turkish Delight is a vivid sensitive delicate sweet make of starch and sugar, with nuts, dried foods grown from the ground flavors. The works of art incorporate pistachio, ginger, mint, rose and fig flavors, yet you can discover considerably more. You can get them free or bundled, cut into blocks or in a “frankfurter” structure. They are generally flavorful. Another great is halva, a thick, clingy dessert made of nuts and sesame glue or other nut spreads with an assortment of flavors.

Turkish Delight and halva are the most exemplary and easy to discover endowments from Turkey, and normally everyone likes them, so on the off chance that you have a restricted spending plan or truly loathe shopping, or you don’t have a lot of time – they are constantly a smart thought.

The Greek or Turkish Baklava Fight

What unites individuals across societies, religions, numbness, and outrage? Nourishment! “See that Baklava?” our guide had asked us, grinning. “Greece and Turkey have a major quarrel over who has the best baklava style, however, it’s an enjoyment battle! We as a whole chuckle about it. It’s significantly better than different battles that are out there.”

Turkish Tea at the Spice Market

I returned the ground floor and started respecting the teas. There were teas for everything! “Loosen up Tea,” “Vitality Tea,” and… others I can’t print. The kaleidoscopic, multi-formed dried blossoms and leaves that made up every tea cuddled together serenely to make the refreshment’s enchantment. Correspondingly, the Spice Market whirled with guests from around the globe who were all looking for delightfulness. Together, we as a whole made our blended zest of ravenous, cheerful mankind.

As I ate my last bit of pomegranate Turkish Delight, a Saudi Arabian couple came into the store simultaneously as a blondie pair whose accents proposed Texas. “Welcome!” broadcasted the storekeeper, giving an example of baklava to every one of the four guests. Each of the four ate and grinned. With the goal that’s what I got at Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar: The supernatural sight of humankind’s unity even with great nourishment and fun shopping. What might YOU have gotten? Need more zest showcase sights? For more Turkey magnificence, look at my photographs, realities, and tips about Ephesus, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque!

Egyptian Spice Bazaar/Market (Misir Carsisi) with Spicy Shopping Guide

Egyptian Spice Bazaar comprises a progression of secured boulevards including 100 shops and two cafés along with the doors. The moniker “Flavor” was given for most of the shops’ selling herbs and flavors. You can discover about each sort of herbs and flavors at the market, and just as elements for cooking, Turkish pleasure, and Turkish espresso.

The authentic Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) or alleged Spice Market, is a bright and mysterious secured flavor advertise fixed with zest slows down in Eminonu coast, close to the Yeni Mosque, in the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. It is additionally one of the most mainstream shrouded showcases on the planet, together with renowned Grand Bazaar.

Shopping Etiquette in Istanbul Spice Bazaar: How to Bargain

Tradesmen of Istanbul, especially the ones in the Grand Bazaar, are known for their ability in a bargain. So, the bargain is a must in the bazaar for you. You should be prepared. The key to good shopping is to know that there are dozens of stores lined up next to each other that sell similar products. So, be sure that you have leisure time to wander around the shops and look for the best price or a better deal.

 If you spend some time in a shop and start to chat and bargain or pleased with the offer, it is likely that the vendors serve you a cup of tea. This is the gesture for hospitality and a way of welcoming. Also, most of the vendors are fluent in more than one language. This is what makes Grand Bazaar experience different. 

If you feel overwhelmed, uncomfortable or harassed by the insistence of a shopkeeper, just move on to another shop. The real tradesmen or, to say, owners of the trusted places don’t make you uncomfortable or insist you buy their products. So, always feel free to leave and look for better deals and service.

What Amount Would It Be a Good Idea for Me to Pay?

A few costs are checked however a touch of wrangling is normal as costs can be higher here than in flavor looks around the city. A portion of the bazaar’s most legitimate outlets to pay special mind to include: Ucuzcular, Malatya Pazarı, Ayfer Kaur, Arifoğlu, and Urfa Pazarı.

How Might I Find a Good Pace Bazaar?

Take the cable car to Eminönü, at that point stroll over the square with the New Mosque to your left side, and head down the limited road of cheddar, dried meat, and nut merchants, before taking a left into the bazaar. Then again, you can book our Magnificent Ottomans Tour to visit and find the obscure Spice Bazaar. The Spice Bazaar hours are 9 am – 7 pm consistently, aside from strict and open occasions.

You can get substantially more than flavors at the Spice Bazaar, yet flavors are the stars. They’re stacked high in hills that are not under any condition like the exhausting little containers we get in our general stores. You simply realize that they’re going to taste better. Furthermore, what hues! On the off chance that you like cooking, you’ll love this spot. Regardless of whether you’re after unadulterated individual flavors or blends ideal for sheep or chicken, they’re here.

Situated in the Eminonu quarter of Istanbul, alongside the Galata Bridge and the New Mosque (Yeni Cami), the Spice Bazaar is one of the city’s biggest and most well-known markets, second just to the Grand Bazaar. It’s otherwise called the Egyptian Market, it’s littler than the Grand Bazaar, however, it very well may be similarly as occupied. You don’t come here for Turkish floor coverings the Grand Bazaar is better for that–and there’s a lot more grounded accentuation on nourishment contributions like flavors, nuts, dried organic products, baklava, and, obviously, Turkish enjoyment (lokum) in the customary rose water just like pretty much any enhancing you can think of. Be that as it may, an ever-increasing number of the nourishments are getting uprooted by shops selling products with bigger overall revenues like adornments and keepsakes.

A portion of the all the more intriguing merchants are in reality outside the Bazaar. Coating its outside dividers are sellers providing food more to local people than visitors. There you’ll locate a little fish advertise on one side, and on the other a few shops devoted to cultivating equipment, or even fish tank supplies. Furthermore, the roads around the Spice Bazaar are particularly intriguing you can discover a significant number of similar merchandise available to be purchased at less touristy costs. The Rüstem Pasha Mosque close by is likewise worth a look.

The flavor advertise in Istanbul is the second greatest canvassed bazaar in Turkey, and conceivably the greatest zest showcase on the planet. As indicated by chronicled records, it was first called the “New Market” yet was later changed to the “Egyptian Bazaar” since it was financed utilizing income from Egypt. The bazaar was a piece of the “New Mosque” and lease gathered from the various brokers was initially intended to pay for the mosque’s upkeep.

A Few Points To Keep In Mind

Another great piece of exhortation is that you ought to consistently ensure you can pay for your flavors, etc in the nearby cash. Most merchants at the zest showcase in Istanbul will gladly acknowledge installment in Euros or even dollars, however, it will cost you. In any case, you won’t get an awesome conversion scale, and besides, it’s obvious that you are new to the setting, which results in over evaluating.

Experience The Top Attractions In Egypt And Turkey

If you might want to encounter the flavor advertise in Istanbul, together with incalculable other intriguing attractions in Turkey, it would be ideal if you investigate Egypt and Turkey Tours. We offer a wide scope of bundle visits taking into account all preferences and spending plans, and we’re likewise ready to alter singular visits to coordinate your necessities.

It is a well known focal point and an ideal spot with the sightseers to end their Istanbul visit by looking for certain keepsakes for their dearest ones preceding leaving Istanbul.

How to Get There?

Egyptian Spice Bazaar is arranged in the Eminonu neighborhood of Fatih district, just over the Eminonu Public Ferries Port, close to the Yeni Mosque. See the area map. The most down to earth approach to find a workable pace using Bagcilar-Kabatas cable car (T1 line). The nearest cable car stop is Eminonu. From Taksim, take the funicular to Kabatas (from taksim Square) or funicular to Karakoy (from Tunel square) and then take the cable car. On the off chance that you remain at the Sultanahmet inns, take the cable car to Eminonu. From the Asian side, you may take open ships to Eminonu and from that point, you take the cable car to find a good pace.

Where to Eat in Spice Bazaar

Kasap Osman

Kasap Osman is situated in the Old Town on Hocapasa Street, where you can discover incredible eateries. Istanbul’s best cafés in their very own class can be found here and you are prescribed to attempt pide, meatballs, cag kebab, and lahmacun here. Kasap Osman is the best doner shop here and it stands apart as perhaps the best spot to eat doner at Sirkeci-Eminonu neighborhood where you can discover other astonishing eateries and pastry shops. Doner at Kasap Osman is presented with pilaf as an afterthought and the meat is uncommonly picked by the butcher himself.

Kasap Osman is a perfect spot for lunch for the ones doing shopping at Spice Bazaar and the close-by zone. If you visit Kasap Osman, you can unwind in its garden and appreciate the customary climate of the Old City. What’s more, Kasap Osman is just 5 minutes stroll from Sirkeci Tram Station and Sirkeci Marmaray Station. Its ideal doner makes it outstanding amongst other doner shops in Istanbul.

Address: Hocapaşa Mahallesi, Hocapaşa Sokak, No 8/A, Fatih, İstanbul

Price: $20 for 2 people average

Zumrut Bufe

Travelers visiting Sultanahmet, as a rule, go to Eminonu neighborhood to make an incredible finish of their day. Your movement in time will be incomplete before you go to Eminonu and do shopping at Spice Bazaar, which has become fresh out of the plastic new gratitude to the redesign completed as of late. At the point when you feel tired in the wake of visiting the great and bright shops at Spice Bazaar, you can take a mid-day break without going too far because Zumrut Bufe is the spot at the intersection of Spice Bazaar’s Sirkeci Buyuk Postane exit.

Both neighborhood and outside travelers show tremendous enthusiasm for Zumrut Bufe as it’s perhaps the best spot to eat doner in Istanbul. Doner is presented with pureed potatoes as an afterthought at Zumrut Bufe and doner wrap is the most well-known decision among its clients.

Address: Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Sabuncu Hanı Caddesi, No: 12, Fatih, İstanbul

Price: $15 for 2 people average


Propositions to be engaged should possibly be engaged on the off chance that they include free Turkish joy. We can’t start to discuss nourishment shopping in Istanbul without referencing the Egyptian Bazaar in Eminönü. Purportedly worked from income obtained through the Ottoman district in Egypt, this market has been around since 1660. Today, the market is fit as a fiddle, selling hills of flavors, dried products of the soil, Turkish enjoyment and different desserts.

At the point when you advance outside, the bazaar additionally has a segment of cheddar venders that have the absolute best Turkish assortments you can envision. In case you’re in the temperament for some Turkish espresso, try to drop by Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi or Nuri Toplar close by generally advantageous.

Otherwise called the Spice Market, this bazaar is situated in the architecturally significant area of Fatih in Eminönü. It is the second biggest bazaar in Istanbul and sells various types of flavors, dried herbs, homegrown teas, and restorative plants. There are likewise dried organic products, nuts, oils, and candy parlor. Some of the time, throughout the late spring time frame, this bazaar might be open on Sundays.

Stadiums in Istanbul

Football in Turkey is something that is extremely dearest by everybody paying little mind to their age or sex, you can say that it is in blood and it is odd and odd when you hear somebody who isn’t keen on football in Turkey. Football in Turkey returns to the nineteenth century when some Englishmen who were remaining in Istanbul during the Ottoman realm time frame began to play it. In this article, we will mention the stadiums in Istanbul. Keep reading!

As the affection for this game developed quickly in Turk’s souls it has exceeded the adoration for the sultan and from that point forward, the football has gotten authoritatively permitted to be played and turned out to be increasingly composed. On the off chance that you are a devotee of football or soccer as Americans call it, you would realize that it is a game that was begun fundamentally by the Englishmen and gone worldwide to different landmasses however did you realize that this game has its belongings in different nations more than it has in England? One of these nations is Turkey.

Presently, you can perceive how Turkey go insane with regards to football when going to one of the matches in Istanbul or some other city, and if you are truly considering going to one, here are a portion of the arenas to visit:

Atatürk Olympic Stadium

Address: Ziya Gökalp Mah., Olimpiyat Stadı Yolu No:1, 34490 İkitelli/Başakşehir/İstanbul

The Atatürk Olympic Stadium (Turkish: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı) situated in Ikitelli, a locale in the western edges of Istanbul, is the biggest limit arena of Turkey. The arena is named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the author and first President of the Republic of Turkey. Its development started in 1999 and was finished in 2002. It was worked for Turkey’s bombed offer for the 2008 Olympic Games that were at last granted to Beijing. It cost about US$140 million.

With its 76,761 (all-seater) limit and Olympic size, it was conceded the “5-star sports complex” title by the UEFA in 2004, empowering it to have the finals of UEFA occasions. The 2005 UEFA Champions League Final among Milan and Liverpool was played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on 25 May 2005. The arena is additionally confirmed by the IAAF and IOC as a five-star scene for Olympic style sports and has facilitated a few European athletic rivalries. On 30 May 2020, the arena is booked to organize its subsequent Champions League last.

Süper Lig football crew Istanbul BB utilized the scene as their home arena until they moved to the Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium in 2014. Galatasaray played its home games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium during the 2003–2004 football season, because of the redesign of their setting, the Ali Sami Yen Stadium. Galatasaray, in the long run, came back to Ali Sami Yen for the 2004–2005 season, yet played 2006–2007 UEFA Champions League bunch organize matches at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. Sivasspor additionally played a portion of its Süper Lig home games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium because of the terrible climate conditions in their unique old neighborhood arena. Beşiktaş utilized the field in the 2013-14 season to play a large portion of their home games, with the thinking being equivalent to Galatasaray’s, while their arena, the Vodafone Arena, was under development.

Türk Telekom Stadium

Address: Huzur Mahallesi Türk Telekom Stadyumu, 34396 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Türk Telekom Stadium (authoritatively known as the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi – Türk Telekom Stadyumu) is a football arena-filling in as the home ground of the Süper Lig club Galatasaray S.K. It is situated in the Seyrantepe quarter of the Sarıyer district, on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. The all-seater arena can have 52,223 onlookers during football match-ups. The arena is a piece of the Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex.

Türk Telekom Stadium was the primary arena in Turkey that met the UEFA Euro 2016 necessities during the nation’s offered to have the European Championship. In 2011, Türk Telekom Stadium was one of the six chosen people for the Venue of the Year and New Venue classifications of the Stadium Business Awards. Galatasaray SK won the Süper Lig in the principal season at Türk Telekom Stadium. Türk Telekom Stadium and Galatasaray SK were referenced in the primary section of Tom Clancy’s 2012 novel Threat Vector.


Football (soccer) was first played in Istanbul by some British players in a field known as Papazın Çayırı (“Priest’s Field”) in the territory that is presently the site of Fenerbahçe’s Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. With the opening of the Taksim Stadium in 1921, it was this new arena that turned into the new football home office. In the urban advancement of 1939, the military sleeping quarters where the Taksim Stadium was found was crushed in 1940. The arena was subsequently lost. Right now, purchased the land incorporating Papazın Çayırı and assembled the Fenerbahçe Stadium, while the Beşiktaş Club moved into the Şeref Stadium, situated in the territory where the present Çırağan Palace Hotel stands. It was Galatasaray that accomplished the most concerning issue with the utilization of an arena in that period.

The initial steps to conquer this issue were taken in the underlying long periods of the 1930s. The primary activity to get a plot of land for Galatasaray was in 1933 when the then leader of the club Ali Haydar Barşal demonstrated enthusiasm for a mulberry plantation in Mecidiyeköy. In the period somewhere in the range of 1933 and 1935, dealings with the legislature brought about the designation of a plot of land outside of as far as possible in Mecidiye Köyü (Mecidiye Village, present-day Mecidiyeköy quarter of the Şişli locale) for an arena to be worked for Galatasaray. Unearthings for the development started in 1936. The President of the Turkish Sports Organization at that point, Adnan Menderes, gave money related help to the venture. Be that as it may, the endeavors were left in the removal arrange.

In 1940, the matter of the arena came up again under the administration of Tevfik Ali Çınar. A similar plot of land was rented to Galatasaray for a term of 30 years at an emblematic yearly rental expense of 1 lira. Galatasaray accordingly gained the privilege of the utilization of the land. In renting the land, Galatasaray focused on building a cutting edge arena just as a bike velodrome. The development couldn’t begin, in any case, because of restricted assets and the general climate of the war years. In 1943, Osman Dardağan drove an activity to construct a humble arena that would answer the prompt need. In the climate of war, just a little open tribune was permitted in the arena, which was determined to a field of earth and initiated under the administration of Muslihittin Peykoğlu in 1945. In any case, its good ways from the downtown area back then, its detachment by open transportation, and the harsh breezes that portrayed the region were factors that added to an extensive stretch where the arena would lay inactive and football match-ups never occurred.

At the point when the Inönü Stadium in the focal point of the city was opened in that period, Galatasaray surrendered the arena building venture in Mecidiyeköy, setting the undertaking aside before fulfillment. In 1955, 30 additional years were added to one side of usage understanding, which at the time had 22 years to go, expanding the terms until 2007. At the point when the Club neglected to attempt the structure of the Stadium, the task was taken on by the Physical Education General Directorate. The development began in 1959. In 1961, during the administration of Refik Selimoğlu, another understanding was marked with the Physical Education General Directorate whereby the use privileges of the recently finished arena were unequivocally given to Galatasaray.

The arena was opened on a momentous December 20, 1964. Amidst the extraordinary groups present, the alarm broke out, bringing about the demise of one onlooker and the injury of 80 others. In 1965, the arena was enlightened just because. Regardless of this, in any case, relatively few night games were played. Toward the start of the 1970s, the arena was relinquished for another period during which the Inönü Stadium started to be utilized once more. During the 1970s, the arena was for the most part utilized by Galatasaray for instructional courses. In those years, it stayed in a dingy condition of disregard.

In 1981, the grass was planted on the field and the arena was opened once more. The lighting framework was recharged in 1993, after which night games started to be played again. Around the same time, the arrangement of joined tickets was started in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium. Likewise, around the same time, the arena was outfitted with seats to supplant the old seats. The limit of the arena was in this way diminished from 35,000 to an all-seater limit of 22,000. In 1997, the Galatasaray organization relegated a Canadian compositional firm for the errand of structuring Turkey’s first multi-work, current arena to be worked instead of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, which was wanted to be torn down.

On 10 December 2013, a UEFA Champions League coordinate among Galatasaray and Juventus must be deserted because of substantial snow in the 32nd moment with the score 0–0, the rest of the minutes of the match were played the following day.

Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium

Address: Bağdat Cad, Recep Peker Cd. No.2, 34724 Kadıköy/İstanbul

The Ülker Stadium (Turkish elocution: [ˈʃycɾy saɾaˈdʒoːɫu]), recently known as Şükrü Saracoğlu arena in the Kadıköy locale of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the conventional home scene of significant Turkish multi-sport club Fenerbahçe SK. The arena was introduced in 1908 and remodeled somewhere in the range of 1929 and 1932, 1965 and 1982, and 1999 and 2006. On October 4, 2006, after various assessments by UEFA, Ülker Stadium was chosen to have the 2009 UEFA Cup Final that went down to history as the last Final of the UEFA Cup football competition, which was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League beginning from the 2009–10 season.


Before Ülker Stadium was manufactured, the field was known as Papazın Çayırı (The field of the minister). The field, be that as it may, turned into the absolute first football pitch of Turkey, where the principal class rounds of the Istanbul Football League were held continuously. In 1908, the neighborhood groups in the class required a normal football field, so this land was rented from the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II for 30 Ottoman gold pounds a year. The all-out development cost was 3,000 Ottoman gold pounds. The name was changed to the Union Club Field after the club which made the most elevated gift for the development of the ground.

The Union Club Field was utilized by numerous groups in Istanbul, including the proprietor, Union Club (which changed its name to Ittihatspor after World War I), Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, and Beşiktaş. In any case, it lost its significance when a greater scene, the Taksim Stadium, was worked in 1922, inside the patio of the memorable Taksim Topçu Kışlası (Taksim Artillery Barracks), which was situated at the present-day Taksim Gezi Parkı (Taksim Park).

Ittihatspor (which had close relations with the political Ittihat ve Terakki), had to offer it to the state, in which Şükrü Saracoğlu was an individual from the CHP government. Consequently, the responsibility for the arena went to the state, however, the field was promptly rented to Fenerbahçe. Afterward, on May 27, 1933, Fenerbahçe bought the arena from the legislature when Şükrü Saracoğlu was the President of Fenerbahçe, for either the representative measure of 1 TL or the value of the arena which was 9,000 TL.

The name of the field was changed to Fenerbahçe Stadium, and this made Fenerbahçe SK the main football club in Turkey to claim their arena, with the assistance of the Şükrü Saracoğlu government. In the next years, Fenerbahçe SK revamped the arena and expanded its seating limit. Constantly 1949, Fenerbahçe Stadium was the biggest football setting in Turkey, with a seating limit of 25,000.

The name of the arena was changed again in 1998, turning out to be Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, named after Fenerbahçe’s unbelievable director and Turkey’s fifth Prime Minister Şükrü Saracoğlu. In 1999, the most recent round of redesigns and limit expanding ventures began. The stands on the four sides of the arena were torn down each in turn, as the Turkish Super League seasons advanced, and the whole reestablishment and development venture was finished in 2006.

Vodafone Park

Address: Vişnezade Mah., Dolmabahçe Cad., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Istanbul is home to a portion of Turkey’s most established games clubs. Beşiktaş JK, built up in 1903, is considered the most seasoned of these games clubs. Because of its underlying status as Turkey’s just club, Beşiktaş once in a while spoke to the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic in worldwide game rivalries, winning the option to put the Turkish banner inside its group logo. Galatasaray SK and Fenerbahçe SK have fared better in global rivalries and have won more Süper Lig titles, at 22 and multiple times, respectively. Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe have a long-standing contention, with Galatasaray situated in the European part and Fenerbahçe situated in the Anatolian part of the city. Istanbul has seven ball groups—Anadolu Efes, Beşiktaş, Darüşşafaka, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor and Büyükçekmece—that play in the head level Turkish Basketball Super League.

A significant number of Istanbul’s games offices have been manufactured or redesigned since 2000 to support the city’s offers for the Summer Olympic Games. Atatürk Olympic Stadium, the biggest multi-reason arena in Turkey, was finished in 2002 as an IAAF five star setting for track and field. The arena facilitated the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final and will have the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final. Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Fenerbahçe’s home field, facilitated the 2009 UEFA Cup Final three years after its fruition. Türk Telekom Arena opened in 2011 to supplant Ali Sami Yen Stadium as Galatasaray’s home turf, while Vodafone Park, opened in 2016 to supplant BJK Inönü Stadium as the home turf of Beşiktaş, facilitated the 2019 UEFA Super Cup game. Each of the four arenas is tip top Category 4 (once in the past five-star) UEFA arenas.

Sinan Erdem Dome

Address: Zuhuratbaba, Ataköy Blv. No:14, 34147 Bakırköy/İstanbul

The Sinan Erdem Dome, among the biggest indoor fields in Europe, facilitated the last of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, just as the 2011–12 Euroleague and 2016–17 EuroLeague Final Fours. Before the consummation of the Sinan Erdem Dome in 2010, Abdi Ipekçi Arena was Istanbul’s essential indoor field, having facilitated the finals of EuroBasket 2001. Several other indoor fields, including the Beşiktaş Akatlar Arena, have likewise been initiated since 2000, filling in as the home courts of Istanbul’s games clubs. The latest of these is the 13,800-seat Ülker Sports Arena, which opened in 2012 as the home court of Fenerbahçe’s ball teams. Despite the development blast, five offers for the Summer Olympics—in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2020—and national offers for UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016 have finished unsuccessfully.

The TVF Burhan Felek Sport Hall is one of the significant volleyball fields in the city and hosts clubs, for example, Eczacıbaşı VitrA, Vakıfbank SK, and Fenerbahçe who have won various European and World Championship titles.

Somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2011, Istanbul Park dashing circuit facilitated the yearly Formula One Turkish Grand Prix. Istanbul Park was additionally a scene of the World Touring Car Championship and the European Le Mans Series in 2005 and 2006, yet the track has not seen both of these rivalries since then. It likewise facilitated the Turkish Motorcycle Grand Prix somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2007. Istanbul was once in a while a scene of the F1 Powerboat World Championship, with the keep going race on the Bosphorus waterway on 12–13 August 2000. The last race of the Powerboat P1 World Championship on the Bosphorus occurred on 19–21 June 2009. Istanbul Sailing Club, set up in 1952, has races and other cruising occasions on the conduits in and around Istanbul each year. Turkish Offshore Racing Club additionally has significant yacht races, for example, the yearly Naval Forces Trophy.

Ulker Sports Arena

Address: Barbaros Mah, Ihlamur Sk., 34746 Ataşehir/İstanbul

Fenerbahçe Ülker Sports and Event Hall (Turkish: Fenerbahçe Ülker Spor ve Etkinlik Salonu) is a multi-reason indoor field that is situated in Ataşehir, Istanbul, Turkey. The field is claimed and worked by Fenerbahçe S.K. The field has a limit of 15,000 individuals for shows and 13,059 for b-ball games, and it has facilitated national and global games, for example, b-ball, volleyball, wrestling, and weightlifting; just as shows and congresses.

The field covers a territory of roughly 55,000 m2 (590,000 sq ft) and is one of the significant games fields in the city of Istanbul. The field likewise has inexpensive food cafeterias and eateries. It likewise has 6 storage space regions, 5 extra little storage spaces, 44 parlor zones, VIP seating regions, and a 2,500 limit lobby, which can be utilized for both preparing and practice games. Including the parlor and VIP zones, the field can situate up to 13,800 individuals for donning events.


Ülker Sports Arena was initiated on 25 January 2012, with the Fenerbahçe versus EA7 Emporio Armani game in the EuroLeague 2011–12 season’s Top 16 stage. Fenerbahçe’s little forward Marko Tomas, scored the principal focuses in the field, with a 2-point hop shot, during the game against EA7 Emporio Armani. Fenerbahçe S.K’s. ball divisions, Fenerbahçe Men’s Basketball, and Fenerbahçe Women’s Basketball are at present playing their home games in the field.

Shows and Concerts


  • April 27, Mister Universe 2012 Pageant
  • September 19, Leonard Cohen performed during his Old Ideas World Tour
  • September 22 – October 14, Alegría (Cirque du Soleil)
  • October 5, Boston Celtics 2012 NBA Europe Live Tour
  • November 16–17, Jennifer Lopez as a piece of her Dance Again World Tour


  • February 23, WWE RAW World Tour
  • Walk 15–17, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
  • April 6, Glory kickboxing
  • April 27, Mark Knopfler as a piece of Privateering Tour
  • May 3–12, We Will Rock You (melodic) as a piece of We Will Rock You: Tenth Anniversary Tour
  • September 7, Music Bank World Tour
  • October 5, Oklahoma City Thunder 2013 NBA Europe Live Tour


  • October 3–5, FIBA World Championship for Women Finals
  • October 11, San Antonio Spurs 2014 NBA Europe Live Tour
  • November 16, Demi Lovato as a piece of her Demi World Tour


  • 2 January – 9 April 2014–15 EuroLeague Top 16 Group F
  • 14–16 April 2014–15 EuroLeague Quarterfinals
  • August 8, League of Legends Finals of Turkey
  • 30 December 2015–16 EuroLeague Top 16


  • 14 January – 1 April 2015–16 EuroLeague Top 16
  • 12–14 April 2016 EuroLeague Playoffs


  • 2017 EuroBasket

Fatih Terim Stadium

Address: Başak, 4.Etap Fatih Teri̇m Stadı Başakşehir, Yunus Emre Cd., 34480 Başakşehir/İstanbul

The 3. Istanbul Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu (Turkish: Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu) is a football arena in Başakşehir region of Istanbul, Turkey named out of appreciation for effective Turkish footballer and supervisor Fatih Terim. Opened formally to open on 26 July 2014, the scene has a limit of 17,156 onlookers. It is the new home of Istanbul Başakşehir F.K. playing in the Süper Lig. The development of the arena was finished in around 16 months, and it cost ₺178 million.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium

Address: Yahya Kahya, Tepebaşı Cd. No:1 D:1, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium (otherwise called Kasımpaşa Stadium) is a multi-use arena in the Kasımpaşa neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. It is as of now utilized for the most part for football coordinates and is the home arena of Kasımpaşa S.K. The arena limit was reached out to 14,234 observers. Because of expansion works, Kasımpaşa played a large portion of its home matches in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in the 2007–2008 season. It is named after the occupant Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a local of Kasımpaşa and a football player in his childhood.

Bayrampaşa Çetin Emeç Stadium

Address: Altıntepsi, 34035 Bayrampaşa/İstanbul

Beykoz (Paşabahçe) Stadium

Address: Gümüşsuyu, Sultaniye Cd. No:34, 34820 Beykoz/İstanbul

Beylerbeyi 75. Yıl Stadium

Address: Beylerbeyi Mh., Beybostanı Sok., 34676 Üsküdar/İstanbul

Eyüp Stadium

Address: İslambey, Halitpaşa Cd. No:80, 34050 Eyüp/İstanbul

Esenyurt Belediyesi Stadium

Address: Mehterçeşme, 34515 Esenyurt/İstanbul

Küçükçekmece Metin Oktay Stadium

Address: Fatih, Küçükçekmece Yolu No:4, 34290 Küçükçekmece/İstanbul

Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadium

Address: Yunus Emre Mahallesi, Okurlar Cd., 34510 Esenyurt/İstanbul

Maltepe Hasan Polat Stadium

Address: Yalı, Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak Cd. 7 E, 34844 Maltepe/İstanbul

Pendik Stadium

Address: Yeni Mahalle, Stadyum Sk., 34893 Pendik/İstanbul

Zeytinburnu Stadium

Address: Telsiz, 34020 Zeytinburnu/İstanbul

Yıldıztabya Stadium

Address: Yıldıztabya, Temaşa Sk. No:76, 34240 Gaziosmanpaşa/İstanbul

Yusuf Ziya Öniş Stadium

Address: Merkez, 34450 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Vefa Stadium

Address: Dervişali, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul

Şenlikköy Stadium

Address: Basınköy, Çekmece Yolu Cd. 5-1, 34153 Bakırköy/İstanbul

Everything You Need to Know About the U.S. Embassy in Istanbul

Are you thinking about coming and enjoying all the natural beauties of Istanbul? That’s a great idea! While enjoying your vacation in Istanbul, you might also conduct your legal procedures. At this point, the U.S Embassy in Istanbul helps you. But If you still have some questions in your mind about how and from where to get a visa, how much time and money you need, you’re about to find answers to your questions. Keep reading! 

What are these procedures?

These procedures might include getting a visa, any situation that might include birth, death or a marriage of the citizens of the represented country. Embassies are generally located in major, crowded and industrial cities. 

Is there an embassy in Istanbul?

When it’s about major, crowded and industrial cities, the first name that ever comes to your mind is probably Istanbul with its 15.52 million population. Naturally, that means there are more needs in good relations between the two countries as the more population you have. For this reason, it’s inevitable to have a U.S embassy in Istanbul.  

Why does the U.S have embassies in Turkey?

Turkish-American relations have improved since the late 18th century by maritime trade in Turkish ports in the Mediterranean and contacts between the Ottoman State and the USA have begun. Diplomatic relations between the US and the Republic of Turkey is made through an exchange of notes on February 17, 1927. Since 1927, Turkey and the USA have had strong relations. This close relationship dates back to old times and this has resulted in the emergence of a need. This need was all about finding a way to develop and maintain good relations. Having embassies in Turkey was a great step that was taken forward. This diplomacy has always been resulted in having peaceful relations between the two countries.

How many other embassies are there in Turkey?

    The US and Turkey, as two big countries, are always in need to be in contact. To meet this need, the US has 3 embassies in 3 different cities in Turkey. These cities are Ankara, Istanbul, and Adana respectively. 

Where is the U.S. Embassy in Istanbul?

The U.S. Embassy in Istanbul is located in Sariyer. In Sariyer’s neighbor, the building that belongs to the Embassy is on Istinye, Polygon Street.  

Can you visit the U.S. Embassy?

No matter what nationality you are from, you can’t visit the Embassy. So even if you’re a citizen of the U.S., you can’t drop in the Embassy anytime in a day and take a tour in the building. But, there is a but there. Does that mean that you can never head for the Embassy even when you have to deal with some procedures while getting a visa? Of course not. But that exactly means that you need to make an appointment first to visit.

How can I contact the Embassy?

If you have any questions to be answered, there is a special tab for the most frequently asked questions on the official website for The U.S. Embassy of Turkey which is

 If you still can’t find an answer to your question, then you need to go and visit the Embassy. It might disappoint you a bit not to phone the Embassy and search for your answer through the phone but unfortunately, there is no option to get in contact via phone. Instead, you’re expected to make an appointment for either Mondays or Thursdays to go and consult. But thankfully, making an appointment is just a click away. You can do it on the website below: 

How to get to the U.S. Embassy in Istanbul?

    One of the advantages of being in a big city is the variety of transportation options that it offers to you. To get to the Embassy you can choose one of the routes that will be listed above.

If you’re coming from the Anatolian Side: 

  1. From Kadiköy, first, make your route to Besiktas by taking the Kadiköy-Besiktas ferry. You can reach the U.S. Embassy when you take one of the buses number 40T or 22 from Bahcesehir University station from Besiktas and get off at Kaplicalar station.
  2. From Uskudar, take the Uskudar-Besiktas ferry to Besiktas. You can reach the U.S. Embassy when you take one of the buses 40T or 22 from the Bahcesehir University stop from Besiktas and get off at the Kaplicalar station.
  3. If you are coming from Kartal, Maltepe, Pendik, Tuzla, you can ride on a bus by getting off at Sanayi Street station. You can arrive at the U.S. Embassy when you get off at the Kaplicalar station by taking the bus number 29S from the bus stop here.

If you’re coming from the European Side: 

 You need to follow the following routes:

  1. If you come from Büyükçekmece, Beylikduzu, Avcilar, Kucukcekmece, Bahcelievler, you can reach the U.S Embassy when you get off the bus number 29S from Mecidiyekoy by taking the metro bus from any Metrobus station and get off at Kaplicalar station.
  2. If you are coming from Bagcilar, Gungoren, take the Kabatas-Bagcilar tram at Zeytinburnu station and go on with Metrobus. You can reach the U.S Embassy when you get off at the bus stop in Mecidiyekoy and take the bus number 29S.
  3. You can reach the U.S. Embassy after taking the 40T from Taksim and get off at the Kaplicalar station.

What are the working hours of the Embassy?

    The Embassy is open for its visitors from 8 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening. However, don’t forget that you need to make an appointment beforehand for non-emergency services. Unfortunately, the Embassy doesn’t provide service at the weekend. For that reason, try to make sure that you make your appointment as soon as possible. 

Who is an ambassador?

    An ambassador is a diplomat that is the highest representative of an ambassador country in another country. Ambassadors represent the head of the state of the country that they’re the citizens of.  

Who is the current US ambassador to Turkey?

David M. Satterfield was nominated to become the U.S. ambassador to Turkey by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump on February 15. Currently, as an ambassador, Satterfield carries out the duty in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. He’s known for his membership in the Senior Foreign Service and duty of Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs since 2017.

Who is the current US ambassador in Istanbul?

Jennifer Davis the current U.S. ambassador in Istanbul. She started her duty as the ambassador in Istanbul in 2016. It’s known that she worked as a lawyer before she started her diplomacy career. Having become the ambassador of the U.S. in a metropolitan city when was only 44 years old makes her even more popular in Turkey. Just another reason why she becomes a public figure is the campaigns that she carries out for women’s rights. As a female diplomat, she represents a good example for women. 

How Can I travel to Turkey?

    Just like every other country, you need to complete some legal procedures to visit Turkey. The first and most important one of these procedures is to have a visa. Before hopping on a plane to Turkey, you must complete all the paperwork that is necessary.

What is a visa?

    It’s simply an official permit taken from the authorities of that country in order to visit that foreign country. More specifically, it is a registration document showing that a foreigner who can legally travel to another country and that they can enter the border authorities by going to the border gate of his country.

Where do you get the visa from?

    You can get a visa from the following institutions: 

  1. From the Consulate Section of the Embassy of the country.
  2. From the Consulate General
  3. Or some countries may also give visas through their Honorary Consulates.

Which legal documents are needed for getting visas?

  1. Passport: Passport is a document that enables people to go to a foreign country for business, touristic or health purposes. Shortly, it’s your international ID. Don’t forget to make sure that your passport has been valid for at least 6 months from the date of return.
  2. Visa Application Form: It’s a form for the country of destination. 
  3. Visa Request Petition: Addressing the embassy/consulate of the country; visa request petition covering the purpose of departure, the city to be visited, the round trip date and the travel plan. It’s necessary to write by hand. You can’t write it online. 
  4. A Biometric Photo: To put it on your international ID, your passport.
  5. Reservations and Flight Tickets: The country that you want to travel to wants to know about your purpose of visit and the places you want to go to. For that reason, you need to show your hotel reservations and flight tickets.
  6. Travel Health Insurance: A document that starts 1 day before your travel date and must end 1 day after your return date. During your visit, in case of a health problem, they pay money. 
  7. Professional Documents: The aim of these documents is to prove your profession legally.
  8. Property Records: Records of immovable property owned by the person.
  9. Bank Account Information: It is a document showing your economic situation. While traveling abroad, the embassy/consulate expects the traveler to show a certain amount of money in the bank account.

How long time needed to get a visa for Turkey?

    Getting your visa by the Turkish Government might last up to 12 hours. If you make your appointment before 11 in the morning, you can get the visa the same day. It is advised to apply for a visa online. The reason is that you can start your application at least 90 days before your arrival in Turkey. This makes everything easier for you and enables you not to waste your time.

How much does a Turkey visa cost?
    It’s better to apply for the visa online through the official website of the Republic of Turkey. If you order your visa through the website, it costs $35. Besides, you need to pay a $1.05 service fee. You have different options for the payment. These options include paying by credit or debit cards. If you want to use the online application, there are some points that you need to be careful about. You should apply at least 48 hours before you’re traveling and you can do it up to 3 months in advance.

How can I pass my visa interview?

    Before giving a visa, you need to pass an interview. This interview will take place in the embassy of the country that you want to visit. Here are some tips for you to pass it easily:

  1. Talk about Your Country: Showing that you have strong ties with your hometown will make a good impression.
  2. Speak for Yourself: Being confident always works. Don’t hesitate to speak your mind and feel confident.
  3. Documentation: Make sure that all the required documents are ready. 
  4. A Positive Attitude: Try to be positive and not get into an argument with the consular.

What currency should I take to Turkey?

    Turkey’s official currency is the Turkish Lira. For that reason, it’d be for your good to bring Turkish Lira with you when you want to visit Turkey. There’re exchange offices in Istanbul and all the other cities in Turkey so you can exchange your money into Turkish Lira, too. But the important thing is that bringing euros might cause a lose out.

How much money should I take to Istanbul for a week?

    After getting your visa and completing all the necessary procedures, when you’re finally ready to go to Turkey, make sure that you take enough money with you to enjoy Istanbul as much as possible. On average, it is usually enough to take 214.56 dollars for a vocation that lasts for a week.  But don’t forget to exchange your money into Turkish Liras when you arrive. For your information, 214,56 dollars equal to 1,324 Turkish Liras. There might be changes in the currency, tho. It’s an average price and for one person. 

Just like in many different citizens of many different countries, U.S. citizens are highly interested in trips and vacations to Istanbul. If you are one of them, don’t forget to follow the steps above before coming to Turkey. They all will help things work easier. Here is one last but not the least piece of advice: Don’t forget to take a ferry tour in the Bosphorus. 

What Structures Dot The Istanbul Skyline

Istanbul’s Skyline is one of the most beautiful in the entire world. With it’s old and historic buildings such as mosques, churches, minarets, belltowers, city fortifications, lighthouses, bridges and with the new buildings like skyscrapers, highrises, malls, it offers a unique and breathtaking sight for those who lift up their heads and look straight to the horizon in order to see the city in its entirety.

Istanbul is not one unique portrait that you might be used to seeing looking at the photos of a city, it is a big city with around 15 million inhabitants, so it has many different ways to look and see this city. There are many silhouettes in this city to enjoy. For example, you can climb the Galata Tower to look over the strait of Istanbul in order to see the most classic view of this magnificent city, or you can go to the Pierre Loti hill in order to look at Istanbul’s skyline from a different perspective.

The Minarets

When you first take a look at Istanbul’s skyline, the first thing that you will notice is how much minarets there are like spears pointing to the skies. They can be called the “belltowers” of the mosques. There are mosques with as little as a single minaret and there’s a mosque with 6 of them. Some of the minarets are quite recently built, but some of them are as ancient as the conquest of the city. Here are some of the mosques that offer the best view with their minarets:

  • Beyazit Mosque
  • Fatih Mosque
  • Sultanahmet Mosque
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Ortakoy Mosque
  • Eyup Sultan Mosque
  • Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque
  • Kalenderhane Mosque
  • Shehzade Mehmet Mosque
  • New Mosque (construction started in 1597)
  • Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque

Some of the mosques are gigantic with very long minarets that differ in architecture regarding the period that they were built in.

Beyazit Mosque
Located right next to Beyazit Square in the Historic Peninsula, Beyazit Mosque was built in the time of Sultan Beyazit II in 1505 and is among the important Istanbul mosques. There were mosques, madrasahs, baths, kitchens, caravanserais and accommodation places in the area built as Beyazit Complex during that period. Of these, the kitchen and caravanserai still serve as the Istanbul University Library. The madrasah of the period serves as the Turkish Calligraphy Museum.

The Fatih Mosque was built in the time of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1463 and is located in the Fatih district. It includes a madrasa, hospital, library, caravanserai and Turkish bath. It is also among the most important Istanbul mosques.

The Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmed I in the 17th century, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mosques and architectural structures of Istanbul and the world with its magnificent architecture and six minarets. This name of the mosque is Sultanahmet Mosque, it is known as the Blue Mosque internationally, it comes from the magnificent blue Iznik tiles. Sultanahmet Mosque, which was the only six minaret mosque in Istanbul, now shares this reputation with Camlıca Mosque, which opened to worship on Camlıca Hill in 2019. It is the most visited mosque in the world.

The Suleymaniye Mosque, built by Mimar Sinan between 1550 and 1557 in honor of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, fascinates visitors with its magnificent architecture and its dominant position in Istanbul. It is considered as one of the most important examples of classical Ottoman architecture. The central dome, 150 ft high and 80 ft large in diameter, carried by four large pillars called elephant legs. The complex is located on the highest hill in the middle that sees the Golden Horn, Marmara, Topkapi Palace, and the Bosphorus. It consists of mosques, madrasahs, darussifa, darulhadis, fountains, darulkurra, daruzziyafe, imaret, hamam, tabhane, library, and shops. Tombs of Sultan Süleyman and Mimar Sinan are also located in this complex.

Ortakoy Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. The official name is Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque. Ortakoy Mosque, which was constructed in the 19th century in the period of Sultan Abdulmecit in a position overlooking the Bosphorus in the Ortakoy district, also appears in the most popular Istanbul photographs.

Eyup Sultan Mosque is located in Eyup, at the northern end of the Golden Horn. At the same time, it is located where Eyyubu El-Ensari is buried. During the period, a tomb and a mosque were built here upon the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. The first mosque built in 1458 was destroyed and today’s mosque was built with the order of Sultan Selim III. It was built between 1798-1800. Eyup Sultan Mosque and the Pierre Loti hill around it are flooded with many visitors every day.

Those are some of the bigger and most popular mosques with the most spectacular and longest minarets, other mosques in this list and also others that are not on this list have also beautiful minarets with different architectural specifics regarding the period that they were built in.

The Towers

All the towers of Istanbul have been elements of the city’s identity with their functional features and symbolic values ​​that they once had. For example, Beyazit Fire Tower, which was built in order to keep ruin away from the old Istanbul which was famous for its fires, was in a very important position in order to prevent this danger as soon as possible. Galata Tower had served for the same purpose for many years. The Maiden Tower(Kizkulesi), which was the subject of legends, was used for military purposes due to its strategic location before the Ottoman era. The entrance of the Bosphorus, which became a safe place in the Ottoman period, the tower was used in roles suitable for its glory (the Pearl of the Bosphorus): It was a lighthouse that guided the ships and saved them from hitting the rocks and drifting in difficult situations. Canons were also fired from here during the ceremonies. Dolmabahce Clock Tower, which is on the same parallel line as the Maiden’s Tower, but on the European side, is next to the Yıldız Clock Tower along with its architectural value. It was one of the important visual symbols of Abdulhamid the 2nd’s government.

Galata Tower
It was built for the purpose of defense of the city in 1438 by the Genoese who were in conflict with the Byzantines. It was rising at the top of the city with the walls surrounding the upper part of the city and equipped with small towers. Although there is not much left from these walls destroyed with the order of Sultan Mehmed II (Conqueror), Galata Tower was a tempting structure to be subject to the poems of Fatih. For him, the tower was the symbol of Galata, or Christian beauty, where the non-Muslim population lived densely. Because of being close to the shipyard, prisoners used as forsa(galley slave) or other works were also imprisoned here for a while. The tower was later used as a fire tower due to its dominant position. This function disappeared with the spread of masonry buildings in the Pera region, the center of Westernization, and became a ruined building abandoned in the 20th century. With the restoration work carried out in the 60s, a cone was also clothed on the tower, which was opened to tourist visitations. It can be said that this cone added later added to the beauty of the tower. Galata Tower is also known as the place where Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, a famous Turkish scholar of the 17th century, flew from the tower to Uskudar with wings of his own making attached to his back.

Maiden’s Tower (Kizkulesi)
Among the towers of Istanbul, this is the one that is subject to legends the most. Because of this feature, it has become one of the most important symbols of Istanbul. The tower has been rebuilt and modified many times since its construction. Sources firstly reference a structure in this region in 411 BC but the mention doesn’t describe a tower-like building. The tower also served as a place where some government officials were punished from time to time. In the 1600s, the Maiden Tower looks like a small castle with a crenel in the engraving-panorama made by G. J. Grelot and considered the most reliable painting of Istanbul. The tower, which was devastated in 1719, was overhauled by Grand Vizier İbrahim Pasha between 1725-1726, a glass pavilion was placed on the ground and its dome was covered with lead. It also took today’s appearance to a large extent in this repair. The tower, which was used as a quarantine hospital against the cholera epidemic in the 1830s. It was repaired again during the reign of Mahmud II. It lost its function in the Republican period and was used as a lighthouse. The building, which was empty after 1992, was recently restored and re-opened for the visitation of the tourists.

Beyazit Fire Tower
Before the tower’s most recent re-make, which is built in masonry, other fire towers made of wood were rising in the same area, but they were destroyed by various fires. In their place in 1828, this tower, probably built by Senerkim Balyan, rose but was partially damaged and repaired in the fire of 1894. This tower, which was built to prevent fires, has been destroyed by fire, which is a strange twist on history. Until recently, the tower was still used by firefighters, but nowadays it is used for meteorological observations. Located in one of the highest places in Istanbul, the tower is in a unique position to take panoramic Istanbul photos.

Yildiz and Dolmabahce Clock Towers
Sultan II. Abdulhamid was not a sultan that was among his people very much so he wanted to overcome this “invisibility” through public works, so he ordered clock towers in the important centers of the empire such as Istanbul, Damascus, and Izmir to be built. The Dolmabahce Clock Tower, which created a unique view along the Bosphorus along with the Maiden’s Tower, was built by the Balyan family between 1890 and 1894. The tower, which is 80 ft high and sits on a marble platform, was created by the use of neoclassical and empirical style elements in a selective style. The Yildiz Clock Tower, in 1890, was built with an eclectic style like Dolmabahce. However, the reputation on the state floor was higher because it was near the new palace of the dynasty, Yildiz Palace, hence its name.

The Belltowers

The belltowers of Istanbul are an integral part of the city’s skyline, which is full of them if you know where to look. Istanbul was and is too significant Christian communities that built their churches around the city, so among the minarets of the mosques, there are also the belltowers of these churches. Here are some of the most significant of these churches in regard to their belltowers:

  • The Greek Patriarchate in Fener and The Aya Yorgi Patriarchate Church
  • Hagia Triada Church (Church of the Holy Trinity)
  • Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
  • Saint Pierre Church
  • Hagia Istefanios Church (Bulgarian Church is also known as the “Iron Church”)

Fener Greek Patriarchate and Aya Yorgi Patriarchate Church (St. George) are located in the Fener district on the shore of the Golden Horn and share the same courtyard. There are valuable objects in Aya Yorgi Church and the throne from the 5th century is the most striking one.

Hagia Triada Church (Church of the Holy Trinity)
The Greek Orthodox Hagia Triada Church is located on the left of Siraselviler street just before turning to Istiklal Street in Taksim and dates back to the 1880s. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Istanbul. It catches the eyes of those who come to Taksim with its magnificent dome and two bell towers.

St. Antony of Padua Catholic Church
Located on Istiklal Street in Taksim. St. Antony of Padua Church ranks among the most beautiful and magnificent churches of Istanbul. The church, built in 1912 in Italian neo-gothic style, is also the largest church in Istanbul and in a position of the church that has the most populated Catholic congregation in Istanbul.

Church St. Pierre, which is located on the same street as Galata Tower in Karakoy, was built in 1841. The church was moved here after Galata’s Dominican priests seized the churches, which are now the Arab Mosque. The back walls of the church, with its Basilica style and the four-sided altar, were built inside a section of the old Genoese walls of Galata. Every morning a mess in Italian is held out in the church.

The Bulgarian Church Aya Istefanos, which is also known as the Iron Church is located on the coast of the Golden Horn, close to the Fener district. It attracts a lot of attention with its golden yellow ornaments and architectural appearance. The iron molds used in its structure were brought from Vienna in 1871 by ships.

The Bridges

There are three gigantic structures, all modern, that mark the skyline of the cross-continental city; the crossing bridges. They are;

  • The July 15th Martyrs Bridge (Previously the Bosphorus Bridge)
  • Sultan (Conqueror) Mehmed II Bridge
  • Sultan Selim Bridge

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of the two suspension bridges located on the Bosphorus Strait connecting the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. One leg of the bridge is Ortaköy on the European Side, and the other leg is in the Beylerbeyi districts on the Anatolian Side.

Sultan Mehmet II Bridge is the suspension bridge between Kavacik and Rumeli Hisarustu in Istanbul, connecting Asia and Europe for the second time after the Bosphorus Bridge. The construction of the bridge started on January 4, 1986, was completed on July 3, 1988.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, which connects the Bosphorus for the third time, was named after the 9th Ottoman sultan, its first caliph and the “conqueror of the Middle East”, Yavuz Sultan Selim. The bridge legs are located in the Garipçe neighborhood of Sarıyer on the European Side and the Poyrazköy district of Beykoz on the Anatolian Side.

Honorable Mention

The Hagia Sophia Museum
This museum is one of the most significant buildings that are part of the mosaic that is Istanbul’s skyline. It was first a Church then a Mosque, lastly it was made a museum in the Republican period. It has 3 minarets that were built in order to support the building after an earthquake. It has a tower that is original to the structure.

Istanbul’s skyline is dotted and pierced by many high structures both ancient and modern. In this post, we talked about the most iconic ones that come to mind when a picture or a painting of the city is mentioned. These structures are equally the city’s most beautiful aspects and places to see the beauty of the city from, so when you visit Istanbul don’t just consider them as part of the scenery but also look for the ones that you can climb in order to see breathtaking views.

Ready to Get Mesmerized by Istanbul’s Strait?

Are you one of those who says “Not a day goes by that I can’t see the sea!”? If yes, then open your arms! Istanbul is waiting for you. Without a doubt, Strait of Istanbul or more commonly known as Bosphorus is going to be your lifetime lover.

What is The Strait of Istanbul?

Bosphorus is a natural and narrow strait located in northwestern Turkey. Besides its natural beauty, it also has national and international significance. For Turkey, it’s the most significant waterway thanks to its geopolitical location. Turkey is divided by Bosphorus as it’s separating Anatolia from Thrace. Internationally, Bosphorus is a bridge and boundary between Europe and Asia. The length of the Bosphorus is 18 miles. The average depth of the Bosphorus is 200 feet in total. On the other hand, the deepest areas of the Bosphorus are known as 393 feet. Also, it is known as the narrowest strait which is used for international voyages. Through the Bosphorus, almost all the naval traffic of the Black Sea passes. Moreover, it is inevitable to mention the other strait which is Dardanelles when it’s about popular straits of Turkey. It was formed by a collapse that occurred at the end of the 3rd geological time. Its length is 40 miles. The widest part of the strait is 19028 ft, the narrowest part is 4101 ft (Kilit Bahir Castle between Cimlik Castle) and the deepest part is 347 ft.

Is it Bosphorus or Bosporus?

You can see different variations of the name of the strait and you might get confused but no worries, because both are actually correct. It is known that the origin of the name of the strait comes from the word Βόσπορος (​Bosporos) in Ancient Greek. In Turkish, it is referred to as “Istanbul Bogazi” which simply means Istanbul Strait.

Why Is It Called Bosphorus?

According to some other sources, Bosphorus has its origins from a Thracian word that means the passage of the cows. It is known that this belief is related to an Ancient Greek myth of Zeus and his lover Io. According to the legend, Hera, angry wife of Zeus, sends a gadfly which is a type of fly that bites horses or cattle to take her revenge from Io. By doing so, she wants her to wander without having any rest. During this voyage, Io passes by Bosphorus and after that, it was started to be called  Bosphorus or “path of cattle.” One way or another, today it is widely known as and popular for its name Bosphorus or Istanbul Bogazı.

The Iconic Bridges of Istanbul

Istanbul is a big, old city with an Asian side and European side. Divided by a strait, Istanbul is in need to be connected with its two sides to each other. At this point, some famous structures come into the spotlight. So, here is the list of the bridges in Istanbul:

  • Bosphorus Bridge
  • Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
  • Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge
  • Galata Bridge
  • Golden Horn Metro Bridge

How long are These Bridges?

Bosphorus Bridge: Bosphorus Bridge is known as the first constructed bridge to connect two, Asian and Anatolian sides. On the European side, the bridge starts in Ortakoy and on the Anatolian side, it ends in Beylerbeyi. It was opened on 30 October 1973, one day after 29 October which was the 50th anniversary of the Republic. It was officially called  Bosphorus Bridge till July 26, 2016. In 2016, after the coup attempt, it is started to be called as ​15 July Martyrs Bridge​ to honor those civilian victims. The bridge, which has a total length of 5118 ft, has a middle span of 1074, a width of 33.40 and a height of 209 feet from the sea. Besides its important function of connecting two sides to each other, it also becomes a tourist attraction and a landmark of Istanbul.

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge: Due to heavy traffic, Bosphorus Bridge was inadequate for the highly increasing population of Istanbul. For this reason, there was a need for a new bridge. To fulfill this need, construction of the bridge was started in May 2013 and it was completed on October 24, 2014. Bridge legs are 1112 feet above sea level, 1056 and 1049 feet from the ground. The Bridge takes its name from the 7​th​ sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Fatih Sultan Mehmet.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge: The bridge is spanning over Istanbul Strait. The main aim of the bridge is to serve as a road for motor vehicles and trains to transit over the Bosphorus. The route of the bridge is located in Sariyer. It’s in Garipce neighborhood on the European Side and in Poyrazkoy district of Beykoz on the Anatolian Side. The bridge comes first for its many different features such as:

  • The bridge is the widest in the world with a width of 193 feet,
  • The tallest suspended bridge with a tower height of 1056 feet
  • World’s tallest suspension bridge with its second tallest tower in all bridge classes
  • The longest with all the main suspension bridges with its main span of 3428 feet,
  • The ninth among all the suspension bridges.
  • It is the longest middle span suspension bridge.

The construction was started in May 2013 and it lasted for 27 months. it was opened in August 2016. Just like Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge takes its name from a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Selim I or also known as Yavuz Sultan Selim. He was the 9​th sultan of the Empire.

The Galata Bridge: History of the bridge dates back to ancient times. The fifth of the Galata Bridge, which has been built and destroyed 4 times throughout its history, was built in 1994 and is still in service today. What makes this bridge even more attractive is the activities that not only tourists but also locals can do. If you wonder which activities that this bridge serves, here’s a list that you’re looking for!

  • Eating Out: Along with many fish restaurants underneath, it’s a great option for a romantic dinner.
  • Fishing: Walking on the Galata Bridge is also the best stopping point for fishing lovers.
  • The Amazing View: When you come to the middle, watching Istanbul Bosphorus view, city lines ferries and live city life is one of the most beautiful activities in this region.

Golden Horn Bridge Metro Bridge: Golden Horn Bridge is one of the bridges that spanning over the Golden Horn in Istanbul. It lies between Ayvansaray and Halicioglu. It is 3264 feet long, also 6 feet high above sea level. Although it has a beautiful view, there is just one point that you need to be careful about. In the wintertime, due to icing that occurs on the bridge, many accidents take place. For this reason, we recommend you to be careful If you visit Istanbul in the wintertime.

How popular is The Strait of Istanbul?

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Bosphorus is on the top of the holiday list for foreign visitors but do not think that it is only limited to people from other countries because It also attracts Turkish people from different cities as well. On the other hand, the fact that almost every shore of the strait serves local people as their home leads us to the conclusion that Bosphorus is number one for locals too. Bosphorus with its two coasts gives a breath to metropolitan Istanbul with a population of 17 million.

Does Turkey control the Bosphorus?

The best answer to be given to this question is yes. According to a convention which is called Montreux Convention, Bosphorus Strait, and Dardanelles Strait have been controlled by Turkey since 1936. This convention also aims to make a regulation for the passage of warships between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Seas. Again, according to this convention, as long as it’s peacetime, Turkey has the main principle and this includes the freedom of the passage.

Can you swim in the Bosphorus?

Yes, you can swim in the Bosphorus but, there is a but there. It is not really advised. If you wonder the reason why, well it is all about your health and safety. As being one of the most famous straits of the World, Bosphorus Strait also has heavy maritime traffic. As a result of this, it is highly polluted. On the other hand, as the Bosphorus is highly deep, it might cause an unpleasant situation If you don’t take the necessary precautions before you swim. However, we have a piece of good news for you If you are really determined to enjoy the cold water of the Strait. Keep reading!

Have you ever heard of the Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race?

If you can take your eyes off the beautiful the Strait and decide to make your life even more excited, just stop and think about Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race. It’s a great opportunity to swim in Bosphorus and enjoy the precious feeling of rivalry.

What is the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race?

It’s basically a competition for swimming lovers. It is held every year in July. Last year, in 2019 it was​ ​held for the 31st time on 21 July. Many visitors from inside and outside of Turkey pay great attention to this race. Reportedly, 4 thousand swimmers from 51 countries applied for the race last year. It’s clear that it has great importance for both Turkey and Bosphorus. Thanks to this race, Bosphorus which is already widely known by the whole world becomes much more popular.

What is the Age Range of the Competitors?

In this super exciting race, there are competitors from different nationalities, genders, and ages. Reportedly, the youngest competitor is 14 years old in the meantime the oldest one is 89 years old.

Which Countries Do Competitors Participate in the Race From?

The intense interest of countries such as Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom to the Bosphorus Intercontinental Swimming Race never stops nearly every year. In addition to these countries, ​for the first time, swimmers from Indonesia, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, and the Philippines have applied to paddle between the two continents.

How Can We Apply for the Race?

For auditions, candidates are able to make an appointment at which is ​the official website for the race. Generally, applications start in April. As the race catches a great deal of attention from all over the world, there is not always enough vacancy. For that reason, there is a limitation. Applications are limited to 1200 for Turkish people and 1200 for foreign people. Last year, the quota became filled in 28 minutes as soon as the applications started.

How Will You Get Elected for the Race?

Nearly 3 thousand candidates for the 1200 Turkish swimmer quota compete in the elections to be held in Istanbul, Samsun, Adana, Ankara, and Izmir. The first one is held in Istanbul and, the last one is held in Izmir. As a result of this preselection, out of 3000 applicants, only 1200 of them will be able to become a candidate for the race.

How to Spend Quality Time in Istanbul?

If you can’t decide what to do to spend a good time and enjoy your trip to Istanbul, Bosphorus offers you many options. The best one of them is the Bosphorus Cruise Tour. This tour includes a voyage starting from Eminönü Galata Bridge to Anatolian poplar.

What’s the Route of the Tour?

For the route, you have different options. First of all, you can choose a route that includes a tour that starts from Eminönü and goes on with Karakoy, Kadikoy, Uskudar, and Besiktas respectively.​ You can reach the necessary information about the Current City Lines Ferry Routes, Timeline, Fees at ​​.

Short Bosphorus Tour on a Ferry

To have a tour of Bosphorus, ferries are great options. Short Bosphorus tours with the City Lines Ferry start at Eminonu Pier at 2:30 p.m. and stop by Uskudar and Ortakoy piers, respectively. On the way back, stop by Ortakoy and Uskudar Piers and the tour ends at Eminönü Pier at 4.30 p.m. It lasts for 2 hours.

Long Bosphorus Tour on a Ferry

Long Bosphorus tours with the City Lines Ferry start at Eminönü Pier at 10.35 a.m and stop by Beşiktaş, Üsküdar, Kanlıca, Sarıyer, Rumelikavagi and Anadolu Kavagi Pier respectively. Anadolu Kavagi is reached at 12.25p.m, where a break is given until 3 p.m. On the way back, stop by Anadolu Kavagi, Rumelikavagi, Sariyer, Kanlica, Uskudar and Besiktas piers and the tour ends at Eminonu Pier at 4.40 p.m. It lasts for 6 hours.

If your path ever crosses with Istanbul, don’t forget to enjoy it as much as possible, participate in one of the most exciting swimming races, have a peaceful dinner by the Bosphorus and lastly, take a Bosphorus tour. It’s easy to get used to Istanbul but it’s hard to leave! Thankfully, Istanbul is always there to embrace its visitors.