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What’s There To Do In Istanbul?

Istanbul is a great city that offers many things to do for its visitors. It is an ancient city that has been the capital to 3 major empires that spans over two continents, at the gate of one of the most important water gates of the world. It offers many historic and natural wonders to see and experience. Istanbul is a sort of “mosaic” in activities to do. It is one of the most prominent cultural centers in the world. There are many concerts, expos, sports activities and fairs that you can enjoy in this city.

Must-See Places

Istanbul has nearly an infinite span of places and curiosities for the avid explorer, but some of the places to see are a must because they are so complexly beautiful that they each have some part of them that can attract anybody. Here are the most important places that no visitor should miss:

  • Istanbul Strait
  • Galata Tower
  • Sultanahmet Square
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Belgrade Forest
  • Golden Horn (also known as the “Ancient City”
  • Maiden’s Tower (Kizkulesi)
  • Prince’s Islands
  • Rumelian and Anatolian Fortresses
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Fener Greek Patriarchate
  • Various Mosques ( primarily Suleymaniye, Ortakoy, Eyupsultan…)
  • Various Palaces and Manors ( Dolmabahce, Yildiz…)
  • Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
  • Various Museums (Hagia Irini, Cinili Kosk…)

These places are only a fraction of what to see and do in Istanbul, and most of the places in this list are historical places. Let me go over some of them in order to offer you some insight into whether you could be interested in visiting.

The Strait of Istanbul is a body of water running between two seas (the Marmara Sea and the Blacksea) separating Europe from Asia. It offers one of the most unique and magnificent views in the world in a city that is established on the two coasts of these two continents across and that has been one of the most important water “gates” of the world. Because of this strategically important placement, the city has been coveted by many civilizations over the course of history. This resulted in the city having many artifacts and historical attractions remaining from the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire periods. You can take ferry tours in order to see this beautiful part of the world in a general and timely manner. In order to get a better idea of what you can see and how you can participate in these tours you can see my other post here:

The Galata Tower offers one of the best views of Istanbul and it’s straight. You can take the most amazing pictures of the city if you climb to the top floor. Galata Tower is the historical tower in the Galata district in Istanbul. The tower was built by Genoese who settled in Galata in the 14th century, in 1348, in addition to the walls of the Galata, in order to protect their territory against foreign invaders. It is the main tower of the Galata fortification walls. It was used as a prison for prisoners who worked in the Kasimpasa shipyard in the 16th century and later was transformed into the warehouse of the shipyard. Today it continues to serve Istanbulites (the name given to the inhabitants of the city), and visitors in another way; it serves as a restaurant from where you can enjoy a nice breakfast or dinner for looking at the city’s beautiful view during the day or its lights during the evenings and nights. You can reach further information through the website of the tower here:

Sultanahmet Square is an absolute must to see when you visit Istanbul. The square is between two of the most iconic buildings in the world; Sultanhamet ( Blue ) Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum (previously mosque and church). The square has been a hippodrome during the Byzantine Empire on the edges of the Imperial Palace. It has many other historical artifacts that are overwhelmed by the two colossal historical landmarks. Here’s a list of what you can see while you are on the square:

  • Sultanahmet ( Blue ) Mosque
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • The Obelisk of Theodosius
  • Serpent Column
  • Constantine Obelisk
  • German Fountain

I have not mentioned some of the artifacts on and around the square, a number of the non-listed artifacts we will talk about but there are simply too many parts to this square to mention all of them under one single heading. In order to get the preview of the square before visiting it, you can look at this link:

Topkapi Palace Museum; after Fatih Sultan Mehmed conquered Istanbul in 1453, the palace started to be built in 1460 and was completed in 1478. It was built on an area of 7.500.000 square feet on the Eastern Roman acropolis in Sarayburnu, at the tip of the historical Istanbul peninsula between the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn. It has been used as the administration, education and art center of the empire for approximately four hundred years from the Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror to the 31st sultan, Sultan Abdulmecid, and was also the sultan’s residence.

After the founding of the Republic of Turkey on April 23rd, it became a museum in 1924 and is the first museum of the Republic. Topkapi Palace Museum currently covers an area of about 3.200.000 square feet. The walls that separated the palace from the city are; by land Sur-i Sultani (Sultan’s Wall), commissioned to be built by Mehmet II separated the palace from the city by land, and the East Roman walls separated the Palace by the sea. The palace is one of the largest palace-museums of the world with its architectural structures, collections, and nearly 300,000 archived documents. You can find more on the website of the place:

Belgrad Forest is a great escape point for both Istanbulites and those coming from outside the city. Access to this place, which has a wonderful nature, is quite easy. Many people have a very pleasant time here. Belgrad Forest is located at the eastern end of the Catalca Peninsula. Located on the European Side, this place is located towards the north of the city near the Black Sea and the east of the Bosphorus. Spread over an area of 12.500 acres, the highest point of the Belgrad Forest is 800 feet. Dozens of tree species such as chestnuts, beech, hornbeam, and oak can be found here. This forest, which is used as a promenade nowadays, contains historical water dams which are to meet the water needs of the ancient city. These were built in; the two Sultan Mahmut Dams (1839), Valide Dam (1796) and Topuzlu Dam (1750).

The Golden Horn shores are one of the popular tourist areas of the historical peninsula, they are among the must-see places in your Istanbul trip. The Golden Horn, which has a long and narrow and also horn-shaped geographical structure, separates the European side of Istanbul. Since it is one of the most natural ports in the world, Byzantine and Ottoman navies and those that worked in commercial shipping have been gathered around the Golden Horn region for centuries. The Golden Horn shores, where the water is golden at sunset, are surrounded by beautiful parks and walking paths. There are wooden houses, churches, and streets filled with synagogues from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods in Fener and Balat districts on the central bank of the Golden Horn. At the same time, the Orthodox Patriarchate is here.

One of the indispensable places to see the Bosphorus view is undoubtedly the Maiden’s Tower. The tower, built on a tiny island just off Salacak, has been the subject of many legends. One of them and the best known is the Leandros legend. The Maiden’s Tower, which dates back to 24 BC, has been used as a defense fortress, exile station, prison, quarantine room, radio station, tax point and lighthouse throughout its long history. The tower, which is the symbol of Uskudar, was restored in 2000 by a private company and opened to service as a cafe and restaurant. The Maiden Tower is accessible by boat from Uskudar Salacak and Kabatas. There is a ring service every day between 09.00-18.45 from Uskudar Salacak pier. On weekends ring services are available from Kabatas between 09.00-18.45. You can get more information on the historic tower at the official website:

The beauties of Buyukada, which is the most visited and the biggest one among the Prince’s Islands in Istanbul, welcome you warmly from the pier. If you are wondering about the historical buildings of the island rather than its nature, it is enough to take a short trip on the main streets. Hagia Yorgi Church is the most visited and one of the most beautiful places in Buyukada. While going to this church, which is located on a very steep hill and difficult to reach, the scenery of the island is getting more and more beautiful. Buyukada and love are inseparable. The lovers, who escaped from the crowd of the city and came to climb the hill, which also took the name of Lover’s Hill, are among the most common sights of the island. You can spend the last hours of your day at Buyukada in Dilburun, where the sunset is one of the best views on the island, and you can take in the beautiful view that is Istanbul, which is illuminated by city lights, in one of the most peaceful spots in the world. Here are the websites of the Island’s District’s municipality and governorate for more information:
(You may have to use a translating tool in order to better understand the sites )

Rumelian Fortress was commissioned to be built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1452 as the first step of the conquest of Istanbul. The fortress built at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus established the control of the Byzantine main supplies road. Just across the shore is the Anatolian Fortress built by Beyazıt I. in the 14th century. The Rumelian Fortress, which lost its importance as a military base after the conquest of Istanbul, was used as a prison where foreign ambassadors and prisoners of war were held more frequently. Today it hosts events such as the International Istanbul Music and Dance Festival. The open-air theater in the fort was restored in 1953.

How to reach Rumelian Fortress; By bus: If you are on the Anatolian side to go to Rumelian Fortress you must first go to Besiktas. You can use the ferries and sea buses that travel from Kadikoy and Uskudar to pass to Besiktas. After reaching Besiktas, you can reach the Rumelian Fortress stop by using the buses numbered 22 İstinye-Kabatas, 22RE Fatih Sultan Mehmet-Besiktas, 25E Sariyer-Kabatas, 40 Rumelifeneri-Taksim, 40T Istinye-Taksim, 42T Bahcekoy-Taksim.

Anatolian Fortress, is located in the Anadoluhisari district of Istanbul.
The fortress, also known as Guzelce Fortress, is located where Goksu Creek flows into the Bosphorus. The fortress covers an area of 75.000 square feet. The huge tower complex that is the fortress, started to be built in 1393 with the instructions of Yildirim Beyazit and was completed in 1395. Anatolian Fortress and Rumelian Fortress are located mutually at a distance of 1800 feet where the Bosphorus is the narrowest. Anatolian Fortress, which has an important place throughout history, is the destination to thousands of local and foreign tourists as a historical visiting point. Covering a smaller area compared to Rumelian Fortress, the fortress can contribute to creating a longer visiting route as it is close to Goksu River. If you want to have a nice day full of history and culture, you can reserve a day to visit Anatolian Fortress and its surroundings.

There are restaurants inside and around the fortresses where you can enjoy a nice meal in those historic parts of the city. You have different alternatives to go to the Anatolian Fortress;
By bus: 11H Ortaçeşme-Umraniye, 15 Beykoz-Uskudar, 15F Beykoz-Kadıkoy, 15KC Cavusbasi-Uskudar, 15P Sogsu Mahallesi-Uskudar, 15T Tokatkoy-Uskudar bus lines can get you to the fortress.
By ferry: You can reach the fortress by getting on Cengelkoy-Istinye ferry lines and by getting off at Anadolu Hisari pier.

To reach further information (prices and visiting hours) about the fortresses you can access the website of the Fortresses Museum Administration through here:

The Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest indoor bazaar in the world, located at the heart of Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar, with its 60 alleys, more than three thousand shops, is a unique center in Istanbul that must be seen. It is like a giant maze, which resembles a city within the city and is covered in its entirety. It has developed and grown over time. The surrounding of two old buildings with thick walls dating from the 15th century covered with a series of domes has become a shopping center in the following centuries by covering the developing streets and making additions. You can shop for almost anything Turkish made here; Turkish delights, prayer rugs, handmade copperwork, all kinds of spices (although there’s a special bazaar for spices especially: The Egyptian Bazaar), jewelers, etc. If one day you decide to visit this great city, spare half a day to shop and visit this bazaar and drink some Turkish coffee from the coffee shops inside, you are sure to make the most beautiful photos here.

As you can see from what all I wrote above, Istanbul’s history alone would be enough to fill a week’s trip there to the brim. Of course, those places that I mentioned are not only the historical places of the city or the places that I mentioned aren’t all historical (Belgrad Forest) but in a city as ancient as Istanbul, you would be hard-pressed to find something that hasn’t rooted in history.

Night-life in Istanbul

Istanbul is the cultural capital of Turkey, a city of events. Istanbul can surprise you with its colorful and rich nightlife. If you want, you can have fun by going to classical entertainment venues or full-on festivals, concerts, and theatrical plays. Check out the programs and get tickets depending on the date you will stay in Istanbul and get involved in this colorful night-life. Amazing shows are performed in many venues at night in this city. UNIQ Hall Lounge, Volkswagen Arena, Salon IKSV, Babylon, Kucukciftlik Park, Ghetto, Jolly Joker Istanbul, Santral Istanbul, Garaj Istanbul, Turkcell Kurucesme Arena, Parkorman, Is Sanat Culture Center and Akbank Art Culture Center are the main places where these events are held.

You can go to the Istanbul Jazz Festival, which takes place between October – November at Is Sanat and Akbank Sanat. Many concerts and theatrical performances are held at these art centers throughout the year. Istanbul’s open-air concert centers host thousands of people, but they host many other events also. Kucukciftlik Park with a capacity of 17 thousand people, Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage, which hosted many famous artists from Leonard Cohen to Gloria Gaynor, Turkcell Kurucesme Arena with its unique Bosphorus view are just some of the nightlife entertainment venues.

If you decide to plan your trip in winter, Zorlu PSM, Babylon, Ghetto, If Performance Hall, The Hall, Santralistanbul and Volkswagen Arena will be the best venues for you. Musicals, theaters, concerts and numerous parties are organized in these show venues. You can be informed about the concert programs by following the internet and social media. To buy your tickets, choose Biletix or the show center booths. You can reach the ticketing website here:

Bars and Clubs

If your nightlife understanding consists of going to bars and night clubs, I can recommend Besiktas, Kadıkoy and Taksim venues for you. Popular places in recent years have been gathered especially in Kadıkoy. Therefore, let’s start with the entertainment centers of Kadıkoy. DOROCK XL is one of the preferred venues because it has the largest indoor live concert venue. It has a space to sit and eat, drink and chat, and the opportunity to listen to a concert every night. You can find plenty of craft beer selections that became famous recently. One of the most beautiful places is “Ayi” This place is between Kadikoy and Moda. If you like 90s concept things, “Eskici” is a very popular place that will make you love their music. These spaces, which are always full, invite you to have fun all night long. Apart from these places, we can list many places such as Karga, Zeplin, Arkaoda, Komodo and Monks that make Kadikoy the fun center of this kind.

You can start the night early in Besiktas. There are countless chocolatiers, third-generation coffee shops, and nice cafes. Many places such as Okkali Kahve, Happiness Point, Mendel’s Cafe, Cafe CakeHouse, Poets Coffee, Cefa de Cuba are the places I can recommend for you to have some snacks. Limoncello, Frame, Coco Bongo Night Club, Le Fumoir, Sponge Bar and Beer Point are some suggestions for the rest of the night.

Even though Taksim’s nightlife is not what it used to be, many places can still be incredibly entertaining. 45 ‘, Coop, Dorock Bar, Jolly Joker, The Bite, Eskici Live, Hard Rock, Dream Coffee, Indigo and In Roxy Taksim, are bustling places where the heart of entertainment beats.

Is the nightlife in Istanbul limited to bars, cafes, and concerts?
Definitely not. There are many activities in almost every district of the city. In the spring, these events become widespread and bring the city together. For example, Turkey’s first-night picnics “Urban Picnic” takes place in Istanbul Maslak Uniqa. There are also Moonlight Ferry Tours which you can enjoy with dinner. Everything is possible for entertainment in this city.

Nature Activities

Istanbul also offers the possibility to take long nature walks and go trekking in its unique nature offered by being surrounded by sea on two continents. Some of the parkour to enjoy are located in :

  • Avcikoru Nature Park ( Sile – Cekmekoy )
  • Ayvatbendi Nature Park ( Eyup )
  • Bendler Nature Park ( Sariyer )
  • Buyukada Nature Park ( Prince’s Islands )
  • Clingoz Nature Park ( Catalca )
  • Degirmenburnu Nature Park ( Prince’s Islands )

You can enjoy these places for their natural beauty and fresh air. You can relax and profit from the uniqueness of these parks and forests. There are also bird watching points in some of them. You can get further information and get to know about more of these natural wonders in the official website of the nature parks administration here:

In order to summarize; Istanbul is a city with different options to enjoy your stay there so plan ahead and decide on what you want to focus, history, nature, culture. You are sure to get whichever you wish in this awesome city.

Take out a Paper and Pen: Your Visa Guide to Istanbul

There are so many places that worth seeing in the world, yet there is so little time to travel and see all of them. However, if you have a “Where to Visit Before I Die” list, Istanbul is good enough to take a place in the top 3 without a doubt. As it is far away and out of your country, it might seem to you as a far-fetched dream to travel to Turkey and visit Istanbul but never say never! All you need to do is to make a good research about the requirements to travel to Istanbul and complete the legal procedures. It seems like you’re in the right place to make research to know everything about traveling to Istanbul so keep scrolling down for more!

What To Do When You Want to Visit Istanbul?

Just like many other countries, Turkey has some regulations for foreign visitors. Before setting out, you need to carry out some legal procedures. These procedures can be listed in two different categories. They are the things that you can do before and after coming to Turkey.

Things to Do Before Coming to Turkey

Do the U.S. Citizens Need a Visa to Visit Istanbul?

The first and the most important procedure that you need to complete is to get a visa. It’s officially known that both ordinary and diplomatic passport owners need a visa to travel to Turkey. 

What Is an Ordinary Passport?

Ordinary passports are mainly used by ordinary citizens of a country. Simply, if you’re an ordinary citizen without a diplomatic duty, you need an ordinary passport to travel internationally. This passport is nothing but a small book however it is more than a normal book in terms of its importance thinking that it is your international ID. You can use your ordinary passport for occasions like a business trip, vacation or education. You can recognize an ordinary passport from its color. The official color given to an ordinary passport is dark blue. This passport consists of 36 pages at least and 60 pages at most. It is named as P passport because it’s for personal use and the letter P represents the word personal

 What Is a Diplomatic Passport?

Diplomatic passports serve for the use of diplomats or government officers. It can only be used for official travels that require official duties in another country. Simply, it cannot be used for personal travels or vacations. The cover color of a diplomatic passport is black. As it is used for diplomatic purposes, it is categorized as a D type passport. It is no surprise that D stands for diplomacy.

How to Get a Visa?

Carrying out legal procures is not always easy-peasy. But here are some tips for you to make them easier: 

  1. If your plans include a journey that will last more than 3 months, then you need to visit the Turkish embassy or the Turkish consulate located in the U.S. personally. Sometimes there can be too many people that apply for a visa and this causes delays. Due to delays in visa procedures, it is highly advised to apply for a visa at least one month before your flight date in order to prevent yourself from any inconvenience.
  2. To get a visa, you need to make a payment to Turkish embassies for sure. However, it should not be forgotten that your application for the visa can be turned down by the Turkish government. In that case, the money that you pay for the application is not paid back. 
  3. All visa applicants who aim to visit Turkey are in need to have health insurance that covers the duration of your visit to Turkey. In case of any health problems that you might face during your journey, the insurance company will provide your needs. 
  4. You need to keep it in mind that the duration of all the applicants’ journey cannot last longer than 90 days in 6 months. In simpler words, it is not permitted to stay more than 90 days and you will need to renew your visa every 6 months. 
  5. If you want to stay longer, you need to extend your duration by applying for “short term residence”. You can carry out this procedure in the Directorate of Immigration. 
  6. If you’re under 18, you need to be accompanied by your parents which means you need your parents’ permission to travel internationally.    

Where Can I Apply for a Visa to Travel to Istanbul?

If e-visa is not an option for you, you need to visit a Turkish embassy or consulate located in the United States of America. This means that you need to get your papers ready and hand them out personally. Here is the required information for you. You can choose the nearest one to the place that you live in.

1- For Those Who Live in the Capital City: The Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC

 Address Information: 
2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
D.C. 20008 Washington/United States

Ambassador: Serdar Kilic
Working Hours: You can visit and apply for a visa from 09:30 pm to 1 pm.

How to Contact? 
It’d be better to ask your questions through email as you can’t always find someone authorized to get in contact through the phone. But still, here is the email address and the phone number that you can reach through: 

Phone numbers:
+1-202-612-6700 – +1-202-612-6701
Email: [email protected]

If you need further information and the latest news you can visit the link below:

2- If You Dwell in New York: Turkish Consulate General in New York

Address information: 
605 3rd Avenue, 30th Floor 10158  New York/United States

Ambassador: Alper Aktas
Working Hours: You can visit and apply for a visa on Monday – Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm.

How to Contact?
Don’t forget that you need to make an appointment to visit the Consulate. If you think that you can find an answer to your questions online, here is the email address: 
Email: [email protected]
For Further Information and the Latest News:

It’s less likely to contact through the phone, but still, it is an option: 
Phone Number: +1 (646) 430-6560

3- If You’re Near Somewhere Los Angeles: Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles

Address Information:
6300 Wilshire Boulevard., Nu: 2010 90048  Los Angeles, California

Ambassador: Can Oguz
Working hours: You can visit and apply for a visa from 9 am to 12 pm.

How to Contact?
Just like the other Turkish consulates and embassies, the Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles has phone numbers and email addresses too.
Email: [email protected]
Phone Numbers: +1 323 591 6480  – +1 323 591 6481 

For Further Information and the Latest News:

4- If Huston Is the Best Option for You: Turkish Consulate General in Houston

Address Information: 
1990 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 1300, Houston, Texas 77056-3813 U.S.A 

Ambassador: Akil Oktem
Working Hours: You can visit and apply for a visa from 9 am to 12 pm.

How to Contact?
Other ways to get in contact with the Consulate are through email and phone:
Email: [email protected]
Phone Numbers: +1 713-622 58 49 – +1 713-622 03 24 

For Further Information and the Latest News:

If you don’t have enough time to visit the embassies or consulates or if you don’t like serious places, there is a great option that suits you. Moreover, don’t forget to make an appointment beforehand and be careful about the working hours and days that are mentioned on the official pages of the Embassies and The Consulate Generals. An electronic system that enables you to apply for a visa online can be taken into consideration.

What Is E-Visa?

You can consider e-visa as a permission paper. This paper enables you to travel to Turkey. What makes it different from the visa that we get from the embassies and consulates-general is that you can get it online without waiting in line or visiting the embassies. For instance, as we all know, embassies and consulates are located in big cities. It means that If you leave in a small town, you will need to travel inside of your country first to go and visit the nearest embassy to you. It might sound a little exhausting so e-visa is a great service for you. 

How Much You Need to Pay for E-Visa?

According to the latest regulations, you need to pay $50 to get an e-visa to Turkey.  In addition to this, you have $1.05 to pay as a service fee.

How Can I Pay the Fee for E-Visa?

There are different options for payment. You can pay it with your credit card or debit card as well. Unfortunately, as it is an online application, you can’t pay it with cash.

How Can I Apply for E-Visa?

Good news: It is just one click away! You can visit the link below and start your application.

On the website, you will see the “Apply” section. By clicking on the section, you will be lead to an application form. In that application form, you will be expected to fill it with your personal information such as country and region that you’re coming from and the type of your passport.

On the next page, you will need to choose your arrival date for Turkey. Then, you will continue with a new form. In this new form, you will fill in the blanks with your ID information. This information includes:

  1. First name
  2. Surname
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Place of Birth
  5. Mother’s Name
  6. Father’s Name
  7. Passport Number
  8. Passport Issue Date 
  9. Passport Expiry Date
  10. Email Address
  11. Phone Number
  12. Address

When you finish the application, on the last page you will see your e-visa link or your e-visa will be sent to you by email. Don’t forget that e-visa is valid just for vacations or business trips. If you need the visa to get an education or work in Turkey, you will need to visit the Turkish Embassies or the Consulate Generals in your country. 

Who Is Eligible for E-Visa?

More than 100 countries worldwide are eligible for e-visa. Some of these countries include Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Malta, Mexico, Spain, and the USA.

Do I Need to Enter Turkey on an Exact Date?

The answer to this question is actually no. As your visa is valid for 90 days, you can visit the country on any date that your visa includes. 

Things You Can Do After Coming to Turkey:

As Istanbul is visited by many visitors in a year, everything to make getting a visa easier is done in Turkey. The citizens of the U.S. are one of those visitors who visit Turkey often. As a result of this popular demand, there is a privilege for U.S. citizens. So here are the things you can do after coming to Turkey. 

Can I Get My Visa After Coming to Turkey?

It might surprise you a little bit but yes. You can get your visa after hopping on your plane and arriving in Turkey. If you wonder how to get it, keep reading!

Where Can I Get My Visa After Coming to Turkey?

After getting off your plane in Istanbul, you can get your visa at the airport in Turkey. Both in Atatürk and Istanbul Airports, it is possible to carry out the procedures for a visa. There are special counters to carry out visa applications at the airports in Istanbul. However, don’t forget to make a subscription beforehand. Moreover, you can expect delays If you want to get your visa at the airport due to the excess demand.

What Is Required for an Airport Visa?

The point that you need to be careful about is the validity of your passport. Just like when you get a regular visa, you need a valid passport as well while getting an airport visa. Your passport needs to have at least 6 months of remaining validity to get an airport visa. Moreover, at least 3 blank pages must remain in your passport. And If your journey is planned to last less than 90 days, an airport visa is suitable for you.

If your arrival place is not Istanbul, you might think that you don’t need a visa for Turkey. There is an exception there. If you’re traveling a foreign country that you need to cross over Turkey, you need to have a visa. In simple words, when you’re traveling to another foreign country If your plane stops in Istanbul and If you need to transfer to another plane in Istanbul airport, you will need a visa for Turkey. This visa is different from a regular visa. It is called a “transit visa”.

What is a Transit Visa?

A Transit visa is a type of visa that is valid for a very short period of time. You only need it when you want to land in a foreign country just to transfer to another plane. While some countries don’t take it as a necessary regulation, for some others it’s necessary. Before starting your journey, make sure that you’re ready If the country where you will be transferred to another plane requires a transit visa.

How Much is a Transit Visa?

If your transfer stop is Istanbul, you need to follow the regulations that are standardized by Turkish authority. A transfer visa costs 353 Turkish Liras which equals 54 dollars. (There might be changes according to currency) However, If you need a double transit visa for a round trip, it will cost 708 Turkish liras which equal 108 dollars.

Where to Buy a Transit Visa?

Just like getting a regular visitor visa, you will need to get in contact with Turkish Embassies and apply for a transit visa.

Lastly, do not waste your time if to see and visit Istanbul is on your bucket list. You’ve learned a variety of options to get a visa, how much you need to pay, what you need to do and how to make all these things easier. Now, it’s time to put them into practice. Istanbul is waiting for you!

One of the Oldest University and Library in Istanbul: Istanbul University and Central Library of Istanbul University

Istanbul University has been the train of Turkey’s Higher Education with its 15 resources, 12 organizations, 2 professional schools, 2 Schools, 2 offices, 74 research, and application focuses and 216 understudy clubs. There are more than 300,000 understudies, 3,337 scholastics and 7,067 authoritative staff. The quantity of Istanbul University graduate class is arriving at very nearly 1 million. Istanbul University is the main college in Turkey whose graduate class has been granted two Nobel Prizes. (The Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2015, Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar and The Nobel Prize in Literature, 2006, Orhan Pamuk) In this article, you will learn more about this oldest university of Istanbul, Istanbul University and the library of this university. Keep reading!

Istanbul University has 675 confirmation programs; 20 Associate degrees, 124 Bachelor’s degrees, 329 Master’s degrees and 202 Ph.D. degrees. Istanbul University has an extraordinary library assortment comprising of roughly 1.5 million books.

General Information About Istanbul University

The historical backdrop of Istanbul University goes back to the triumph of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror in 1453. The Sahn-ı Seman Madrasahs (Conqueror Madrasahs), built up after the logical gatherings in Zeyrek a day after the success, establish the primary ring of this logical excursion. The madrasahs, where philosophical and natural sciences were shown together, became focuses of fascination with the reproduction of Istanbul and the greeting of remote researchers by the Conqueror.

Prospering with the help of the sultans, the madrasahs arrived at capable status as advanced education establishments especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth hundreds of years. They were changed into Darülfünun by Sultan Abdülmecid in 1846. The Darülfünun works completed by Grand Vesir Sait Pasha who attempted to stay up to date with the speed of the Industrial Revolution.

Following the declaration of the Republic, the youthful Republic of Turkey, with an end goal to set up an instructive framework that depends on reason and science, recognized the legitimate character of Darülfünun and acknowledged the logical and managerial autonomy of the organization on October seventh, 1925. After this date, the advanced education framework attempted to address the issues of the new framework as far as scholastics and materials.

The framework for a cutting edge college was set up with the help of outside researchers welcome to the nation. With the 1933 University Reform, directed under the initiative of Atatürk, Istanbul Darülfünun was changed into Istanbul University. Istanbul University began to acknowledge understudies on November eighteenth, 1933, as the “solitary” college of the Republic of Turkey.

The crucial Istanbul University is to deliver significant information to our nation and humankind and to prepare capable people by uniting the east and the west, the past and what’s to come. hasThe vision of Istanbul University is to turn into the main college with its instruction at a worldwide level and its examination forming what’s to come.

History of Istanbul University

It was established as an organization of advanced education named the Darülfünun (دار الفنون) (House of Multiple Sciences) on 23 July 1846, yet the Medrese (Islamic philosophical school) which was established following Mehmed II vanquished Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453 is viewed as the antecedent to the Darülfünûn which developed into Istanbul University in 1933. Education in various sciences and fields, (for example, medication, arithmetic, stargazing, cartography, topography, history, reasoning, religion, writing, philology, law, and so on.) opened up, and, until the nineteenth century, they were instrumental in instructing the decision units of the Ottoman culture.

Be that as it may, when the medreses were never again ready to address the issues of the advanced world, a rebuilding procedure started, and accordingly, the organizations of advanced education called Darülfünûn, the center of Istanbul University, was built up. An organization of advanced education named the Darülfünûn-u Osmanî (دار الفنون عثماني) (Ottoman House of Sciences) was made in 1863, yet smothered in 1871. Its first minister was Hasan Tahsini, viewed as one of the most significant Ottoman researchers of the nineteenth century. In 1874 the Imperial University (Darülfünûn-u Sultanî) (دار الفنون سلطاني) began classes in law in French, yet was shut in 1881.

The Imperial University, presently known as Darülfünûn-u Şahâne (دار الفنون شهانه) was refounded in 1900, with the divisions of philosophy, expressions, arithmetic, science, and philology. In 1924, the resources of law, medication, expressions, and sciences were built up in Istanbul University (Istanbul Darülfünûnu), as the college was currently called. Islamic religious philosophy was included in 1925, however, in 1933 the college was redesigned without the latter. Primary passage door of Istanbul University on Beyazıt Square, which was known as Forum Tauri (later Forum of Theodosius) in the late Roman time frame. Beyazıt Tower, situated inside the grounds, is found out of sight, to one side of the flagpole.

The main present-day Applied Physics courses were given at the Darülfünûn on 31 December 1863, which denoted the start of another period, and on 20 February 1870, the school was renamed as the Darülfünûn-u Osmanî (Ottoman House of Multiple Sciences) and revamped to address the issues of current sciences and innovations. Beginning from 1874, a few classes of Literature, Law and Applied Sciences were given at the structure of Galatasaray High School, which proceeded consistently until 1881.

On 1 September 1900, the school was renamed and revamped as the Darülfünûn-u Şahâne (Imperial House of Multiple Sciences) with seminars on Mathematics, Literature, and Theology. On 20 April 1912, the school was renamed as the Istanbul Darülfünûnu (Istanbul House of Multiple Sciences) while the number of courses was expanded and the educational plans were modernized with the foundation of the Schools of Medicine, Law, Applied Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Literature and Theology.

On 21 April 1924, the Republic of Turkey perceived the Istanbul Darülfünûnu as a state school, and on 7 October 1925, the authoritative self-governance of Istanbul Darülfünûnu was perceived while the Schools (inside the old Medrese framework) became present-day Faculties. On 1 August 1933, Istanbul Darülfünûnu was redesigned as Istanbul Üniversitesi (Istanbul University) following the instructive changes of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Classes formally started on 1 November 1933.

The college has seventeen resources on five grounds; the fundamental grounds being on Beyazıt Square, which was initially worked by Constantine the Great as the Forum Tauri and was later expanded by Theodosius the Great as the Forum of Theodosius during the Roman time frame. The fundamental grounds working with its milestone door was recently utilized as the base camp of the Harbiye Nezareti (Ministry of War) by the Ottoman government. Situated on the grounds is the Beyazıt Tower, an 85 m (279 ft) tall fire-watch tower. The grounds were beforehand the area of the

Stool period Eski Saray (Old Palace). Some Roman and Byzantine vestiges are as yet unmistakable on the grounds. The college has school personnel of 2,000 educators and partners and 4,000 collaborators and more youthful staff. Over 60,000, undergrad and 8,000 postgraduate understudies follow the courses offered by Istanbul University consistently. The primary entryway was delineated on the turn around of the Turkish 500 lira banknotes of 1971–1984.

Central Library of Istanbul University

Science history specialists date the start of Istanbul University to the madrasah which was built up by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the second 50% of the fifteenth century. The assortment of the Central Library of Istanbul University contains original copies from the fifteenth century in both Turkish and unknown dialects. In the main quarter of the twentieth century, it kept on advancing its original copies written in the old Ottoman letter set with the ones written in the new Turkish letters in order after letters in order unrest in 1928.

When included inside the extent of the Printed Texts and Picture Collection Law (1934), it started assembling all the printed works distributed inside the fringes of the Turkish Republic. It is our most established and the biggest college library which has to prevail with regards to including hundreds of years worth of dialects and articles to its assortment.

Following the foundation of the Government of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (23 April 1920) and the assertion of the Turkish Republic on 29 October 1923, the library started to be known as the Central Library of Istanbul University in 1933. It had recently been called Darulfunun Library. Its first executive was Hasan Fehmi Ethem Karatay, who was an engineer and earned his postgraduate instruction abroad in librarianship.

With the Higher Education Law 2547 sanctioned in 1982, it started working under the name “Library and Documentation Administration,” alongside different libraries of personnel, division, foundation, and research focuses. In contrast with other college libraries, the robotization procedure came rather late and gradually. However, the administrations it gives to national and worldwide clients in its new and old structures are huge in number and of high caliber. Advances of the ongoing seven years exceed this modernization procedure. The indexing framework built up before is still being used.

As per inquire about done as such far Fatih Madrasa instruction in the opening year (1470) is viewed as the start of the Istanbul University. Until Fatih Kulliye is set up impermanent instructing is done in madrassas changed over from places of worship and religious communities endeavored to set up a library. Fatih library has devoted a few books from both their library. At the opening of the Fatih Mosque, the first library was set up in quite a while. Inevitably the books in these libraries are consolidated in a library with worked in Fatih Mosque and Hagia Sophia situated in Zeyrek madrasah.

The opening of the workforce of the University of Istanbul Fatih Mosque is viewed as the beginning we can acknowledge this as the first to assortment Istanbul University. After the decree of the Tanzimat, propelled with regards to the modernization of instruction, to direct the instruction and preparing business, set up in March 1845, the report by the Ministry of Education of the Provisional Council, has been proposed the foundation of a Darülfünun in Istanbul.

In April 1846 it was requested the foundation of Darülfünun by Sultan Abdülmecid. Be that as it may, on September 8, 1865, the Hoca Paşa house fire consumed and along these lines the first Darülfünun library has been annihilated. 1869 Maarif-I Umumiye Regulations came into power. Arrangements concerning the foundation of libraries right now additionally occurred. Darülfünun-I Osmani opened in February 1870 was shut again in 1873.

After the statement of the Republic on 3 March, 1924 gave by the Education Law of Unity, all things considered, madrasas, libraries are connected to the Ministry of Education. Medresse-t-ul Kuzat (Female School) was moved to Darülfünun to be utilized as a library building. April 1, 1923 date, and Law No. 493 Darulfunun’s authoritative and logical self-sufficiency are perceived. Around then Ismail Hakki Baltacıoğlu was named to the President’s Office of the Dean of Arts of Darülfünun. Baltacıoğlu needed to make a typical Darülfünun library by social event books from all madrasas in Kadi School building. what’s more, reference books left assortment it was chosen to assemble assortments in madrasahs.

Abdulhamid’s works in the library in Yıldız Palace were chosen by 1 June 1924 and the works were moved to Darulfunun. The exchange of Yıldız Palace Library to the Library of Darülfünun has given the historical center worth presentation of the numerous original copies that are of incentive to the current assortment. Arrangements finishing off with November 30, 1924, the open library was opened.

On May 31, 1933, Istanbul Darülfünun’n the cancelation of the Ministry of Education has been affirmed by the Parliament a draft law on the. Istanbul college has been built up. In 1934 with Istanbul University’s consideration of “Printing content and pictures aggregation Law” and from this date onwards Istanbul University Library, rather than being only a University Library has additionally won the National Library nature.

Moved to the structure in 1981 where right now being used the library and started to serve. Our library figured out how to include each other exceptionally old assortments, dialects and compositions are the most established and biggest college library today. In 1982, with the Higher Education Act, 2547 coming into power under the name Istanbul University Library and Documentation Department Istanbul University started working with foundations and research focuses, libraries resources.

Istanbul University Libraries: Five Libraries

IU Virtual Library

Another component of the Central Library of Istanbul University is that Atatürk was an advantage from the library’s book. The books are perused by Atatürk by getting from the library when he came to Istanbul comprises a private assortment. These books were renewed in three dimensional. Uncommon Works Library with the perusing with Atatürk venture arranged in 2012.

Works of Suleiman the Magnificent rejoined with perusers with the virtual library innovation with the participation among İU and Teknosa. Uncommon fills in as “Divan-ı Muhibbi”, “Beyan-ı Menazil-I Sefer-I Irakeyn”, “Kitab-ı Bahriye” sole duplicates of which just exist in the Istanbul University Rare Works Library were brought together with the huge masses in advanced media.

With this task, other than bringing significant and uncommon maps and clients together through digitizing and not to be hurt, passing on the following pages in the most ideal manner, it will be additionally forestalled to make the original copies destroy more.

Inside this setting 1350 maps’ digitizing procedure is finished. At the point when the sole duplicate and the picked tests which have universal chronicled esteem are permitted to access in the virtual library; it will be the verifiable entryway opening to the world in never-ending access in the 21st century of the earth whose, geological and physical outskirts are changed.

Inside Istanbul University Digital Library venture ” the New Look at the Old World: II. Abdulhamid Period Maps and Plans Virtual Library “venture was placed inactivity. Right now, around 789 bits of guide assortment whose call numbers and bibliographic examinations have been finished just 120 duplicates chose to be digitized and having recorded worth chosen is opened to get to the virtual library.

IU CL Disability Information Center: Data Center for (Dis)abled People

Data Service for debilitated individuals which starts to serve in 2012, fundamentally serves to various kinds of incapacitated understudies concentrating in Istanbul University, the other handicapped understudies in the nation and the entirety of the scientists. The inside is opened in the point of supporting the understudies who have outwardly debilitated and hearing weakened have increasingly profitable instruction.

10 PCs, in every PC there are voice readout, screen magnifier program, 6 gadgets which empower to utilize PC with Braille letter set, mice which can be controlled with foot and wrist for impaired understudies, 1 Braille printer, 2 hand-out understanding machine, 1 expert scanner utilizing for produce digital book and photocopy machine, 2 realistic printing machine, 2 content magnifier and 2 sound studio to deliver book recording are situated in the middle. Data focus offers administration to give a digital book, making book recording, printout and book conveyance with Braille letters in order, realistic and cartouche conveyance as indicated by handicapped understudies’ needs and wishes.

IU CL Rare Works

I. Ü. Library and Documentation Department of Rare Books Library joining exceptional instances of the social life is revealing insight into Turkish society. The library is situated on Besim Ömer Pasha street the associating Beyazit Square with Süleymaniye worked in 1912 on the sets of Lord Şeyhülislam Hayri Afandi as the Ministry of Defense Medreset’ül Kudat (Kadılar Madrasa) The modeler of the structure was Kemalettin Bey. Upon the conclusion of madrasas in the Republican time frame, the structure has been distributed to be utilized as a library to Istanbul Dar’ül Fünûn.

Library perusers started to be served on December 1, 1924. In the year with Law No. 1933 2252 Dar’ül Fünûn was changed into the college the library turned into the library of Istanbul University. With the presentation of 2547 Higher Education Law in 1982 the name “IU Library and Documentation Department” was procured. The 3-story building has 677 m2.

I. Ü. Library and Documentation Department of Rare Books Library assortment contains a sum of 52 thousand volumes of printed books in Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Latin and different dialects and compositions, magazines, papers, maps and notes, plans, just as II. Abdulhamid assortment 911 collections including around 36 thousand photographs.

In 1925, giving of Yıldız Palace Library assortment to the library with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s requests brought a ton of works of exhibition hall incentive to the current assortment. One of the privileged highlights of the library is the way that Atatürk profited by it. The books Mustafa Kemal Atatürk obtained from the library when in Istanbul are displayed in an extraordinary bureau.

The library assortment has been advanced by gifts and acquisitions. The assortment is made out of Yıldız Palace Library, Mullah Sahib, Riza Pasha, Halis Efendi, Mollazada Ibrahim Bey Ibn’ül with original copies in Hakki Pasha and the Faculty of Arts and books and articles of Emin Mahmud Kemal Inal. Furthermore, in the library composing instruments identified with books and calligraphies, Yıldız porcelain works and things from different historical centers are in plain view. Today, with the new framework, the most seasoned books, checked with advanced scanners, are accommodated analysts administration.

Faculty Libraries

  • Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine Library
  • The staff of Dentistry Library
  • The staff of the Pharmacy Library
  • The staff of Letters Library
  • Library of Astronomy and Space Sciences
  • Library of Biology
  • Library of Sait Akpınar
  • Library Of Mathematics
  • Hasan Ali Yücel Eğitim Faculty of Education Library
  • The staff of Law Library
  • The staff of Economics Library
  • Staff of Communication
  • Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Hulusi Behçet Library
  • The staff of Business Administration Library
  • The staff of Forestry Library
  • The staff of Political Sciences
  • The staff of the Veterinary Medicine Library
  • Professional School of Social Sciences Library
  • Administrations

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Lending outside Publication Request Conditions for Members of the college; 1 Istanbul University workforce and staff individuals, our college graduate and doctorate understudies from different libraries through the book specialists can make book/duplicate solicitation. An individual may demand a limit of 5 productions. The working environment and home telephone number must be accounted for sending payload/postage costs have a place with the client.

You should have an email account [email protected] augmentation to make the application. The span of the Income books, sending the communication fluctuates as indicated by every library. Productions Lent must be submitted to our library, in any event, two days preceding the due date. Clients who need to broaden the time reaching our library seven days ahead of time you can stretch out inside the guidelines of the particular library.

9 a similar application structure is additionally used to bring the duplicate of the production. Solicitation for photocopies are dependent upon the standards of that library is substantial solicitations (charges and so forth.). 10-appearance time of wanted distribution fluctuates relying upon whether it is a household or outside interest.

Advance solicitation for books and articles, affirmed by the ILL assistance of the library can be made utilizing the “Interlibrary Loan/Photocopy Request Form”. Any production wanted from our library as an advance can be made if at least two duplicates exist. Notwithstanding, if a solitary duplicate way out it can not be given as an advance, yet photocopies can be made. Mentioning duplicates of the entirety of the proposition should report the name of the individual occupied with the examination guide. The understudy’s next school advocate, division and school number ought to likewise be incorporated.

Bank record number, the store will photocopy + sovereignty cost (referral expense for consideration) are accounted for. Revealed costs, [email protected] to address the financial balance of the hospitalized receipt. When we get evidence of installment, distribution (s) will be sent photocopies of the significant cargo paid ahead of time to the location given.

Significant Notice: The book/proposition/article demand as an email account with the expansion of the [email protected] just doctoral and graduate understudies can profit. Aside from this, solicitation can be made through KITS from the focal library of the advanced education foundation they have a place with. If you don’t mind click here for the application structure for books and Articles you need.

References Services

Reference administrations react to any inquiries coordinated by administration mentioning clients about the library assortments and empower them to profit by the library assortments at ideal levels. These administrations are rendered on the web, disconnected, by phone and set up.


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Get To Know Istanbul Soccer Teams Better

If you’re a big soccer fan, you might know that both playing and watching a soccer game is a big deal in Turkey. It’s because Turkish people love having a great team spirit. During a vacation in Istanbul, If you ever come across people that are singing loudly together, it’s highly possible that there is a soccer game on that day. So, here are some tips for you to know about from smallest to biggest soccer teams based in Istanbul and to enjoy this soccer game spirit at its highest level.

It’s highly known that Istanbul is one of the most popular, well-known and metropolitan cities in Turkey. Being a big city brings along different types of options. In other words, if you want to support a Turkish soccer team located in Istanbul, today’s your lucky day because Istanbul offers you one of the best options.

How Many Soccer Teams Are There in Istanbul?

 Here are top 10 Turkish soccer teams based in Istanbul: 

  1. Fenerbahce Football Club
  2. Galatasaray Football Club
  3. Besiktas JK (Gymnastics Club)
  4. Basaksehir Football Club
  5. Eyupspor Football Club
  6. Modafen Football Club
  7. Tuzlaspor Football Club
  8. Bayrampasa Football Club
  9. Maltepe Football Club
  10. Catalcaspor Football Club

What is The Big Three?

    In Turkey, there are many different soccer teams based in Istanbul but 3 of them are accepted as the main ones. These teams can be listed as:

  1.  Fenerbahce, 
  2. Galatasaray, 
  3. Besiktas. 

As they’re accepted as the main teams, don’t feel surprised if you hear someone calling them the Big Three. The reason behind the title given to these teams is actually predictable. They’re all successful teams without a doubt but there are more reasons. 

    These teams are often regarded as the best teams of the league and as they’re all good teams with thousands of fans, these teams have always been seen as rivals. It’s not only the total fan numbers of the teams but also their championships and achievements that make them popular. Till now, there have been 61 championships that were won and 54 of them belong to these teams.

    Apart from these three teams, only 2 teams have won the championship. Those teams are:

  1. Trabzonspor
  2. Bursaspor

After Besiktas Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor is regarded as one of the most successful teams in Turkey. The team has won 6 championships so far. On the other hand, Bursaspor comes right after Trabzonspor. The team has won one championship in the 2009-10 season. Although sometimes you might hear such words as “The Big Five” thanks to the championships won by Trabzonspor and Bursaspor, The Big Three will always be more valid and popular.

Besiktas Gymnastics Club
    Among the Big Three, Besiktas was founded firstly. It was founded on 4 March 1903. It’d be a mistake to call Besiktas as a football club because when it was first founded, it started as a gymnastics club. Later on, the club became famous for its soccer games.

How Was the Club Established?

  At the beginning of the 1900s, a group of people gathered together and started to meet regularly. The main aim of these gatherings was to exercise and they took place in a garden owned by a person named Osman. Later on, these people started to get interested in other branches such as gymnastics, parallel, wrestling, weightlifting. As a result, a club that they named after Bereket Gymnastics Club was founded in 1903. 

How Did the Club Become a Soccer Club?

    In a neighborhood named Ihlamur, Fuat Balkan had his own place and he turned this place into a sports center and the sports club that formerly known as Bereket Gymnastics Club was changed to Besiktas Ottoman Gymnastics Club.

Although football wasn’t in the spotlight in the first period when the club started its activities, athletes and gymnasts in the club became more interested in soccer and started playing games among themselves. They got their first championship in 1920. 

How Many Times Has Besiktas become the Champion?

    In total, Besiktas has become the champion 15 times so far. Here are the years and seasons that Besiktas showed a great example of success:

  1. 1956-57 season
  2. 1957-58 season
  3. 1959-60 season
  4. 1965-66 season
  5. 1966-67 season
  6. 1981-82 season
  7. 1985-86 season
  8. 1989-90 season
  9. 1990-91 season, 
  10. 1991-92 season, 
  11. 1994-95 season
  12. 2002-03 season
  13. 2008-09 season
  14. 2015-16 season
  15. 2016-17 season

Which Colors Represent Besiktas?

At first, the official colors of the team were red and white. It is believed that the club was inspired by the Turkish flag while deciding on the colors. Later on, black and white became the official colors of the team after the loss of the Balkan War.

Galatasaray Football Club

    Galatasaray Football Club is a Turkish soccer club that performed achievements worldwide. This makes it one of the most successful teams in Turkey. The club was founded on 1 October 1905. Galatasaray Sports Club was founded by Ali Sami Yen and accompanied by his friends at Galatasaray High School. In the beginning, the name of the club was to be Gloria (Victory) or Audace (Courage), they later decided on the name of “Galata Palace” which exactly means Galata Saray in Turkish.

What Are the Achievements of the Club?

    Galatasaray is the team with the most championships in Turkish football history and it is the only football club located in Turkey that has 4 stars. The team became champion for the first time between 1961-1962 and won  23 games out of 38 and got 57 points totally. Galatasaray won its last championship in the 2018-2019 season.

In addition to these, the club is famous for its firsts. 

  1. The team scored the highest amount of goals in one season.
  2. It is the team that has become the champion by making a huge gap in terms of the score in the league.
  3. The top athlete of the league; Metin Oktay who was playing for Galatasaray became the number one football player.
  4. Galatasaray is the first Turkish team that had the chance to represent Turkey in the Champions League. (1993)
  5. Galatasaray had the chance to play in the Champions League 14 times and no other Turkish teams managed to get a chance to play more.
  6. The first Turkish team that has won a cup in Europe. (in 2000)
  7. The first Turkish team to play quarter-finals in the Champions League. (3 times)
  8. The first and only Turkish team to represent the European continent at the World Clubs Championship.

How Many Times Has Galatasaray become the Champion?

    In total, Galatasaray has become the champion 22 times so far. By becoming the team with the most championship, Galatasaray has become more popular and the great achievement of the team was accepted and appreciated by Turkish people regardless of the team they support. So, here are the years and seasons that Galatasaray made its path to success: 

  1. 1961-62 season
  2. 1962-63 season
  3. 1968-69 season
  4. 1970-71 season
  5. 1971-72 season
  6. 1972-73 season
  7. 1986-87 season
  8. 1987-88 season
  9. 1992-93 season
  10. 1993-94 season
  11. 1996-97 season
  12. 1997-98 season
  13. 1998-99 season
  14. 1999-00 season
  15. 2001-02 season
  16. 2005-06 season
  17. 2007-08 season
  18. 2011-12 season
  19. 2012-13 season
  20. 2014-15 season
  21. 2017-18 season
  22. 2018-19 season

 Who Is the Most Famous Coach of Galatasaray?

    For both Turkish people and Galatasaray fans, Fatih Terim might even come to the minds even before the founder of the club. In 1953, he was born in Adana, Turkey. In 1969, he first played for Adana Demirspor, a local soccer team located in his hometown, Adana. This was when he was only 16 years old. Later on, he took an active part in Galatasaray as a football player before becoming the coach. He was trained in coaching too. Besides Galatasaray, he was in charge of the Turkish National Soccer Team for a long time. He’s Turkey’s one of the most well-known and successful coaches.

Which Colors Represent Galatasaray?

At first, Galatasaray started with red and white. As the colors of the Turkish flag are made of red and white, it is predicted that the team was inspired by the colors of the Turkish flag. Later on, as it was a period of chaos and political issues, the club wanted to change the colors to yellow and blue but in the end, they decided to make them yellow and red. Currently, the team is associated with the colors of yellow and red.

Fenerbahce Football Club

    Founded on 3 May 1907, Fenerbahce is just another successful soccer team in Turkish football history. There is an interesting fact that the first attempt to establish the club was done by the same people who also started a club under the name of the Black Stocking Football Club. Therefore, the Fenerbahce Football Club was unofficially established in 1899, however, as it was shut down twice, the official year of establishment is accepted as 1907. 

How Many Times Has Fenerbahce become the Champion?

    In total, Fenerbahce has 19 championships so far. Coming right after Galatasaray in terms of the number of championships, Fenerbahce is regarded as one of the most successful soccer teams in Turkey. Here are the years and the seasons: 

  1. 1958-59 season 
  2. 1960-61 season 
  3. 1963-64 season 
  4. 1964-65 season 
  5. 1967-68 season
  6. 1969-70 season 
  7. 1973-74 season 
  8. 1974-75 season 
  9. 1977-78 season
  10. 1982-83 season 
  11. 1984-85 season 
  12. 1988-89 season 
  13. 1995-96 season 
  14. 2000-01 season 
  15. 2003-04 season 
  16. 2004-05 season 
  17. 2006-07 season 
  18. 2010-11 season 
  19. 2013-14 season

Which Colors Represent Fenerbahce?

Naturally, in the springtime flowers bloom and make nature more colorful. As Fenerbahce was founded in May, it was springtime. It is said that the garden that belonged to Fenerbahce at that time was full of yellow and white daisies and Fenerbahce takes its colors from these daisies.

What are the Symbols of The Big Three?

    Using animals as a symbol that represents a soccer, basketball or baseball team is a tradition that widely accepted. The same tradition is observed in Turkish football teams as well. Each team is associated with a different animal and has a different meaning that it represents. If it’s still a secret for you, keep reading!

Lion for Galatasaray

The symbol of Galatasaray is a lion. If you wonder the reason behind, you can link it with the team’s famous athlete whose name is Nihat Bekdik. Later, The player was selected as the captain of the team. In 1936, he put an end to his career by stopping playing soccer but he never stopped being interested in sports. Bedik, who participated in the races with his boat which he named “Aslan”. Aslan means lion in Turkish and thanks to his boat, he was called “Aslan (Lion) Nihat” during this period and since then Galatasaray has been associated with a lion.

Black Eagle for Besiktas

The reason that the symbol of Besiktas is a black eagle is the cheer of a fan. In the 1940-41 season, Besiktas was the leader of the league and their team spirit was highly appreciated by the fans. As a result, during a game, one of the fans started shouting like “Go, Black Eagles!” and later on, Besiktas performed even better in that game and the press thought that the team was inspired by how passionately the fan was cheering. As a result, the black eagle became the symbol of the team.

Canary for Fenerbahce

The creation progress of the symbol of Fenerbahce mostly relies on one of its famous goalkeepers, Cihat Arman.  During that period, Turkey’s best goalkeeper was Cihan Arman and he was called “flying canary”. Thanks to his great talent, the press started to call the team as yellow canary after they won a game. For that reason, the canary becomes the symbol of the team.

Where Can I Watch Soccer in Istanbul?

If you’re looking for the best place to watch a soccer game and if you’re in Istanbul, you just can’t leave without watching a game at the glorious stadiums of the Big Three. If you wonder about the locations of these stadiums, you don’t need to wonder anymore.

  1. Ulker Sukru Saracoglu Stadium

Although its official name is Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, it’s widely known as Kadikoy in Turkey. It’s predictable that the popular and commonly known name of the stadium comes from a place that the stadium is located. Sukru Saracoglu Stadium is located in a neighborhood named Kadikoy. However, the official name comes from Sukru Saracoğlu, who was the official owner of the and had a duty as a president in 1934 and 1950.

This big stadium is big enough to host 50,509 football lovers at once. It’s the 4th largest stadium in Turkey. Authorities of the club made changes with the stadium many times. At last, the stadium was totally collapsed and a new stadium was rebuilt. The construction lasted for 7 years, starting in 1999 and ending in 2006. Finally, it got its current appearance. Kadikoy is highly important for both the club and the fans because Fenerbahce is hardly defeated in their own home. 

If you want to enjoy the feeling of rivalry, just get your tickets for a derby game at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. The exact address of the stadium is written below if your choice is to watch a game at Kadıkoy.

Bağdat, Recep Peker Street Number: 2, 34724 Kadikoy/Istanbul

How to Get to Kadikoy?

  1. Take the metro bus from the nearest metro bus stop to you.
  2. Get off the metro bus at Sogutlucesme stop.
  3. After getting off the metro bus, you take a walk to Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. It will take 5 minutes approximately.

Turk Telekom Stadium

Formerly known as Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Turk Telekom Stadium witnessed the big games, big success and served as the home of Galatasaray from 1964 to 2010. Later on, the name was changed to Turk Telekom Stadium. The stadium takes its former name from the founder of the team, Ali Sami Yen. It was officially opened in 1964. After winning championships in a row, racing in the Champions League and gaining big success, Galatasaray started to look for a bigger and more modern stadium. With 52,223 capacity of the spectator, Turk Telekom Stadium is larger than Fenerbahce’s Kadiköy. The stadium was opened to its visitors and fans in 2011. Moreover, the stadium was opened with an opening game between Galatasaray and the famous football team, Ajax. Galatasaray played its first official game at Turk Telekom Stadium in January 2011, with Sivasspor. 

Watching a game at Turk Telekom Stadium will probably be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your life. Cheering beside cheerful and dedicated fans will make you feel like a true Galatasaray fan even if you’re there just to enjoy a night out. If you want to feel this spirit, here is the address information of the stadium: 

        Huzur Neighborhood, 34415 Seyrantepe Sariyer/Istanbul

How to Get to Turk Telekom Stadium?

  1. Take any metro bust hat goes to Mecidiyekoy station.
  2. Get off the metro bus at Mecidiyekoy station.
  3. Go on with Mecidiyekoy Metro Station. 
  4. When you arrive at Metro Sanayi Mahallesi stop, get off the metro. At this stop, reach Seyrantepe Metro. After taking a walk, you will be at the stadium.

Vodafone Park

Formerly known as the Inonu Stadium, Vodafone Park is the home for Besiktas. Former Inonu Stadium was opened in 1947. Just like Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Besiktas also needed a new stadium with a bigger and larger capacity. As a result, Inonu Stadium was collapsed and Vodafone Park was built. It’s a fun fact that the neighborhood that the stadium is located is actually called Besiktas. Thanks to its great location, you can go and visit Vodafone Park even when it’s not a game day. The stadium is located next to the Bosphorus connecting the two continents. 

Apart from hosting football games, Vodafone Park is also the host of many different cultural and social events. These events include famous fashion shows by famous designers and concerts of worldwide famous singers. Shakira is one of those worldwide famous singers. She had an incredible concert at Vodafone Park. The concert took place in July 2018 and Istanbul witnessed an amazing night.  

The capacity of the stadium is enough to welcome 41,903 visitors. If you want to be one of them, here is the address of the stadium: 

Visnezade Neighborhood, Dolmabahce Street., 34357 Besiktas/Istanbul

How to Get to Vodafone Park?

  1. You can take a ferry departing from Kadikoy and after getting off, you can walk to the stadium. It will take 5 minutes.
  2. If you are coming from the European side you can take a walk to Vodafone Park and it will take your only 1 minute when you take the metro bus from any metro bus stop and get off at the Cevizlibag stop and take the Kabatas-Bagcilar tram.

How to Get a Live Game Ticket?

If you want to get a ticket for a game you need to visit in advance. The tickets are available for all teams including the Big Three. You need to sign up and fill the form beforehand. After signing up, you will have a card named Passolig.

What is Passolig?

Passolig is an electronic card application that fans who want to go to football games need to have. Games cannot be entered without passolig. Instead of wasting your time going and waiting in line, Passolig offers you an easier way in which you can buy your ticket online.

How Much You Need to Pay for the Tickets?

The prices might change according to the game that you want to watch. If it is between one of the teams of the Big Three and any other teams, the price will be much lower. It can show changes from 80 Turkish liras (12 dollars) to 100 Turkish liras (15 dollars). However, you might need to pay up to 500 Turkish liras (78 dollars) for a derby game which means it is a game between two of the Big Three.

Here is a small reminder for you: As they’re being the most famous teams in Turkey, they have hundreds of fans not only from Turkey but also from all over the world. For that reason, make sure that you get your tickets in advance If you want to watch a game at these famous stadiums. 

How Can You Watch a Game If I Can’t Buy Tickets?

If you can’t find tickets for the big games or when you don’t want to get in the big crowd, there are different options for you to watch the game. Here are some good places for you to do it: 

  1. Havelka (located in Caddebostan)
  2. Hard Rock Cafe Istanbul (located in Istiklal Street)
  3. Me Gusta (located in Taksim)
  4. Public House (located in Asmalimescit)
  5. Old English Pub (located in Kadikoy)

If your path crosses with Istanbul by any chance, you can go and watch a live game at these glorious stadiums and get to know better about these famous teams based in Istanbul. If you still can’t decide which team to support, we can advise you to watch live games of each team and make up your mind afterward. 

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.