Friday, May 02, 2014

Historic Areas of Istanbul - TURKEY - UNESCO #356

After Cappadocia, 5 days in Istanbul! It was for me like a dream coming true because travelling to the old Constantinople has been a personal wish since I was very young. The first days were spent visiting the most touristic spots like the Mosques or the Topkapi Palace (amazing place) and after that I tried to get deeper in the city and walk on those narrow streets, talk with the locals and try to find the best places to eat those delicious specialties (oh my, the food is amazing!) and get the best bargains on local markets (not the Grand Bazaar though... beautiful place to walk and see, but with expensive prices for tourists). What can I say about Istanbul without writing a excessive long post? Well, on the first opportunity you have, just go there, ok? You'll have a wonderful time, I assure you! This postcards took 15 days to arrive!
UNESCO #356 - Hagia Sophia, Istanbul - TURKEY

UNESCO #356 - Topkapi Palace, Istanbul - TURKEY
With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than 2,000 years. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, all now under threat from population pressure, industrial pollution and uncontrolled urbanization.

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