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Traditional Turkish Baths

Traditional Turkish Baths

Traditional Turkish Baths; Turkish baths are part of traditional Turkish culture. Baths are used as bathing, purification and even healing places in every period. Most of the historical baths in the Ottoman period were built by Mimar Sinan. Baths that are still actively used today continue to keep this culture alive. In traditional Turkish culture, hot springs and baths are important meeting places not only in terms of health, but also in terms of social and cultural activities. This culture, which has not lost its importance until today, continues to serve in historical bathrooms built with architectural aesthetics. Turkish baths We see two different types of baths, natural and heated. The baths, where natural water source is used, are known as hot springs, and healing and drinking water are called İcmece. Baths are also used in daily activities that have a place in social life such as birth, marriage and death.

You will see the most important traditional Turkish baths in Turkey, which we have chosen for you, at the below of the page.

Istanbul Cagaloglu Turkish Bath

Cagaloglu Turkish Bath built in 1741. It is one of the historical baths of Istanbul. It is on Yerebatan Street starting from the Basilica Cistern. Another feature of the bath is the baroque style in its structure. Another feature of Cagaloglu Bath is that it was the last big bath built during the Ottoman period. Cagaloglu bath still attracts international attention as one of the most famous Turkish baths in the world. This bath served many famous names and hosted series and movie shootings. It is a historical place to be seen.

Istanbul Cemberlitas Turkish Bath

Cemberlitas Turkish Bath built in 1584. It is one of the oldest baths in Istanbul. It is one of the most preferred baths for tourists with its location close to the Grand Bazaar. Cemberlitas Bath is planned as a double bath next to each other and adjacent to each other. Women and men section is separate. Entries are made from the same place. The bath attracts attention with its Ottoman inscriptions on some navel stones in the bathing areas.

Istanbul Süleymaniye Turkish Bath

Süleymaniye Turkish Bath built in 1552. It is one of the oldest baths in Istanbul and is a very popular place. The most important feature that distinguishes the Süleymaniye Bath from other baths is that it accepts couples together. There is no distinction between men and women in traditional bath culture in this bath. It is the most preferred bath by foreign couples who want to experience the Turkish bath experience together.

Istanbul Galatasaray Turkish Bath

Galatasaray Turkish Bath built in 1481 by order of Sultan II. Beyazıt. As it is located in Beyoglu district, it attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists. It is the only Turkish bath, which is a touristic facility under the Ministry of Tourism. It is an ideal Turkish bath for those staying near Taksim Square.

Istanbul Kılıç Ali Pasha Turkish Bath

The traditional Turkish bath named after Kılıç Ali Pasha, one of the most powerful names of the Ottoman navy; It has a majestic appearance that was completed in 1583. It is located in Tophane, one of the oldest regions of Istanbul that is compatible with maritime. It is one of the most beautiful buildings built by Captain Kılıç Ali Pasha order to Mimar Sinan.  It was built to serve sea soldiers. Kılıç Ali Pasha Bath, which started to host its guests again after a comprehensive restoration lasting 7 years, is a place worth seeing. This bath serves for women in the morning and for men in the afternoon.

Istanbul Hürrem Sultan Turkish Bath

Hürrem Sultan Turkish Bath, which is now called Hagia Sophia, built by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century. The bath was actively used until 1910. This bath; It consists of cold, tepidity and warm sections. After being closed for a long time, it was put into service again in 2012.

Istanbul Aga Turkish Bath

The Aga Turkish Bath is the oldest Turkish bath. Since it built in 1454. It is located in Cihangir district of Beyoglu. It is one of the rare baths where couples can enter together. It is an ideal Turkish bath for those staying near Taksim Square.

Istanbul Mihrimah Sultan Turkish Bath

Two large mosques and complexes were built in Mimar Sinan, in Üsküdar and Edirnekapı, on behalf of Mihrimah Sultan, the daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, Hürrem Sultan. According to historical sources, it was built by Mimar Sinan in a plan scheme that was common in the classical period in the form of a double bath in 1562-1565. Mihrimah Sultan Turkish Bath has an important place in the culture of Turkish Bath.

Istanbul Kadırga Turkish Bath

Kadırga Turkish Bath is a historical Turkish bath, which is divided into two parts as the men’s section and the women’s section, serving every day of the week between 08.00 am and 21.00 am. This bath takes its name from Kadırga, the district where it is located. In terms of prices, this place is cheaper than other baths.

Istanbul Historical Vezneciler Turkish Bath

Vezneciler Turkish Bath, which provides mixed service to women and men, is in Fatih district. The rooted history of the Vezneciler Bath dates back to 1481. Although this place is mentioned as a double bath; today the building is not true to the original. Among the services you can get from the historical bath, there are also current practices such as sauna or foam massage.

Istanbul Çinili Turkish Bath

It was built in 1640 by order of Kösem Sultan. It is in the district of Uskudar on the Asian side of Istanbul. It takes its name from the special tiles used in its construction. Another factor that makes the Tiled Turkish Bath (Çinili Hamam), which is also used in various art projects, is that its domes are high compared to many baths.

Gedikpasa Turkish Bath

Gedikpasa Turkish Bath was built by Gedik Ahmet Pasha in 1475 by Architect Hayrettin, one of the most famous architects of the Ottoman period. The bath is a double bath consisting of male and female sections. Gedikpasa Bath is one of the important works of Ottoman Architecture in Istanbul. There is also a pool next to the navel in the bath. Located in the city center, 300m away to the Grand Bazaar.

Bursa Kervansaray Turkish Bath

Kervansaray Turkish Bath is a very old bath from the Roman period. Bursa is located inside the Kervansaray Thermal Hotel. The work from the Roman Empire underwent a major restoration in 1389. There are men, women and family departments. It is open every day from 07.00 to 22.30. It is one of the oldest baths outside Istanbul.

Trabzon Eight Directed Turkish Bath

This bath is one of the oldest baths in Turkish history. This bath, built by the Seljuks, has managed to survive until today and is still home to hundreds of people. Its architecture resembles oba tents, unlike baths. This bath, under the large dome placed on long columns, is named after this extraordinary architecture.

Bursa Çekirge Turkish Bath

Bursa, which is also famous for its thermal waters, is one of the best addresses to experience the baths. Çekirge bath in Bursa is one of the oldest baths in the city. This bath, the construction of which was started in 1365, was built as a women’s bath. This historical bath, which has been used continuously for centuries, is a great place to experience the traditional Turkish bath.

Edirne Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Bath

It order from Sokullu Mehmet Pasha to built Mimar Sinan. This is largest Turkish bath in Turkey. It is known for its architectural structure and fine workmanship. It is one of the most important examples of Turkish Art. It has a double bath plan. The entrances of the men and women sections are in separate directions. Especially, the cut stone and brick workmanship on the dressing faces are interesting.

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Best of Turkey in 10 Days

Best of Turkey in 10 Days

Best of Turkey in 10 Days

Best of Turkey in 10 Days

If you plan to vacation in Turkey and you can see where in 10 days, let us help you. Best of Turkey in 10 days, as you’ve done the program. According to this program, starting from Istanbul, we return to Istanbul after visiting Cappadocia, Fethiye, and Pamukkale. 3 days in Istanbul, 2 days in Cappadocia, 3 days in Fethiye, 1 day in Pamukkale and 1 day in Ephesus, 10 days in total Turkey Tour. We have created a beautiful holiday program by combining historical cultural places, seas and beaches. We hope it has been a program just for you. If you contact us, we can offer different options.
DAY 1: ISTANBUL

Visiting: Istanbul Classics. This tour covers the most famous historic monuments and sights in Old City area. These are; 1500 year old Hagia Sophia Museum which is accepted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Sultanahmet Blue Mosque with its famous blue tiles, Hippodrome area where the Byzantium era chariot races were held, Topkapı Palace is one of the biggest and most popular symbol places to visit in Istanbul and world’s oldest indoor market; Grand Bazaar is the world’s largest indoor bazaar with more than 60 streets, 4,000 shops and 18 doors. Although it is over 550 years old, it still operates very actively.

Istanbul

Istanbul

DAY 2: ISTANBUL

Visiting: Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait by boat. Bosphorus is one of the most beautiful location in the world. It is in a very important location due to being between Europe and Asia. Also, you will visit Spice Bazaar, the last residence of Ottoman Empires, Dolmabahce Palace is under the influence of the West and is built to model European palaces. You will also cross the Bosphorus Bridge and at Camlica Hill to see the two side of Istanbul.

DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA

Visiting: Devrent imagination valley (a lunar landscape), Pasabaglari (Fairy chimneys), Avanos (pottery demonstration with the Hittite tecnique), Uchisar rock-castle, Esentepe (panoramic view of Göreme valley) and Göreme open air museum (rock cut churches, frescos, monastery). Göreme Open Air Museum is a place where you will enter a completely different world. In this different world where the missionary and seclusion of Christians escaped from oppression and where the monastic life started.

DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Visiting: Early morning Cappadocia hot air balloon, after balloon visiting Kaymaklı Underground City have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, Red&Rose Valley (4 km treking in valley ), Belisırma Village, Selime (Panoramic view point) and Nar Lake is a volcanic crater lake. A volcanic crater lake is a lake in a crater that was formed from explosive activity or collapse during a volcanic eruption. Its surface lies 70 metres below the surface of the plain and the depth of the lake is not known.

DAY 5: FETHIYE

Visiting: Fethiye Saklıkent Gorge and Tlos. Saklıkent is located near Tauros mountains, between Fethiye and Kas for million of years. Located east of Esencay, Saklıkent has been explored recently. High up in the hills that surround Fethiye, Tlos is a Lycian city ruin. Crowning the rounded acropolis hill are the remnants of an Ottoman fortress.

DAY 6: FETHIYE

Fethiye

Fethiye

Visiting: Fethiye 12 Islands by boat. Enjoy the romantic bays of the Mediterranean, where you can swim in the crystal blue water. Dockyard Island, Flat Island, Red Island, Göcek Island and Aquarium bay. Its suggested to look around carefully during the tour because you might have the chance to see the dolphins, and even the sea turtles! Flat Island is famous for the clear, dark blue and very shallow waters.

DAY 7: FETHIYE

Visiting: Fethiye Butterfly Valley Boat cruise leaving from Fethiye Oludeniz Beach. Swim in the Blue Cave before stepping at Butterfly Valley. Swimming at ‘Cold Spring Bay’ where fresh water leaks into the sea, is full of refreshing.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale

DAY 8: PAMUKKALE

Visiting: Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gateway, Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Pamukkale Museum, The Travertines of Pamukkale. The sacred Hierapolis of Phrygia, one of the antique cities of the Aegean, was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. The foundations of Hierapolis were laid during the Phrygian Era because of the sacred site of Cybele in which the cave under the Temple of Apollo was located.

Ephesus

Ephesus

DAY 9: EPHESUS

Visiting: Ephesus, one of the world’s finest examples of an ancient classical city; Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. Ephesus has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

DAY 10: ISTANBUL

Visiting: Princes’ Islands, Heybeliada and Büyükada. Take a one hour boat ride to the Princes’ Islands near the Istanbul city center. If you have done the main visites at Istanbul city center and want to have a full extra day out of the city traffic, this is one of the best options to go Princes’ Islands.

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Top 10 Istanbul

The top 10 sights in Istanbul

The top 10 sights in Istanbul

Istanbul has many historical places. Palaces, mosques, towers, bazaars and more. We found the top 10 sights in Istanbul of these for you. You can find this information in our article below. We hope this information will help you on your Istanbul vacation.

Topkapı Palace

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Topkapı Palace is one of the biggest and most popular palace to visit in Istanbul. It is include in the Unesco World Heritage List in 1985. Topkapı Palace on the place known as the historical peninsula in Istanbul old city.

Topkapı Palace has hosted 22 different Sultans and their families and the political center of the Ottoman empire for 400 years. Each sultan added a different section or hall to his palace according to his own need. Topkapı Palace architecture is typical Turkish style palace.

Topkapı Palace was opened to the public as a museum upon the order of Atatürk in 1924. Today, there are many sections that can be visit in Topkapı Palace. In some exhibition halls there are the Treasury, the costumes of the Sultans and the Sacred relics.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia means “Holly Wisdom”. This is an Orthodox church cathedral dedicated to holly wisdom. It is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque. It located in Sultanahmet

neighborhood being one of the most important museums of Istanbul considered as a World Heritage by Unesco. It is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture.

The first church of Hagia Sophia was built on the same site in the 4th century by Constantine the Great and renovated by his son Constantinus II in 360 AD.

Hagia Sophia, one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today, has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality.

Following the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in On May 29th, 1453, the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and Sultan Mehmet II ordered to convert the church into a mosque. As a mosque, it was considered as one of the holiest Islamic temples of the world.

Under the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the Council of Ministers the Hagia Sophia opened as a museum in 1935.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

One of the historical buildings of Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern. Built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinianus (527-565), this large underground cistern was named as the “Basilica Palace” among the people because of the marble columns rising from the water. Since there is a Basilica in the place where the cistern was, it is also known as the Basilica Cistern.
The cistern is a giant building covering a rectangular area of 140 meters in length and 70 meters in width. Covering a total area of 9,800 square meters, this cistern has a water storage capacity of approximately 100,000 tons. There are 336 columns, each 9 meters high, in this cistern, which is descended by a 52-step stone staircase. These columns, erected at intervals of 4.80 meters, form 12 rows, each containing 28 columns.

Chora Church

The first Chora Church was built by Justinianus (527-565). Thanks to its proximity to the Blachernae Palace, it served as a court chapel for important religious ceremonies.

Chora Church

Chora Church

After continuing to serve as a church after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, it was converted into a mosque in 1511. It was converted into a museum in 1945 and during the restoration carried out by the Byzantine Institute in 1948-1959, mosaics and frescoes were unearthed.

The mosaics and frescoes in Chora are the most beautiful examples from the last period of the Byzantine painting (14th century). The characteristic style elements in these mosaics and frescoes are the elongation of the figures with their depth, movements and plastic values. The Chora church represents Byzantine art at its most experimental. Most of the interior is covered with mosaics depicting the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is one of the oldest and highest towers in Istanbul. It is 63 meters high. You can watch all around Galata tower and Golden Horn.

It was built in the 14th century by the Genoese colony as part of the defensive wall surrounding its regions in Galata. They called the tower “Christea Turris” or “Christ Tower”. Genoese entered the trade with the Byzantines, and the tower was used for the surveillance of the Harbor in Golden Horn. After conquest by Ottoman, it was used as a fire watchtower to detect fires in the city.

Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi the first Turkish to fly in the 17th century Ottoman Empire. The bird copied its wings and examined the air flows of the throat. He flew from the Galata Tower and landed about 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the district of Üsküdar on the Asian continent across the Bosphorus.

On special days and national holidays, light shows are held in the Galata tower. Those who see the tower from the outside watch this visual with interest.

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace started its construction in 1843, was opened in 1856 after the surrounding walls were completed.

The palace mainly consists of the Imperial State Apartments, the Ceremonial Hall and the Harem. The main building has three floors, basement on the side parallel to the sea, and four floors, on the land side, containing the garret floors and the Harem neighborhoods. Significant Western influences observed in style, details and ornaments are reflections of the changing aesthetic values ​​in the last period of the Empire. It is a building complex where traditional Turkish style is applied in a wide scale in terms of the organization of the space and the relations between the rooms and the halls.

Although the Dolmabahce Palace was under the influence of the West and was built to model European palaces, Harem was built as a separate section, although not as in the past. However, unlike Topkapı Palace, Harem is no longer a separate building or complex of the Palace; however, it is a special living unit located under the same roof within the same building complex. Dolmabahce Palace hosted 6 sultans at intervals and the last Ottoman sultan.

Republic of Turkey founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk lived here and died here for a while.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is known as the Blue Mosque by many people due to its bluish interior decoration tiles. It is one of the most important mosques in Istanbul standing next to the Byzantine Hippodrome in the old city center. It was built between 1609-1616 by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. Its architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga was the student of the greatest architect Mimar Sinan.

Like all the major and important mosques of that time, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built as a complex like a theology school, an imperial mansion, a kitchen for the poor, arcade shops and a small library to raise money for maintenance. It is the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 minarets. Four of them have three balconies each, and two have two balconies, each with a total of 16 spiral staircases.

There are 3 entrances to the mosque. After entering inside, the flower and geometric interior decoration and beauty of 21 thousand Iznik tiles, about 260 windows with stained glass and calligraphy of the Quranic verses appear. The 34-meter-high central dome is surrounded by smaller domes and semi-domes to disperse the heavy weight of the main dome, and they are all supported by 4 large columns.

Hippodrome

Hippodrome

Hippodrome

The Hippodrome, known as the Atmeydanı (horse arena) during the Ottoman era, served as an athletic ground in Byzantine times. It was also used for horse and carriage races, always for the honour of the Emperor. Sultan I. Ahmet (1609-1616) had the mosque built in his name, this historical ground was named after him Sultanahmet. Hippodrome was the center of life in Byzantium and Ottoman. During the Byzantine era, it was an arena where the chariot teams competed.
It was not an arena where gladiators fought like in Rome. It was mostly used for entertaining show. In the Hippodrome square there is Obelisk, serpentine Column, German fountain, Ibrahim pasha palace. It is one of, the top 10 sights in Istanbul.

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

It opens at 09:00 am in the morning and closes at 19:00 pm in the evening. It is the world’s largest indoor bazaar with more than 60 streets, 4,000 shops and 18 doors. Although it is over 550 years old, it still operates very actively. It is crowded always.

When you go inside bazaar, you will feel an authentic oriental atmosphere. All streets are similar eachother but all have different shops.

There are many small shops where you can find all kinds of souvenirs, leather clothing, rugs and carpets, antiques, gold, silver, jewelry, crafts, spices and Turkish delight.

Guests from all over the world travelers come here for shopping. Turkish people going to the Grand Bazaar for gold shopping. There are small streets and small shops outside around the Grand Bazaar. Here trade is made to handicrafts. It is one of, the top 10 sights in Istanbul.

Spice Bazaar 

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market) is built between 1597 and 1664, it is also the second oldest covered bazaar in Istanbul. The bazaar is constructed as part of the New Mosque, with rent from the shops supporting the upkeep of the mosque as well as its charitable activities, which included a school, hamam and hospital.

It has been a shopping mall of the Istanbul people with its 400 years old history. This bazaar is one of the most vibrant spots of Istanbul for centuries.

The interior and surroundings of the Spice bazaar has been a region where many people shop. When you enter the Spice bazaar, you feel that old historical smell. Here you can find exotic flavors and a wide variety of spices. It contains a wide variety of shops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, Turkish delight, gold, silver, flowers, honey, cheese, olives, olive oil and textiles.

 

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Unique Features of Cappadocia

Unique Features of Cappadocia

Unique Features of Cappadocia

Cappadocia; This region of Turkey has the most incredible natural beauty and history. It is very rich in history and really surprising its development. Knowing that the earliest time in history dates back to the 6th century BC. The underground cities and rock formations, fairy chimneys unique features of Cappadocia.

When you look at the map of Turkey, you will see Cappadocia is somewhere in the middle of the Turkey.

There are five Turkish provinces with in the Cappadocia region. Nevsehir province is in the center. Kayseri province is in the east of Cappadocia. Kirsehir province in the north of Cappadocia. Nigde province in the south of Cappadocia. Aksaray province in the west of Cappadocia.

When you go to Cappadocia, the most central places are Göreme and Ürgüp. The other important places are Cavusin, Ortahisar, Uchisar and Avanos.

Cappadocia Tours

unique features of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia tours

Those who come to visit Cappadocia usually stay for a day or two. Staying longer will help you get to know the area for 3 or 4 days. We recommend you to stay for a long time to discover the fascinating beauty of Cappadocia.
If you stay short, you should definitely take part in local expert guided tours. Those who stay for a day or two in Cappadocia, which is a very large region, will have information about the region with local expert guided tours. For those who stay for a long time, we recommend you to join guided tours first, then you can travel on your own with the information provided by your guide. Lets go to tour with local expert guide for unique features of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia Valleys

Göreme valley, Göreme valley and Göreme open air museum is a place where you will enter a completely different world. In this different world where the missionary and seclusion of Christians escaped from oppression and where the monastic life started, you will meet many churches, chapels and living areas carved into the rocks.

Pigeon valley is starting from Uchisar and extending to Göreme and covering an area of 4 km, Pigeon Valley has taken its name from the pigeon nests carved into the rocks.

Love valley, the most important feature of Love Valley and the fairy chimneys that make this place amazing. Fairy chimneys with hats in different sizes and colors will make you in love.

Zelve valley is one of the largest open-air museums in Cappadocia. You will see the most pointed and wide body fairy chimneys here.

Pasabagi valley is one of the valleys where you can watch interesting formations of the fairy chimneys.

Devrent valley is known as Dream Valley and Haunted Valley. There are fairy chimneys in the form of the famous camel and different silhouettes, which you will sometimes liken to an animal and sometimes to a human.

Red & Rose valley is most beautiful intertwining valley in Cappadocia. Here the rolling and rippling rock faces arc out across the country side in a palette of pastel pink, yellow and orange cliffs, formed by volcanic explosion and millennia of wind and water erosion.

Güllüdere valley is the best of the fairy chimneys and the most artistic stance while walking this 4-km valley.

Zemi valley, Sarnic church, Gorkundere church, Sakli church, and El Nazar church are in this valley. You will find rich vegetation in this hidden valley, which is quite suitable for walking.

Cappadocia Canyons

Ihlara Canyon, is the most secret, deepest and most mysterious of Cappadocia’s paradise? The answer will be the Ihlara canyon. The first settlement of the valley began in the 4th century according to estimates. There are 105 historical artifacts in the canyon which extends for 14 kilometers in a canyon at a depth of 120 meters.

Soganlı Canyon, has a large area of 25 km, so there are about 50 churches here but you can visit 15 of. Important churches in the valley are Karabas, Yilanli, Kubbeli and the Church of St. Barbara

Cappadocia Underground Cities

Kaymaklı underground city

Kaymaklı underground city

Ozkonak Underground City is one of the spoils of the world. Ozkonak Underground City, which is thought to have been carved in 400 years, consists of four floors.

Derinkuyu Underground City is the largest underground city of Cappadocia. It was named because of the deep well in the middle. In this gigantic city, which has 8 floors of space, there are almost as a city inhabitant.

Kaymakli Underground City is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli . The people of Kaymakli village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city.

Cappadocia Monasteries and Churches

Male and Girl Monastery, at the entrance of the Göreme Open Air Museum, there is the monastery, which is called the Girl and Boy Monastery or called the Nuns and Priests Monastery. It is a seven-storey complex with a kitchen, chapel and church. This Monastery is connected to each other by tunnels on the ground floor. Only the first two floors of the monastery are open to visitors.

Keşlik Monastery is locate 2 km after Cemil village, near Damsa Dam, about 10 km away from Ürgüp Mustafapasa village. There are two churches, wineries, kitchens, dining halls, schools, meeting rooms, holy spring, monks and priest houses in the monastery complex. It is thought that the monastery can accommodate 200 people. Cappadocia is one of the places you should definitely see on your trip.

Elmalı Church is consists of nine domes, four columns, closed cross plan and three abscissa structures. Entered the church is through the main entrance at the front and a tunnel from the back side. The decorations of the Apple Church, which is like a work of art due to its architecture and decorations. So, cross and geometric motifs made with red paint on the wall.

Yılanlı Church is a picture on the wall of the church, a man with female breasts. There is green dragon figure on the wall of the church, depicting St. George fighting the dragon, so they said name of the church the serpentine church because of the snake resemblance.

Dark Church has a sheltered solid entrance. And can only be enter this tunnel. It is the best church among the churches in Cappadocia.

St. Catherine’s Chapel is between the Dark Church and Carikli Church. There are eleven tombs in St. Catherine’s Chapel.

Carikli Church the name of church,  took it from his footprints beneath the fresco that depicts Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It differs from the crucifixion of Jesus and the stages of his removal from the cross.

Tokali Church is biggest church in the region. Located just outside the Göreme Open Air Museum. This Church has with the fresco of the Virgin Mary, which has the most beautiful you have ever seen.

Cappadocia Activities

Cappadocia horse safari

Cappadocia horse safari

Cappadocia Walking, after getting to know the area, you will have more information about the area by walking. You get to know local people and local life more closely.

Cappadocia ATV Rental is available for those who have difficulty walking. You can also visit the region with these vehicles.

Cappadocia Horse Safari, you can go on a safari with a horse farm in Göreme and Avanos.

Cappadocia Wine Taste, the most important agricultural product of Cappadocia region is vineyards and winemaking. There is a wine culture dating back to very old times. Exquisite wines are produced from white and red grapes grown here. We strongly recommend you taste it.

Turkish Night Show

Turkish nights are organized to introduce Turkish culture and have fun in Cappadocia. The interest of foreign tourists is great. You can have fun with different dances such as whirling dervish show, oriental dance, traditional Turkish folklore dances in underground rock-carved underground restaurants. You are also affected by the atmosphere of Cappadocia, with the delicious food of the local cuisine and fine wines of quality.

Cappadocia Pottery Kebabs

testi-kebabi

Testi kebabi

The most famous dish of the Cappadocia region is the Pottery kebab (testi kebab). Traditional pottery kebab is prepared by placing meat and ingredients in a pot called pottery produced in Avanos, by cooking them in tandoori. This meal, made in all restaurants in Cappadocia, is presented to the service of the customer with a show. We definitely recommend you to eat this kebab.

Cappadocia Ceramic Workshops

Avanos is a little far from other places. Kızılırmak passes right in the middle of the town. The art of red clay and ceramics, extracted from Kızılırmak, the largest river in Central Anatolia, gained importance here. You will be amazed at the workmanship done in this place where the soil turns into art. There are many local ceramic workshops in Avanos. Lets see and try to make pottery in Avanos and unique features of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia Cave Hotels

There are many beautiful old Cappadocia mansion hotels and Cappadocia rock cave hotels for accommodation in Cappadocia. We recommend that you only stay in these hotels with properties belonging to this region. You will experience the atmosphere you will not find anywhere else.

Cappadocia Tours

Those who come to visit Cappadocia usually stay for a day or two. Staying longer will help you get to know the area for 3 or 4 days. We recommend you to stay for a long time to discover the fascinating beauty of Cappadocia.
If you stay short, you should definitely take part in local expert guided tours. Those who stay for a day or two in Cappadocia, which is a very large region, will have information about the region with local expert guided tours. For those who stay for a long time, we recommend you to join guided tours first, then you can travel on your own with the information provided by your guide. Lets see and visit, unique features of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tours

And what we definitely recommend you to do in Cappadocia is a hot air balloon ride. You have watched the sunrise in many places in the world, but watching the sunrise while flying with a hot air balloon is an incredible view. The beautiful view of Cappadocia becomes even more beautiful with the sunrise. Hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia are held in Göreme Valley. This is the best place for Cappadocia hot air balloon flights. Every day, at the earliest hours of the morning, balloons rise at the same moment as the sunrise. Discover the beauty of Cappadocia by hot air balloon tour and unique features of Cappadocia.

Welcome to Cappadocia

We would like to be happy to see you in Cappadocia, and explore all these beauties. We recommend Cappadocia hot air balloon tours to see the Cappadocia from a bird’s eye view.

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What can you do in Istanbul

Tour with Guide (What can you do in Istanbul)

Tour with Guide (What can you do in Istanbul)

What can you do in Istanbul

There are many things  to do in Istanbul city. With its natural beauty, Bosphorus, history, culture and daily city life.  Istanbul is very big a city worth seeing.

  • Istanbul Daily Tours

    Walking Tour

    Walking Tour (What can you do in Istanbul)

Walking Old City Tours; The first places to visit in Istanbul are the historical peninsula because important historical monuments such as museums and mosques are here. Historical peninsula tours are guided walking tours since it is a pedestrian zone, closed to vehicle traffic. There are tours in full day or half day, morning and afternoon. We recommend that you take a full day tour. During the guided walking tours, places such as Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar are visited. Full day tours include lunch from traditional Turkish cuisine.

For a second day tour; there are different tours if you want to visit other places. For example; You can visit places such as Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Camlıca Hill, Golden Horn, City Walls, Kariye Church Museum, Pierre Loti Hill on a full day. This tour is accompanied by a local guide and a minivan. Lunch including from traditional Turkish cuisine.

  • Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Tours

Bosphorus Short Boat Tours; The most beautiful place of Istanbul is undoubtedly the natural beauty of the Bosphorus. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is two continents.

Bosphorus Boat tours

Bosphorus Boat (What can you do in Istanbul)

When you come to Istanbul, you should definitely take a Bosphorus boat tour on the Bosphorus. Watching the beauty with a boat tour between the continents of Europe and Asia will make you happy. Daily boat tours are organized in the morning and afternoon, 2-hour short tours.

Bosphorus Full Day Tour; Combining with the boat and minivan, long tours are organized as a full day tour. You can visit the Bosphorus boat tour with the local guide, Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar and Camlica Hill. Lunch is include in the tour. You travel the European and Asian continents both by boat and by minibus.

Dinner Cruise Tours are organize in the evening at Bosphorus. Daytime boat tours are organize for cultural purposes and nighttime boat tours are organize for entertainment purposes.

  • Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Double Deck Bus Tour

You can take a hop-on hop-off tour with double-decker buses in Istanbul. The main stops are Sultanahmet Square and Taksim Square. There are intermediate stops such as Eminönü, Sirkeci, Karaköy, Tophane, Dolmabahce, Tepebasi. These buses, which do not have a live local guide, have automatic guides that provide information from the headset in 8 different languages. Two different companies move on different routes every day, every hour. The worst part of Istanbul is the crowde vehicle traffic. It gets worse at work, rainy weather. If you want to tour these buses, pay attention to the traffic.

  • Day Tours from Istanbul by Minibus

Daily tours with minibuses are also organize to places close to Istanbul. You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and drop off back to your hotel when the tour ends.

Tour Bus (What can you do in Istanbul)

Tour Bus (What can you do in Istanbul)

 

Princes’ Islands; Princes’ Islands are popular places for those who live in Istanbul. There are 4 major islands to visit. It is Buyukada, Heybeliada, Kinaliada and Burgazada. Daily guided tour, it will take you to Büyükkada and Heybeliada. Princes’ Islands are 1 hour distance from Istanbul by boat.

Bursa Tour;  Bursa is the first capital city Ottoman imperial. You can see Green Mosque, Silk market and cable car to Uludag. It is 3 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.

Sapanca Tour; Sapanca and Masukiye is green place. Masukiye waterfall and Sapanca lake will be interesting. It is 2 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.

Edirne Tour; Edirne is the second capital city for Ottoman imperial. You can see great Selimiye mosque, Old mosque, Beyazid musical terapy center and Meric river. It is 2,5  hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.

Sile-Agva Tour; Sile and Agva at the black sea cost villages in the Istanbul. You can see village life, Agva river and black see beach. It is 2 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.

If you like to go tour with tour agency will pick you from your hotel in the morning. When tour finish they drop off you back to your hotel. Just contact to them.

  • Day Tours from Istanbul by Flight

Daily tours are also organize by plane to places far from Istanbul. You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and drop off back to your hotel when the evening tour ends.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia (What can you do in Istanbul)

Cappadocia Tour; You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Istanbul airport. When you arrive at the Cappadocia airport, you will be pick up by a minibus. You will be transfer to the starting point of the tour. You can experience an unforgettable day by visiting Cappadocia tour with a full-day local guide and minibus. Museum entrances and local lunches are including. You will be drop off at Cappadocia airport. When you arrive at Istanbul airport, you will be drop off back at your hotel in Istanbul.

Pamukkale Tour; You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Istanbul airport. When you arrive at Denizli airport, you will be taken by minibus. You will be transfer to the starting point of the tour. You will have an unforgettable day by visiting Pamukkale tour with a full-day local guide and minibus. Museum entrances and local lunches are including. At the end of the tour, you will be drop to Denizli airport. When you arrive at Istanbul airport, you will be drop off back at your hotel in Istanbul.

Ephesus Tour; You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Istanbul airport. When you arrive at Izmir airport, you will be taken by minibus. You will be transfer to the starting point of the tour. You will experience an unforgettable day by visiting the Ephesus and Virgin Mary House with a full-day local guide and minibus. Museum entrances and local lunches are including. After the tour, you will be drop off at Izmir airport. When you arrive at Istanbul airport, you will be drop off back at your hotel in Istanbul.

  • Istanbul Whirling Dervish Show

The real place of the sema show is Konya. The Seb-i Arûs Ceremonies, the most spectacular example of the Sema Show, are organize every year in December in Konya. However, a show for touristic purposes is also held in Istanbul.

Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes

Hocapasa Cultural Center; The most known place is the Hocapasa cultural center in Sirkeci, near the train station. There is a show every evening at 7pm. It takes about 1 hour performance.

Sirkeci Train Station Orient Express Hall; There is also a show in the Orient Express hall inside the Sirkeci train station. This show is not everday. This is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It is at 7pm.

Galata Mevlevihanesi; There is also performance in the famous Galata Mevlevihane. It is every mount one time on last sunday.

  • Istanbul Nights

Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus; The best night entertainment in Istanbul is Dinner cruise boat tour on the Bosphorus. There are delicious food, drinks, belly dancer, folk dance and other similar show entertainment. You will have fun with the night view of the Bosphorus. Boats usually depart at 21:00. Will return after 3 hours.

Kumkapi Fish Village; There are many fish restaurants here. The songs sung by street musicians accompanied by delicious meals will give you a pleasant time.

Taksim; There are night clubs and restaurants with international food and belly dancer in Taksim square area.

Nevizade

Nevizade (What can you do in Istanbul)

Istiklal Street; There are some night clubs, working until morning. It is always a crowde street. This is the most crowded street of Istanbul.

Nevizade; Beer is server at small tables on the small streets. It is a place where there are many young people and students.

Flower Passage; It is on Istiklal Avenue. There are very nice fish restaurants inside . You can get your drink in beer houses. It is a beautiful old building.

Ortaköy; It is a beautiful seaside place with restaurants and cafes in the streets.

Galata Bridge; There are fish restaurants under the bridge. You will have a pleasant time at the seafront.

Bosphorus; There are many beautiful fish restaurants on the seafront in the Bosphorus at Asian side or Europen side. These are more expensive than other places.

  • Istanbul Legoland

Istanbul Legoland; is in Forum Istanbul shopping center in Bayrampasa, Istanbul. It is great place for children. They can play with legos and inside Miniland, 4D cinema, Kingdom quest, Creative workshop, Merlin’s apprentice and cafee shop. You can go to Forum shopping center by metro from Aksaray station.

  • Istanbul Theme Parks

    Isfanbul

    Isfanbul  (What can you do in Istanbul)

Isfanbul (Vialand); Turkey’s first theme park. It is on the European side. It is a place where you can enjoy shopping and entertainment with its outdoor activity areas. There are very nice games and water parks for children to have fun.

Tuzla Marina ViaSea; It is on the Asian side of Istanbul. There are shopping streets, shops, food and beverage points. There are outdoor activity areas and shopping places. Lionpark and Viasea Aquarium will also attract your attention. Istanbul city center is about 1 hour by car. It is worth going because it is a good entertainment place.

  • Istanbul Aquariums

Florya Istanbul Aquarium; It is among the largest thematic aquariums in the world, locate within the Aqua Florya Shopping Center. With its travel route, theme, rain forest and new generation technology, it hosts 17 thousand sea creatures. There are 17 themes and 1 rainforest. Florya Aquarium Istanbul, Turkey’s first penguins, the sand tiger sharks and red-bellied piranhas are now staying.

Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium; Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium is in Forum Istanbul shopping center in Bayrampaşa, Istanbul. This is Turkey’s largest aquarium. It is among the largest aquariums in the world, with an 80-meter glass underwater observation tunnel. They offers visitors the opportunity to study more than 10 thousand sea creatures, including rare sharks, stingrays, octopuses and sea turtles.

Tuzla Marina ViaSea Aquarium; Located on the Asian side, the world’s first climate-themed aquarium. ViaSea Aquarium is the longest and widest aquarium tunnel in Istanbul with its 88-meter tunnel aquarium. More than 12,000 sea creatures await you in 47 different theme exhibitions. A fun filled with sharks awaits you in Istanbul’s longest underwater aquarium tunnel.

Emarr Aquarium; It is in Emaar Shopping Center on the Asian Side. There are over 20,000 marine creatures from 200 species, including the Rocky Tank, the Main Tank including the tunnel aquarium, the Forests, Rivers and Waterfalls, the Penguin Island, the Crocodile Kingdom, and the thematic sections.

  • Istanbul Miniaturk

Miniaturk is also named as the “Showcase of Turkey”, where you can find many important structures of Turkey in small scales, models of architectural master pieces representing the Anatolian and Ottoman civilizations. Models of 105 historical and architectural work you can see here.

  • Istanbul Historical Turkish Baths

    Cagaloglu bath

    Turkish Bath (What can you do in Istanbul)

Cagaloglu Bath; Cagaloglu Turkish Bath built in 1741. It is one of the historical baths of Istanbul. It is on Yerebatan Street starting from the Basilica Cistern. Cagaloglu Bath is the only Turkish bath in the New York Times ‘1000 Places to See Before Death’ list.

Cemberlitas Bath; Cemberlitas Bath built in 1584. It is one of the oldest baths in Istanbul. It is one of the most preferred baths for tourists with its location close to the Grand Bazaar.

Süleymaniye Bath; The Süleymaniye Bath built in 1552. It is one of the oldest baths in Istanbul and is a very popular place. The most important feature that distinguishes the Süleymaniye Bath from other baths is that it accepts couples together. There is no distinction between men and women in traditional bath culture in this bath. It is the most preferre bath by foreign couples who want to experience the Turkish bath experience together.

Galatasaray Bath; Galatasaray Bath  built in 1461. As it is locate in Beyoglu district, it attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists. It is an ideal bathhouse for those staying near Taksim Square.

Aga Bath; Aha Bath is the oldest Turkish bath. Since it built in 1454. It is locate in Cihangir district of Beyoglu. It is one of the rare baths where couples can enter together.

  • 3 Big football teams of Istanbul

    Besiktas Stadium

    Besiktas Stadium

Istanbul has 3 world-famous football teams. Their matches are always exciting. Tribune shows are interesting. Derby matches they play in Istanbul are very high excitement. It is a nice activity for football fans to go to the match.

Besiktas; (1903 – Black and White) is Turkey’s oldest sports club. It has a symbol as a Black Eagle. Besiktas stadium is the closest and easiest to the city center. The stadium capacity is 45.000 people. It is opposite the Dolmabahce Palace. You can easily go from Taksim and Sultanahmet.

Galatasaray; (1905 – Yellow and Red) It has a symbol as Lions. There is a metro transportation to go to Galatasaray stadium. The stadium capacity is 54.000 people. You need to take the metro from Taksim square and walk 10 minutes after getting off at Seyrantepe metro station.

Fenerbahce; (1907 – Yellow and Navy) Yellow Canaries are the symbol. Fenerbahce stadium is on the Asian side. The stadium capacity is 52.000 people. First you should go to Kadıköy by ferry. You need to walk 20 minutes from Kadıköy port to the stadium. Or you can take a taxi from Kadiköy.

 

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Traditional Turkish Culture

Traditional Turkish Culture

Traditional Turkish Culture

Turkish people attach great importance to traditional national values. Turks have a very long history. Traditional Turkish culture that has been formed throughout this history always stands out. One of these traditional values ​​is national and religious holidays. Values ​​such as love, peace, tolerance and coexistence are important for Turkish people in every holiday. When national holidays come, people and especially children spend great excitement.

Turkish Hospitality
One of the most important features of Turkish people is that they are extremely hospitable. They make an elaborate effort to make their guests comfortable and make them feel like they are at home. Turkish carpet and rug patterns, Turkish cuisine, Turkish folk dances and Turkish musical instruments are the indicators of this traditional culture.

Handicrafts
Another indicator of traditional Turkish culture is handicrafts. In every region of Turkey are very valuable handicrafts. These crafts attract the attention of the tourists.

Turkish Culture
Turkish culture goes back to very ancient times of thousands of years. All cultural influences from that era to the present can be seen. As the Turks spread over a wide geography, they interacted with many other nations. They also contributed to those cultures.
One of the most basic features of Turks is that they are patriots. Turkish culture requires tolerance and respect. Respect for adults is always very important. Grandparents live with the baile and their names are given to the grandchildren.

Turkish Cuisine
Turkish cuisine is a cuisine with a wide variety of richness. The unique tastes of the Turks living in a wide geography extending from Central Asia to Europe have become the most popular dishes in the world. Turkish cuisine is one of the most diverse and richest cuisines in the world. They cook a variety of incredible flavors from many vegetables. They make kebabs of various flavors from meat.
bride to Turkey every year to live the experience of Turkish cuisine.

The leading dishes of Turkish Cuisine that we will recommend to everyone;

Döner kebap

Sarma Dolma

Pide

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lentil Soup
  • Ezogelin Soup
  • Meat Döner Kebap
  • Chicken Döner Kebab
  • Iskender Döner with Yogurt
  • Spicy Adana kebab
  • Urfa kebab without spicy
  • Lamb meat shish kebab
  • Chicken shish kebab
  • Lahmacun
  • Meatballs
  • Spicy raw meatballs
  • Stuffed meatballs
  • Roasting meat
  • Bread with meat
  • Meat pita
  • Yoghurt Ravioli
  • Anchovy fish
  • Stuffed leaves
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Eggplant stuffed
  • Haricot bean
  • Lamb tandoori
  • Pottery kebab
  • Turkish bagel
  • Turkish patty
  • Turkish baklava
  • Turkish delight
  • Turkish tea
  • Turkish coffee

Traditional Turkish cuisine and many unique flavors are waiting for you. You have many reasons to come to Turkey. We would like to be happy if we see you in Turkey.

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Mosques of Istanbul

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Mosques of Istanbul

Mosques of Istanbul; Istanbul is a big city that has been the capital for hundreds of years. It is a city that always attracts the attention of the world. Thousand of places of worship have been built throughout history. They built churches  first and then mosques. Many of them are in historical artifacts. Some of churches remained as church and some of later converted into a mosque. We searched for you. We have listed the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul history.

This is the most important you should see mosques of Istanbul;

  • Sultanahmet Camii; Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is known as the Blue Mosque by everyone because it bluish interior decoration blue tiles.  It is one of the most important mosques in Istanbul standing next to the Byzantine Hippodrome. The mosque built between 1609-1616. Its architect Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa is the student of the greatest architect Sinan.
  • Ayasofya Camii; It is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque. Now, one of the most important museums of Istanbul considered as a World Heritage by UNESCO. It is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture.
    Mosque of Istanbul

    Mosques of Istanbul – Süleymaniye

  • Süleymaniye Camii; Süleymaniye Mosque is built on one of the highest hills of Istanbul between 1551-1557. This is one of the most important works of Mimar Sinan. This work transformed into magnificence like other works of Mimar Sinan. It described by Mimar Sinan as “my journeyman”. This is a complex, consisting of the Süleymaniye Mosque, madrasas, library, hospital, medical school, Turkish bath, imaret, treasury and shops.
  • Eyüp Sultan Camii; Eyüp Sultan Mosque is a very special and holy mosque for the Islamic world. The Eyüp Sultan is one of the most holy and important mosques in all of Turkey. It is so rever because it located on the site of the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Eyüp Ensari). He is a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed. He died during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678).
  • Fatih Camii; The Fatih Mosque Complex (Fatih Camii ve Külliyesi) in Istanbul has a lovely interior like many Turkish mosques, but the primary importance of this mosque is its illustrious permanent resident, Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih Sultan Mehmet).
  • Nuruosmaniye Camii; Nuruosmaniye Mosque started by Sultan Mahmud I in 1748. And completed by Sultan Osman III in 1755. It’s a typical Baroque and Rococo style mosque which is a very popular architecture of 1700’s within the Ottoman Empire. The mosque built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul by a Greek minority architect named Simeon and Mustafa Aga.
    Mosque of Istanbul

    Mosques of Istanbul – Ortaköy Mosque

  • Ortaköy Mecidiye Camii; Built on the 18th century mosque. It is located just before the Bosphorus Bridge. This mosque has to have one of the most picturesque settings of all of the Istanbul mosques. Because, Ortaköy Mosque photos, with the bridge the background are often used to demonstrate that particular Istanbul.
  • Rüstem Pasa Camii; Rüstem Pasha Mosque is one of the works of the great Turkish architect Sinan. This mosque built by Grand Vizier Rüstempasha (1560). It is located in Nalburlar Bazaar, near the Eminönü New Mosque and the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.
  • Bayezid Camii; Built from 1500 to 1505 under Sultan Beyazid II, Beyazid Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Istanbul. It is located next to Istanbul University and the Grand Bazaar in the center of a large 16th-century complex that includes schools and other buildings.
  • Sehzadebasi Camii; Süleyman the Magnificent built this square-shaped mosque between 1543 and 1548 as a memorial to his son Mehmet. Who died of smallpox in 1543 at the age of 22. This mosque is first important mosque to be design by Mimar Sinan. And has a lovely garden setting, two double-balconied minarets and attractive exterior decoration.
  • Yavuz Selim Camii; Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque, the sultan to whom this mosque dedicated (Süleyman the Magnificent’s father). He did, however, lay the groundwork for his son’s imperial success and, to this day, Istanbul‘s love his mosque.
  • Iskender Pasa Camii; It is on Fatih Vatan Avenue. II. One of the viziers of Bayezid is Iskender Pasha. He is the governor of Rumeli Beylerbeyi, twice vizier, and three times as governor of Bosnia.
    Mosque of Istanbul

    Mosques of Istanbul – Dolmabahce Mosque

  • Dolmabahce Bezmialem Valide Sultan Camii; Located on the shore of Bosphorus in Dolmabahce. This Mosque has to have one of the most unique architecture among all of the Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. The mosque is commissioned by Bezmialem Valide Sultan in 1852, who is the mother of Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid I. Bezmialem Valide Sultan passed away in 1853 and the mosque  finished in 1855 with Abdülmecid I’s financial aid.
  • Ishak Pasa Camii;  Ishak Pasha Mosque, this late 15th-century mosque built by the grand vizier of the same name and renovated in 1951. At one end of Akbiyik Street is the small Ishak Pasha Mosque that dates back to 1482. It is one of the oldest mosques in the Istanbul. It built for Ishak Pasha who is the Grand Vizier to Mehmed II and Beyazid II.
  • Atik Ali Pasa Camii; Atik Ali Pasha Mosque a old Ottoman mosque located in the Cemberlitas. Its construction started under the orders of the future Grand Vizier Hadım Atik Ali Pasha in 1496. And it completed in 1497, during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II. The mosque is located near the entrance to the Grand Bazaar, the Column of Constantine, and the historical Nuruosmaniye Mosque.
  • Corlulu Ali Pasa Camii; Corlulu Ali Pasha Mosque is a historic location in the university neighborhood of Beyazit. And this is popular with students who still come to hang out here from the nearby universities. This is 300-year-old Medrese. It is a religious school and dervish lodge during the Ottoman times, before becoming a bustling bazaar area in the mid-20th century.
  • Nusretiye Camii; Located on the shore of Bosphorus in Tophane, the Nusretiye Camii (in Turkish) -also called Tophane Mosque- has to have one of the most ornamented and decorated among all of the Istanbul mosques. It built in 1826. the Nusretiye Mosque is a very good example of the combination of Baroque and Empire architectural styles.
  • Murat Pasa Camii; This uniquely striped mosque  near Yusufpasha stations. Built just 20 years after the fall of Constantinople in 1473. The interior of the mosque appears to be longer than the exterior and over the entrance is a superb calligraphy inscription made by Ali Sofi.

The mosque has styles, from Baroque to North African to Gothic and Ottoman

Mosque of Istanbul

Mosques of Istanbul – Valide Sultan

  • Valide Sultan Camii; Valide Sultan Mosque, located on the old Roman road that runs West from the Hagia Sophia and past the Grand Bazaar, this mosque is between the modern metro stations of Aksaray and Vezneciler. Seen from the main road, the building’s Turkish Rococo marble work is an impressive and unexpected sight. Built in the late 19th century. This mosque has an eclectic mixture of styles and influences, from Baroque to North African to Gothic and Ottoman.
  • Sümbül Efendi Camii; Koca Mustafa Pasha Mosque is popularly known as Sümbül Efendi Mosque or Sümbül Tomb. Its official name is Pîr Yusuf Sümbül Sinan. It is a religious building from the Eastern Roman period in the Koca Mustafa Pasha district of Istanbul. The monastery works from the apostle named Hagios Andreas and Krisei, believed to impose Christianity on the Byzantine people.
  • Ramazan Efendi Camii; The mosque, built by Mimar Sinan in 1585, has a single minaret and hipped roof. Hüsrev Celebi Mosque is also known as Bezirganbasi Mosque. The reason why they called Ramazan Efendi because that the name of the tekke sheikh here is Ramazan Efendi. Ramazan Efendi lies on the left of the mosque entrance door in his tomb adjacent to the building.
  • Zeynep Sultan Camii; Zeynep Sultan Mosque built in 1769. By architect Mehmet Tahir Aga for Ahmed III’s daughter Zeynep Asime Sultan. It evokes Byzantine churches because of its architectural style and materials that were used in its construction.The mosque is on Alemdar Street in Istanbul, across the street from Gülhane Park, not far from the Hagia Sophia, and viewable from the tram that circulates the city.
  • Kalenderhane Camii; This is a building from the Eastern Roman period in the Vefa district of Istanbul. It is in the form of the Eastern Orthodox Church. This church converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 18th century. Most likely the church dedicated to Theotokos Kyriotissa in its original state.
    Mosque of Istanbul

    Mosques of Istanbul -Sokullu Mosque

  • Sokollu Mehmed Pasa Camii; Sokullu Mehmed Pasha Mosque designed by imperial architect Sinan. The mosque completed around 1571. It built on a steep slope. And feature an interesting two-story courtyard in front of the mosque. The bottom level of the courtyard consisted of shops whose rents would support the upkeep of the mosque. The complex included a madrassah and accommodations for the students.
  • Sinan Pasa Camii; Sinan Pasha Mosque, built by famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1555. The Sinan Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque located in Besiktas. Sinan Pasha Mosque has another name, this is the Besiktas Mosque.

Two mosques built for Mihrimah Sultan

  • Mihrimah Sultan Camii; There are two mosques same name for Mihrimah Sultan. One of the mosques is located at Edirnekapi, on the European side. And the other one at Üsküdar district on the Asian shores.
  • Semsi Pasa Camii; The Semsi Pasha Mosque, located right on the shore of the Üsküdar coast. It built in 1580 by Semsi Ahmet Pasha to Mimar Sinan. The dome of the square planned mosque, made of cut stone, sits on an eight-faced pulley. Its courtyard has two doors, one opening to the sea side and the other to the park direction. The minaret of the mosque placed on the main structure and in the corner. The Other Name is Asparagus Mosque.
  • Valide-i Atik Camii; II in Üsküdar district. Selim’s wife, III. Murat’s mother Afife Nur-Bânû is a mosque and complex built by Mimar Sinan by Valide Sultan. Its construction date is 1583.
  • Vaniköy Camii; Vaniköy Mosque, located right on the shores of the Bosphorus, It founded by Vani Mehmet Efendi. This mosque built in the 17th century on the land given by Mehmed.
  • Yeni Valide Camii; New Valide Mosque, also known as Valide-i Cedid Mosque. It is located on Uncular Avenue and Hakimiyet-i Milliye Avenue in Üsküdar district. Mustafa and III. This mosque built by Ahmet’s mother Emetullah Râbi by Gülnûs Sultan. It built between 1708-1711 by Mehmed Aga from Kayseri."<yoastmark
  • Eminönü Yeni Camii; New Mosque, which means “yeni”, is one of the popular landmarks on the Eminonu coast. This is the mosque whose foundation laid in 1597 and completed in 1665 and opened. With its large courtyard and turquoise, blue and white Iznik tiles, the mosque is one of the places worth seeing.
  • Beylerbeyi Camii; The Beylerbeyi Mosque 18th century building also known as the Hamidi Evvel Mosque. It is a selatin mosque in the Beylerbeyi district. This building is one of the most beautiful mansion mosques in Istanbul. This mosque built by Sultan Abdulhamid I in the memory of his mother Rabia Sermi Sultan. And opened for worship on August 15, 1778. The place where the Cardigan-i Serif cell office of the former Beylerbeyi (Istavroz) Palace located. The mosque has a baroque style architecture.
  • Zeyrek Camii; Zeyrek Mosque is locate in the Unkapani Zeyrek district of Istanbul. It is a religious building built in the Byzantine period. Pantokrator Monastery Church is the original name. They used as a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul. It is the second largest old church in Istanbul after Saint Sophia. Only a part of it is used as a mosque in today.
  • Rum Mehmed Pasa Camii; Rum Mehmet Pasha Mosque or Rumi Mehmet Pasha Mosque is a historical place of worship from the Ottoman period. Located in the district of Üsküdar. This mosque built by the Greek-born Ottoman vizier, Rum Mehmed Pasha. This is the first mosque on the Anatolian Side of Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire. There are a total of four rooms on both sides. The rooms on the right are transitive. The mosque, the construction of which started in 1469. It completed in 1471 after 2 years of construction period and opened to worship. The mosque carries architecturally Byzantine and Ottoman influences together.
  • Hirka-i Serif Camii;  It is built by Sultan Sultan Abdulmecid to preserve and visit the cardigan (Hirka-i Sharif) that Muhammad gave to Veysel Karani. This mosque has a very important place in the religious folklore of Istanbul. The place where is the Cardigan-i Sharif kept. This mosque built in 1851.
  • Cinili Camii; Tiled Mosque, Orta Valide Mosque or Mahpeyker Kösem Valide Sultan Mosque is a historical mosque from the Ottoman Period. Located in the Murat Reis District of Üsküdar district. This mosque built by Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan. The wife of Ahmet I. This mosque, whose began in 1638, and opened to worship in 1640 after a 2-year construction period.
  • Arap Camii; Arap Mosque The mosque located in the Galata district. The sanctuary, formerly known as San (Saint) Paolo Church / San (Saint) Domenico Church, converted into a mosque in 1453. This is the only Gothic church left before conquest in Istanbul.

 

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All About Cappadocia

All About Cappadocia

All About Cappadocia

 

All About Cappadocia

Cappadocia has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1985. You can not see fairy chimneys in a beautiful place like in Cappadocia. Cappadocia is a very large region and there are many natural beauty and historical places to see here. You can see churches carved into the rocks everywhere. Göreme Open Air Museum is in the best condition. We have prepared visitable places and some short information for you. You can see All About Cappadocia at the bottom of the page.

Ürgüp; Ürgüp is the largest and most developed settlement in the Cappadocia region. There are fairy chimneys and newly discovered caves here. You can watch all of Ürgüp and its surroundings from Temenni Hill, the highest hill of Ürgüp.

Avanos; The red river passes right in the middle of the Avanos town. The art of ceramics, with red clay from red river, gained importance here. You will be amazing how they use to the soil and how turns into art.

Pigeon Valley: Between Uchisar and Göreme and covering an area of 4 kilometers, Pigeon Valley has taken its name from the pigeon nests carved into the rocks.

Güllüdere Valley: You will see the best of the fairy chimneys and the most artistic stance while walking in the valley. You will see ruins and churches belonging to the monastic life of ancient Christians, in the valley.

Zemi Valley: Sarnic Church, Görkündere Church, Saklı Church, and El Nazar Church are in this valley. You will find rich vegetation in this hidden valley, which is quite suitable for walking.

Uchisar Castle: Uchisar Castle is high point of Cappadocia; The snowy head of Erciyes, Kızılcukur, Ürgüp, Avanos, or the whole region is spreading under your feet. This place is where you can watch the sunset and take panoramic pictures of Cappadocia.

Pasabagi Valley: Valley of the Pasabagi Priests is one of the valleys where you can watch interesting formations of the fairy chimneys. They named to Saint Simeon in the middle of the valley which is the three-headed fairy chimney.

Devrent Valley: The other names of Devrent Valley is Dream Valley and Haunted Valley. There are fairy chimneys in the form of the famous camel and different silhouettes, which you will sometimes liken to an animal and sometimes to a human. Can you to find the fairy chimney of the Virgin Mary who opened her hands in this visual feast.

Zelve Valley: Zelve Valley is one of the largest open-air museums in Cappadocia. You will see the most pointed and wide body fairy chimneys here. This valley is one of the most important religious centers for Christians, because there are 15 churches here.

Özkonak Underground City:  Ozkonak Underground City is one of the heritage of the world. This city is thought to has been made in 400 years.  It is consists of four floors.

Ihlara Valley:  There are 105 historical artifacts in the valley which extends for 14 kilometers in a canyon at a depth of 120 meters. This valley is the most secret, deepest and most mysterious of Cappadocia.

Derinkuyu Underground City: Derinkuyu is the largest underground city of Cappadocia. There is deep well in the middle of the city, this is reason why it is name of city. This city has 8 floors of space.

Kaymakli Underground City: Kaymakli is the second largest underground city of Cappadocia. This city has made under the hill which is the Castle of Kaymakli.  This city open for visiting in 1964.

Ortahisar Castle;  You can visit Ortahisar Castle, about 90 meters high and Cappadocia Ethnographic Museums and Hallaç Monastery are located here, and you can visit the Pancarlık valley near to here.

Cavusin Village; Cavusin is on the road of Göreme-Avanos, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia. The church, built in the name of John the Baptist in Cavusin, is located in a dominant place.

Soganli Valley; The Soganli valley has a large area of 25 km, So there are about 50 churches here but you can visit 15 of. Important churches in the valley are Karabas, Yilanli, Kubbeli and the Church of St.Barbara (Tahtali).

Goreme Valley and Goreme Open-Air Museum: Goreme is a place where you will enter a completely different world. In this different world where the missionary and seclusion of Christians escaped from oppression and where the monastic life started, you will meet many churches, chapels and living areas carved into the rocks.

Places to See in Göreme Open Air Museum

Male and Girl Monastery; At the entrance of the Göreme Open Air Museum, there is the monastery, which is called the Girl and Boy Monastery or called the Nuns and Priests Monastery. It is a seven-storey complex with a kitchen, chapel and church. This Monastery is connected to each other by tunnels on the ground floor. Only the first two floors of the monastery are open to visitors.

St. Basil’s Chapel; This Chapel is located on the entrance side of the Göreme Museum.  The tombs of chapels smaller than the church, made for a particular person, are different. There is a cemetery where some important people are buried in another section separated from the main section by columns at the entrance of the church.

Elmalı Church; Elmalı Church consists of nine domes, four columns, closed cross plan and three abscissa structures. Entered the church is through the main entrance at the front and a tunnel from the back side. The decorations of the Apple Church, which is like a work of art due to its architecture and decorations. So, cross and geometric motifs made with red paint on the wall.

St. Barbara Chapel; This Chapel is behind the rock block where the Elmalı Church. They used Geometric patterns without a human figure. The name of the church comes from Egypt Saint Barbara, because who was martyred due to his father’s Christian faith.

Yılanlı Church; There is a picture on the wall of the church, a man with female breasts. There is green dragon figure on the wall of the church, depicting St. George fighting the dragon, so they said name of the church the serpentine church because of the snake resemblance.

Dark Church; The Dark Church has a sheltered solid entrance. And can only be enter this tunnel. It is the best church among the churches in Cappadocia.

St. Catherine’s Chapel; St. Catherine’s Chapel is between the Dark Church and Çarıklı Church. St. There are eleven tombs in Catherine.

Carikli Church; Carikli Church, the name of Hz. He took it from his footprints beneath the fresco that depicts Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It differs from the crucifixion of Jesus and the stages of his removal from the cross.

Tokali Church; This Church is biggest church in the region. Located just outside the Göreme Open Air Museum. This Church has with the fresco of the Virgin Mary, which has the most beautiful you have ever seen.

If you want to visit all these places, one week time is enough. You can rent a car, rent a atv, take a guided daily Cappadoica tours, take a ride fly hot air balloon , ride a bike, join the horse safari. There are many activities you can do. All About Cappadocia inform you.

There are very beautiful special hotel in Cappadocia.  Engraved hotels inside the cave. Hotels made from old mansions. All of them are a separate beauty. You can stay in one of these hotels.

We will be happy if we see you in Cappadocia, Let’s discover all beauties of All About Cappadocia.

 

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All About Istanbul

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All About Istanbul; Istanbul is the only city in the world that connects the two continents. It has been the capital of the world’s largest empires. Different people, different states have left a mark in this city. In this big city, there are many places to visit and museums.
The historical treasures left by the Ottoman Empire and by the Byzantine Empire are worth seeing, so there are many historical treasures that have survived until today. Visitors from all over the world come to see these historical artifacts.

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities to see. Because, this city is deserves with natural beauty and historical heritage.Among the most important places, we can count popular places such as Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Galata Tower. We have prepared a list for you for all about Istanbul visiting places.

The best places to visit in Istanbul;

Bosphorus; The most beautiful place in Istanbul. You will be amazing by its enchanting natural beauty. Attending a boat trip between Asia and Europe is a must-do activity.

Topkapi Palace; A magnificent palace where the Ottoman sultans lived. It will take you back in history. Be sure to see it.

Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia); Hagia Sophia is a great historical work that has remained from Byzantine until

Cistern

Basilica Cistern

today. It has the largest dome in its period. It served as a church, a cathedral and a mosque. Today it continues to serve as a museum.

Basilica Cistern; It is a water tank to meet water Istanbul needs. It will be fun to walk around the pillars.

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque); This mosque is built for the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet II. The Blue mosque has with six minarets. They called blue because they made of blue tiles inside the mosque.

Grand Bazaar; This bazaar is the oldest and largest covered market all around the world. There are thousands of small shops that do all kinds of trade inside. It has set an example for making today’s shopping malls.

Spice Bazaar; They called spice market, as it is often selling as a spices. This is the second largest covered market in Istanbul.

Dolmabahce Palace; This palace is a large modern palace built on the Bosporus coast in the late Ottoman period. Dolmabahce palace is bigger than Topkapi Palace.

Maiden’s Tower; This tower is built on the Byzantine period. Ships passing through the Bosphorus are lighthouses

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

that prevent them from hitting the rocks.

Galata Tower; One of the tallest and oldest towers in Istanbul. This tower is built in the 14th century by the Genoese colony as part of the defensive wall surrounding its areas in Galata.

Rumeli Fortress; This fortress is built by Ottoman Sultan II. Mehmet. It is on the European side. In order to prepare for the conquest of Istanbul. Its purpose is to control the ships passing through the Bosphorus.

Beylerbeyi Palace; This place is summer house for the Ottoman sultans and their families. It is on the coast of the Bosphorus on the Asian continent.

Holly Chora Church; Chora church is one of the important church in the Byzantine period. There are many beautiful mosaics visuals inside. Jesus and Mary are the main figures.

Hippodrome; This is in the Sultanahmet Square. Also they say here Hippodrome square, because Byzantine Hippodrome was here. In the square there is Obelisk, Serpentine Column, German fountain, Ibrahim pasha palace and Turkish Islamic Arts Museum.

Süleymaniye Mosque; It was built on behalf of Magnificent Sultan Suleyman, and by the world famous architect

Eyup Mosque

Eyup Sultan Mosque

Sinan. There is a large complex next to the mosque.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque; This Mosque and the Tomb where the water flowing from its fountain is sacred and the courtyard is decorated with centuries-old plane trees. It is one of the greatest historical heritages that the Ottoman left to Istanbul.

Istanbul Archeology Museum; This museum is one of the largest museums all around the world because with more than a million heritage of various cultures. Archeological Museum, the oldest museum building in Turkey.

Camlıca Hill; It is the highest hill of Istanbul on the Asian side. From here, you can watch the entire Bosphorus and Istanbul. It has a beautiful view.

Pierre Loti Hill; It is the highest hill on the Golden Horn side. From here you can watch all the estuary shores.

Aya Irini Church; It is in the garden of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. It is at the back side of Hagia Sophia. Aya Irini church is the largest Byzantine church at Istanbul, which has not been converted into a mosque.

Little Hagia Sophia Mosque; The Little Hagia Sophia was built as a church in the Byzantine period. and was converted into a mosque in the Ottoman period.

Taksim and Istiklal Street; Taksim is the most popular meeting place in Istanbul. Istiklal street is the most lively and colorful street in Istanbul.

Princes’ Islands; This islands are 1 hour away from Istanbul by ferry boat, in the sea of ​​Marmara. It is very  crowded on weekends and summer season. Very quietest place in Istanbul without engine noise.

All About Istanbul. If you come to Istanbul, you can see all of them. One must not forget the unique Turkish cuisine. Traditional Turkish dishes and many flavors of the world cuisine await you together. There are many reasons to come to Istanbul. We will be happy to see you in Istanbul.

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Istanbul New Airport

Istanbul New Airport

Istanbul New Airport

The third airport of Istanbul is located on the European side of the city. Close to the Black Sea coast in Istanbul city. The airport is the second largest airport in the world. And the largest airport in Europe. The current capacity of New Airport (IST) is 70 million per year, but its target is 200 million passengers per year.

Istanbul Airport is 40 km from Taksim or Sultanahmet. It takes 50 minutes to reach the city.

Havaist

Havaist Airport Transfer Buses

There are public transportation by Havaist bus company from many central parts of Istanbul. On the European side, bus departure stops are central places such as Besiktas, Taksim, Levent, Aksaray, Sultanahmet, Yenikapı, Bakırköy. On the Anatolian side, there are places like Usküdar, Kadiköy, Içerenköy. There is also transportation between Istanbul New Airport and Sabiha Gökcen Airport. Before get on the bus, you should definitely buy Istanbulkart. Because this is the only way to pay. Price per person is 25 TL (4 euro). There is also transportation from Istanbul airport to the same places.

The metro, which is still under construction. Transportation to the city will start by the metro soon. The subway will have two different lines. There will be a transportation to Gayrettepe and to Halkalı.

You can book air tickets, daily city tours and activities in the Istanbul Airport travel offices. For daily city tours, we would like to help you.

If you like to have a taxi for to go center of city from New Airport, the fee is about 200 TL (27 euro).

You can request a private car to go to and from Istanbul New Airport. It is more convenient to arrange airport transfers, especially if you are as a family and have a lot of bags. Transfer companies usually have a small minivan (Mercedes Vito) or Minibus (Mercedes Sprinter). Prices start at 40 Euros and depending on how many people will be transferred.

Rent a car is also available at Istanbul Airport. You can have rent a car from major companies as Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Budget  and many local rent a car companies.

There are also many nice cafes and restaurants at Istanbul New Airport that offer tastes from Turkish and international cuisine.
There is a Duty Free with world-famous brands and stores. Duty Free, which has a large area, provides a pleasant shopping opportunity before and after the flight.

Istanbul Airport has a YOTEL is one of the largest airport hotels in the world and the largest in Europe, with a total of 451 cabins (rooms), 277 on the land side and 174 on the air side. While Yotel can accommodate everyone on the land side, people who will pass through the passport control on the Yotelair airport, who travel internationally can be accommodated. The rooms of the hotel are offered for sale from 70 euro and 150 euro for 4 hours depending on the room.

We would like to see you in Istanbul.

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