Moving to Turkey allows you to experience different cultures in both Europe and Asia. Strategically located between Europe and Asia, Turkey and in particular Istanbul, bridges the East and the West. Once the capital of the great Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is a city rich in history and culture. Today you will find a mix of old a new, such as glass skyscrapers next to a Byzantine church. Some of my favorite places in Istanbul are:
The Hagia Sophia is one of the most treasured buildings in Europe and the world. It was built in the 6th century and stood as a church for a thousand years, then a mosque until 1934, when it became the secular museum it is today. It is known to be the definitive piece of Byzantine architecture, and a symbol of the history of Istanbul.
Another magnificent piece of architecture in Istanbul is the Blue Mosque. Sultan Ahmed built it to rival the Hagia Sophia, and boy did he come close, if not surpass it. It is an ominous, towering building of domes, semidomes, and minarets. As it is an active religious site, proper attire must be worn, which means dressing conservatively, women especially.
The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and biggest indoor shopping markets in the world. It features thousands, yes thousands, of vendors, each operated by a haggling, overzealous dealer.
Taksim Square is a modern neighborhood in the European part of Istanbul with a plethora of trendy restaurants and bars, popular hotels, and is a major transportation hub.
For a more authentic Turkish experience, consider visiting Ortakoy. Here you will find an up and coming neighborhood full of locals going out for a fun-filled night on the town. The best club in Istanbul is here – Reina – right on the waterfront.
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