Istanbul stands out as one of the great metropolises of the world. The city that bridges two continents has seen empire come and go and in the process each age has left its mark on the city. With its strategic location it is one of the largest cities in the world and the largest urban agglomeration in Europe. Life in Istanbul is an experience like no other. It is Turkey’s entertainment centre, fashion centre of the region and the administrative heart of the country. There are so many things for you to see and do in Istanbul that one short visit can’t do justice.
Istanbul is endowed with a wealth of museums and other historical monuments. If you want to learn about the history of ancient civilizations, Istanbul is one of the places you can visit. Here you will find the Hagia Sophia; an impeccable architectural masterpiece. The Hagia Sophia is one of the most impressive museums in the world having been in existence for over a thousand years.
Originally this imposing building was a church back when Christianity was spreading across the Middle East and Europe. It was designed in the sixth century by Emperor Justinian and plays host to hundreds of mosaics of the Virgin Mary, Gabriel the Archangel and several emperors and empresses of the Byzantine kingdom. It was later converted into a mosque and eventually turned into a museum.
The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is also a must visit for any person visiting Istanbul. It was the palace of a man so powerful known as Suleyman, the sultan felt threatened and commanded that he be executed. The museum plays host to the world’s finest carpet collection. There are hundreds of other museums in Istanbul for you to visit.
Istanbul is home to some of the finest architectural designs representing many centuries. The Topkapi palace in Istanbul has been home of the Ottoman sultans for close to half a millennium now. It is a striking building that receives thousands every year.
The Grand Bazaar
When it comes to markets Istanbul has the grandest of them all. The Grand Bazaar is a world renowned market. It’s the largest covered market in the world, thus its fame. Close to half a million visitors walk along its labyrinthine streets daily and this market has more than three thousand shops each of them with something nice on offer.
Exploring more by living here?
While it is nice to visit Istanbul for a few days, you really need a lifetime of visits to begin to unravel the secrets of the city. On thing to consider is buying Istanbul property as either a place of residence or an investment property. This is a popular option for British residents as what you can get for your pound is much better value than buying in the UK, especially if you are looking for a second home. The cost of living is also cheaper than in the UK and as Istanbul is so well connected with flights you will never be short of travel options to other destinations.