Don’s Travelogue: Istanbul

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Marhaba, I was in Istanbul for the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair

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Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.

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Through the city’s heart,the Bosphorus courses the waters of  the Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.

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Istanbul or formerly known as Constantinople was the former capital of three successive empires,

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The Roman ,The Byzantine

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and The Ottoman

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and today Istanbul honors the legacy of its past.

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Indeed, it is Istanbul’s variety that fascinates its visitors.

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The Museums,Palaces, Great Mosques, Bazaars and Sights of natural beauty seem inexhaustible.

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As I reclined on the bank of Ortakoy overlooking the great Golden Horn at sunset ..

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.. with spectacular sight contemplating the red twilight reflected  from Straits Of Bosphorous.

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At times such as these,you feel that Istanbul is truly one of the most glorious cities in the world.

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The architecture and history are almost incredible and overwhelming as there is so much to see.

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The magnificient  Dolmabahce Palace situated on the European shore of the Bosphorus..

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… was the last residence of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, founder of the Modern Turkish Republic.

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Many of Istanbul’s historical gems, mostly consisting of Ottoman monuments are in Old City.

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Most are located a short walk away from,if not immediately on the edges of Sultanahmet Square.

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The supremely elegant Blue Mosque  was  the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul.

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lt was built in 1550 by Sinan, a renowned architect of the Ottoman golden age.

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Haghia Sophia which means “Divine Wisdom” is unquestionably  the finest buildings of all time.

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It was built by Constantine the Great .

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I couldn’t resist to touch the Byzantine mosaics and absorb the building’s majestic serenity.

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Nearby is Topkapi Palace which covers an area as large as Monaco.

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The Ottomans occupied this palace for over 400 years, later  Ataturk turned this into a museum.

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A must visit is The Grand Bazaar which has more than fifteen gates and it’s easy to get lost.

 

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Wait for my next posting from Praque and Riyadh insyaallah..till then got to leave a water mark.

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