Marhaba, I was in Istanbul for the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair
Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.
Through the city’s heart,the Bosphorus courses the waters of the Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.
Istanbul or formerly known as Constantinople was the former capital of three successive empires,
The Roman ,The Byzantine
and The Ottoman
and today Istanbul honors the legacy of its past.
Indeed, it is Istanbul’s variety that fascinates its visitors.
The Museums,Palaces, Great Mosques, Bazaars and Sights of natural beauty seem inexhaustible.
As I reclined on the bank of Ortakoy overlooking the great Golden Horn at sunset ..
.. with spectacular sight contemplating the red twilight reflected from Straits Of Bosphorous.
At times such as these,you feel that Istanbul is truly one of the most glorious cities in the world.
The architecture and history are almost incredible and overwhelming as there is so much to see.
The magnificient Dolmabahce Palace situated on the European shore of the Bosphorus..
… was the last residence of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, founder of the Modern Turkish Republic.
Many of Istanbul’s historical gems, mostly consisting of Ottoman monuments are in Old City.
Most are located a short walk away from,if not immediately on the edges of Sultanahmet Square.
The supremely elegant Blue Mosque was the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul.
lt was built in 1550 by Sinan, a renowned architect of the Ottoman golden age.
Haghia Sophia which means “Divine Wisdom” is unquestionably the finest buildings of all time.
It was built by Constantine the Great .
I couldn’t resist to touch the Byzantine mosaics and absorb the building’s majestic serenity.
Nearby is Topkapi Palace which covers an area as large as Monaco.
The Ottomans occupied this palace for over 400 years, later Ataturk turned this into a museum.
A must visit is The Grand Bazaar which has more than fifteen gates and it’s easy to get lost.
Wait for my next posting from Praque and Riyadh insyaallah..till then got to leave a water mark.