Author: Skonakci

Kuzguncuk is a beautiful non-tourist neighborhood in Istanbul. A place with bright locations for photo shoots. The neighborhood, which started the history of the Turkish TV series. Colorful old houses with openwork wooden windows and balconies take you back to the 19th century. The atmosphere here is incredibly creative and romantic. Kuzguncuk is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, in the Uskudar neighborhood. We will tell you how to get there and what to see in this article. Kuzguncuk is a unique neighborhood with an interesting history. For centuries, people of different nationalities and beliefs have lived peacefully in…

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See Istanbul from 55 floors, fly over the city in a virtual helicopter in a fairy tale, get to the center of attractions – it’s all at the Sapphire skyscraper. At 236 meters is the highest observation deck in Istanbul. From here you can see the whole of Istanbul like in the palm of your hand. The view is amazing! The Sapphire is in the city’s Levent neighborhood, which is called “Istanbul’s Manhattan”. The grandiose skyscrapers of the neighborhood are impressive. In this article, we will tell you how to get to Sapphire in Istanbul, the opening hours of the…

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The Istanbul Aquarium is a fascinating attraction for children and adults, a great option for a rainy-weather outing. The Aquarium in Istanbul is a modern thematic center equipped with the latest technology, interactive entertainment. We will tell you how to get to Floria Aquarium, ticket prices, opening hours, and share our impressions. Istanbul Aquarium is located on the European side of Istanbul, in the Aqua Florya Shopping Center. The shopping center is located in the prestigious Florya district, 20 km from the historical center and the Sultanahmet district. By the way, there is another large aquarium-oceanarium “Sea Life” (or Turkuazoo)…

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Cats are everywhere in Istanbul. You can see them in the streets, parks, restaurants, museums. They are as ancient landmarks of the city as palaces, mosques, parks. Turkish breeds of domestic cats are considered one of the oldest in the world. It is impossible to imagine Istanbul without these furry inhabitants. There are legends associated with them. The stories of the famous cats in Istanbul impress the whole world. How do street cats live in Istanbul. Let’s tell you 10 interesting facts about cat life A cat is “Kedi” in Turkish, which sounds like “kedi. In our country cats are…

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The Rahmi Koç Museum is one of the biggest tech museums in Turkey. A wonderful place in Istanbul for children and adults alike. Antique cars, bicycles, motorbikes, toys, prams, aeroplanes, trams, trains, yachts, steamships, a submarine, to name but a few. There is a lot of activity in the museum. You can learn about the history of transport and technology in a mega-interesting way. We have been to the museum. In this article we share our impressions, ticket prices, opening hours and how to get there. The Rahmi Koç Museum is located on the European side of Istanbul, on the…

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Istanbul is known as a Muslim city. Surprisingly, it is home to the spiritual centre of world Orthodoxy. St George’s Patriarchal Church in Istanbul is the main cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. For more than 400 years it has been the seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople. Not far from the Cathedral you can see the only iron church in the world. Surrounded by the colourful urban area of Fener with the remains of once luxurious houses. How to get to St. George’s Patriarchal Cathedral in Istanbul. Its history, relics and legends are explained in this article. St. George’s Patriarchal…

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Underground Istanbul hides many secrets. Among them is Theodosius Cistern (Şerefiye Sarnıcı), an ancient water reservoir that was part of the grand Byzantine water system. Imagine, this structure is almost 1600 years old. The Theodosius Cistern is located in the central tourist district of Sultanahmet. It was opened in May 2018. There is little information about it in guidebooks and there are no queues or crowds of tourists. Let’s tell you about this secret place in Istanbul. How to get to Theodosius Cistern, ticket price, opening hours, our review and impressions. A cistern is translated from the Greek as “reservoir”.…

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There are many water activities in Istanbul. Visiting amusement centers and water parks in Istanbul is a favorite vacation for families, especially on weekends. They are located mostly outside the central part of the city, so they are often not listed in the mandatory program of tourists. And completely in vain. Spending a couple of hours on the way, you can spend an unforgettable day, get a lot of funny pictures and eternal gratitude of the child. Marina Aquapark Waterland The largest water park in Istanbul is built in the Tuzla district and is part of a shopping and entertainment…

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Rumelihisar fortress is not only an architectural but also a historical monument. It played a decisive role in the history of the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans. Built at the narrowest point of the Bosporus Strait, the fortress allowed the ships carrying provisions and weapons to the besieged in the city to be blocked. In 1452, preparing to storm Constantinople, Sultan Mehmed Fatih ordered a fortress to be built on the European shore, in the narrowest part of the Bosporus Strait. On the opposite Asian shore was another fortress, Anadolu Hisar. Interesting fact! The Ottomans called all the lands…

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Shopping is another reason to visit Istanbul. The city’s most popular shopping mall, Cevahir, is a great place to shop. The 620,000-square-meter area is home to several hundred stores selling local and international brands. What you can buy in the mall Cevahir, when it is better to go shopping, what other services are offered to visitors, we will tell in this article. What can I buy? There are more than 350 stores in the mall, where without exaggeration you can buy everything from household appliances to food. And the prices are not overpriced. Pay attention! The best time for shopping…

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