Travel guide over Istanbul sights

Basilica of Hagia Sophia.
The construction of Basilica of the Divine Wisdom or Hagia Sofia was carried out in accordance with the order of Emperor Justinian in the VI century. This decision was made after the previous church, which once had stood there, was destroyed during a rebellion. Allegedly, Justinian was the one who said the famous words during the official opening of the basilica, "I surpassed you, Solomon!". Initially, Hagia Sophia was an Orthodox church. However, later it was used as a mosque. Approximately 20 years after the completion of all the construction works, the dome of the basilica was ruined in 558 due to wrong calculations of the project. The pay for this error was very costly – the architects were beheaded. … Further

Cuisine and best restaurants in Istanbul

In 5.Kat restaurant you can try best dishes of international cuisine, which are cooked by local chefs in strict accordance with receipts and traditions. The interior of the hall is also very interesting. It is decorated with furniture made of precious wood, velvet curtains and a beautiful "antique” chandelier. Lovers of exotic cuisine will need to visit Changa restaurant. Each dish here is a unique masterpiece. Kebab with classic French sauce is one of the most unusual delicacies of this place. Changa also features elegant interior decoration, which has brought the restaurant a Wallpaper prize. … Further

Guide on cultural sights

Fans of excursions will find much interesting in visiting Yedikule fortress, which now hosts the exhibition of a museum. The castle was built by Byzantine craftsmen and was long used as a prison. Today in several halls of the fortress you will find collections of antique torture instruments. The museum is open for all guests. The building of beautiful Dolmabahce Palace was completed in 1853. The palace has the right to be considered the most luxurious palace of the city. As many as 14 tons of gold and 40 tons of silver were used for the interior decoration of the palace. Dolmabahce Palace has become a real synonym of "oriental luxury". … Further

Attractions and nightlife of Istanbul

Istanbul never ceases to attract fans of nightlife. Here you will find clubs and discos for every taste. Reina club is considered a popular holiday destination. Besides a dance floor area here work several restaurants. The dance floor of the club is equipped on the roof of the building, so visitors can fully enjoy the panoramic views of the city. The opening of Babylon nightclub took place in 1989. The club has immediately become a favorite place of rest among jazz fans. During its long history the club has greeted many famous guests. Now its stage frequently hosts concerts of popular music groups. Rock music fans should definitely visit the Kemanci club, the three halls of which host various musical programs every night. Roxy club is another notable facility for fans of nightlife. Here are often organized the performances of popular DJs. … Further

Traditions and mentality of locals

Colorful markets are a striking national feature of Istanbul. People come here not only for shopping, but also for socializing. Bargaining is normal and even recommended in local shops and bazaars. As a rule, it helps reducing the item’s price by 2 - 3 times. Each year residents of Istanbul celebrate numerous national holidays, each of which has interesting customs and traditions. … Further
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