Istanbul Lovers

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Istanbul Lovers

Post by Vasilia » Fri May 18, 2012 6:12 pm

I decided to start this topic for those who have fallen in love with Istanbul or those who want to learn a few things about this great City. Here we can share sites, blogs which are related to Istanbul, we can recommend museums, restaurants, bars, we can write about things we did there or we didn't and we wish to do them in a next trip, we can post photos, videos, documenatries about the city e.t.c. In a few words here we can write and post anything related to Istanbul, we can express and share our love for this unique City and maybe mentally we can "travel" there




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Post by Vasilia » Fri May 18, 2012 6:31 pm

i want to share a few great sites:

http://www.ibb.gov.t..._kameralar.aspx

this site has cameras placed in different places in Istanbul so you can have live image! just click on the photos! if you click on the Metrohan and Duatepe early in the morning, the view is just

http://harita.yandex...2&l=map,stv,sta

this is something like google earth! just click on the blue lines or type the place you want and there are images from the city. i have lost many valuable hours because of this site

and here are a few blogs:

http://istanbuleats.com/ (this blog recently won an important award)

http://www.virtualto...bul-TG-C-1.html

http://stamboultwilight.blogspot.com/

this music is nostalgic and reminds a lot of Istanbul


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Post by Vasilia » Fri May 18, 2012 9:07 pm

Hagia Sophia: the greatest example of Byzantine architecture.

here is a site with photos, video, history, the hours that the museum is open.

http://hagiasophiato...ide.com/museum/

Basilica cistern: it is the biggest of the many cisterns that exist under the Istanbul


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Post by xenya » Sat May 19, 2012 8:20 am

Vasilia, another lover in Istanbul. I like this thread, the idea to have a thread about Istanbul...

Congratulatins and thx.



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Post by Angel » Sat May 19, 2012 9:24 am

One of my absolute favorite places in Istanbul is The Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque, also known as the Aksaray Valide Mosque (Turkish: Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Camii, Aksaray Valide Sultan Camii), is an Ottoman imperial mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located at the intersection of Ordu Street and Atatürk Boulevard in the Aksaray neighborhood. It is located next to Pertevniyal High School (Turkish: Pertevniyal Lisesi) which was also built by the order of Sultana Pertevniyal in 1872. One of the last mosques built in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire, the Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque was built for the Sultana Pertevniyal, wife of Sultan Mahmud II and mother of Sultan Abdülaziz. It was designed by the Italian architect Montani. The construction work began in November 1869, and the mosque was finished in 1871. The building is a mixture of Turkish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Empire styles. It is also unique in the details of the rock work.


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Post by Goldenkiss87 » Sat May 19, 2012 11:47 am

great thread Vasilia!!i like it alots


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Post by xenya » Sat May 19, 2012 1:00 pm

When we were in Istanbul last autumn, we bought this CD:

On the cover:

Istiklal Caddesi with this famous red tram who drives from Taksim square to the Tunel, which is one of the first underground railway in the world.

We bought this CD because of the music (saz is very interesting instrument and we are musical family) and because of the cover. This little red tram is big atraction and is fun to have a ride with him through the streets piled with people..... I mean realy piled....

Another interesting thing on Istiklal Caddesi (there is a lot of them, of course) is Inci bar with his famous profiteroles... Well... I ate them and I didn't like them much... but I've been there four months before FG&Kerim on their Valenitne's day.

Do you ever try Turkish ice-cream? It is very good, different from normal, as if it contained honey. But the most interesting with this Turkish ice-srem is the ice-cream seller.... Her it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip6INPAyvHM



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Post by Vasilia » Sun May 20, 2012 8:37 am

Chora Church

The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in Istanbul, in the Edirnekapi neighborhood, which lies in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of Fatih. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.

The Chora Church is not as large as some of the other Byzantine churches of Istanbul (it covers 742.5 m²), but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in the beauty of its interior. The building divides into three main areas: the entrance hall or narthex, the main body of the church or naos, and the side chapel or parecclesion. The building has six domes: two in the esonarthex, one in the parecclesion and three in the naos. (wikipedia)

Chora Museum is worth visiting for those who are interested in Byzantine history and architecture. it is really beautiful in the interior!

one of the best thing i ate in Istanbul was simit! i know it is just a simit and we have it in Greece too(koulouri) but it was by far the best i had! if i could find frappe instead of tea i would be even happier


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Post by Vasilia » Sun May 20, 2012 9:09 am

Istiklal

my first night in the city was in Istiklal. i absolutely loved that street. it took me a couple of minutes to get over the shock! i don't think i have seen such a large and heterogenus crowd in my life! young and old people, modern and traditional women, locals and tourists!! but i think that is the beauty of that street! although the red tram, Xenya, was a litlle annoying


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