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Istanbul Travel guide

2018-03-08 14:24:00

If you were to vote for the best places to visit in downtown Istanbul, Galata Tower would undoubtedly top the list. Originally known as the Tower of Christ, the Garada Tower was built in 1348 to house war criminals when the Ottoman Empire was in power, and later became an observatory. In the 1960s, the Garada Tower was commercialized and transformed into a restaurant and cafe, with a 360° viewing gallery offering a panoramic view of Istanbul.

Witness the architectural wonders of the ages
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In addition to Ottoman architecture, you can also find Genoese, Byzantine, Roman, and even ancient Greek architectural styles in Istanbul, which bear witness to the complexity and richness of Turkish history. The Columns of Constantine (Colum n of Constantine), Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia), Sultan Ahmet (Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Camii), Sultan Queen Mother's Mosque (New Mosque), Yeni Valide Camii, Beyazit Tower and Suleymaniye Camii are must-see.

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Of course, Istanbul, as one of the important art Nouveau movements in the late 19th century and early 20th century, also has many fine works of neoclassical architecture, of which the embassies of many European countries located near Independence Street (Istiklal Avenue) are typical representatives. END

A trip to the Bosphorus
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Sailing along the Bosphorus by boat, you can discover grandeur and magnificence that you will not find when walking within the city. Whether on a local cruise or a private cruise, or on a sailboat like the rich Sudanese, the view from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea does not change depending on the vessel. END

Experience the "sacred" Turkish bath
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Whether you're in the mood for a bath, a sauna or a "horse kill chicken", the Turkish bath is the perfect relaxation for a completely different ultimate experience. Before taking a bath, please pay attention to the gender limit of the bathroom, because the traditional bathroom is generally divided into two types of men and women, and the bath time of different genders is also different.

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However, today, male and female baths have been common, but in the eyes of the Turks, the Turkish bath is the holy land of God, and there is no scruple and evil thoughts in the holy land of God to wash the body. In the authentic Turkish bath, there is a group of masseurs called Tdllak, when the bathers stretch their limbs and lie on the "belly stone", the masseurs with their hands covered with olive oil will push, take, knead and press on his body, making the skin of the whole body slightly red, the blood flow, and the whole body feel relaxed and comfortable. END

Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine
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When you arrive in Istanbul, the first thing to do is try the local cuisine, and the barbecue house is the best choice. Kebab is a traditional dish of eastern Turkey that looks similar to Western kebab, but has nothing in common in essence. Traditional Turkish kebabs are usually cooked directly over the fire and grill, but if you prefer to pair your meat with other ingredients, try Doner Kebab. It is usually made of lamb, which is roasted and cut into thin slices, covered with yogurt and garlic sauce with vegetables, and then rolled in pancakes.

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With its beautiful sea views, Istanbul is undoubtedly a seafood lover's paradise. If you have to choose a drink to go with dinner, Raki, a traditional alcoholic beverage made from fennel and grapes, is the perfect accompaniment to fish. However, people who are not strong should be careful, because the Raki wine is very strong, so the locals call it "lion's milk". For tourists who generally don't drink alcohol, Turkish coffee is a good choice. After boiling freshly ground Turkish coffee, the foam is in perfect shape, but remember to suck gently, because the ground coffee beans at the bottom of the cup are too strong, unless you need a strong shot in the spirit. END

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