Istanbul is one of the most famous cities in the world, which serves as the heart for the historical, cultural and economic development of Turkey. The city is proud to be one of the largest cities on the continent of Europe and one of the largest cities in the world with respect to the population even beyond the city limits.
A 2010 survey found that nearly seven million foreigners visited the city for tourism purposes alone, enabling the city to earn a proud name as the capital of European culture. The city also serves as the tenth most popular tourist destination, attracting even more visitors from other countries.
When you are touring this city on a luxury tour, don’t miss the opportunity to travel on the luxury train of the Istanbul Orient Express and here are some other interesting places to visit in this city:
Ottoman Empire: This largest attraction in Istanbul requires a minimum of half a day to explore. Since higher entry fees are charged, it would be ideal for people who want to get the full value of the money they paid as an entry fee to spend the whole day in the empire. However, if time forces you to leave the place immediately, be sure to visit the Empire’s inner courtyard, the Empire’s treasury and the must-see features of the harem.
Byzantine Wonder: Even if the number of days you plan to spend in this city is small, be sure to visit the Church of St. Xavier in Chhora. This church is popular for its intricate wonders and it presents frescoes and celebrated mosaics that stand as great examples of art from earlier eras.
Grand Bazaar: For shopping enthusiasts this is a must visit and requires at least three hours to explore the contents of this shopping area. More than 5000 vendors are working with different products here and some of the best purses, handbags and carpets in the city can only be collected from this place.
Tower of Christ: The Galata Tower, built in 1348, was originally called the Tower of Christ. Decades ago, it was used to house prisoners of war, and in the 1960s, the tower was rebuilt and nightclubs were added. You can get a higher view of the entire convention in Istanbul from the 360-degree viewing gallery that is present at this place.
There are a few more interesting places to explore the city and enjoy your trip as well as your Istanbul Orient Express trip.