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How To Use This E-Book This Explore Guide has been produced by the editors of Insight Guides, whose books have set the standard for visual travel guides since With top- quality photography and authoritative
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How To Use This E-Book This Explore Guide has been produced by the editors of Insight Guides, whose books have set the standard for visual travel guides since With top- quality photography and authoritative recommendations, these guidebooks bring you the very best routes and itineraries in the world s most exciting destinations. Best Routes The routes in this book provide something to suit all budgets, tastes and trip lengths. As well as covering the destination s many classic attractions, the itineraries track lesser-known sights, and there are also ex cursions for those who want to extend their visit outside the city. The routes embrace a range of interests, so whether you are an art fan, a gourmet, a history buff or have kids to entertain, you will find an option to suit. We recommend reading the whole of a route before setting out. This should help you to familiarise yourself with it and enable you to plan where to stop for refreshments options are shown in the Food and Drink box at the end of each tour. Introduction The routes are set in context by this introductory section, giving an overview of the destination to set the scene, plus background information on food and drink, shopping and more, while a succinct history timeline highlights the key events over the centuries. Directory Also supporting the routes is a Directory chapter, with a clearly organised A Z of practical information, our pick of where to stay while you are there and select restaurant listings; these eateries complement the more low-key cafés and restaurants that feature within the routes and are intended to offer a wider choice for evening dining. Also included here are some nightlife listings, plus a handy language guide and our recommendations for books and films about the destination. Getting around the e-book In the Table of Contents and throughout this e-book you will see hyperlinked references. Just tap a hyperlink once to skip to the section you would like to read. Practical information and listings are also hyperlinked, so as long as you have an external connection to the internet, you can tap a link to go directly to the website for more information. Maps All key attractions and sights mentioned in the text are numbered and cross-referenced to high-quality maps. Wherever you see the reference [map] just tap this to go straight to the related map. You can also double-tap any map for a zoom view. Images You ll find hundreds of beautiful high-resolution images that capture the essence of the destination. Simply double-tap on an image to see it full-screen Apa Publications (UK) Ltd Table of Contents How To Use This E-Book Recommended Routes For... ANCIENT REMAINS ESCAPING THE CROWDS NIGHT OWLS OTTOMAN ATMOSPHERE PAMPERING SHOPAHOLICS SPIRITUAL SUSTENANCE VILLAGE LIFE Explore Istanbul City layout History and architecture Climate Population Local customs Politics Secularism and religion Economics Cultural capital Food and Drink Where to eat Rooftop dining What to eat Breakfast Ottoman cuisine Kebabs Not for the faint-hearted Seafood Vegetarian options Desserts Herbs and spices What to drink Shopping Bazaars Malls Boutiques and high-end fashion Antiques Entertainment Where to go Bars and pubs Nightclubs Live music Gay scene Turkish Baths Visiting a hamam Getting changed A hamam dictionary İstanbul s hamams History: Key Dates Beginnings of Byzantium Byzantine Constantinople Ottoman capital Republican era Modern İstanbul 1. Sultanahmet: Around Hagia Sophia Layout The Milion Basilica Cistern Hagia Sophia History Inside the museum Cankurtaran Former prison Magnaura Palace Tranquil backstreets Divan Yolu Constantine s Column Çemberlitaş Hamam 2. Sultanahmet: Around the Blue Mosque Tomb of Sultan Ahmet Hippodrome Blue Mosque Inside the mosque Arasta Bazaar Mosaic Museum Küçük Hagia Sophia Mosque Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts 3. Topkapi Palace First Court Hagia Eirene Second Court The Divan Third Court Exhibition rooms Fourth Court The Harem Tour highlights Museum of Archaeology Around Gülhane Park 4. The Grand Bazaar Nuruosmaniye Caddesi Nuruosmaniye Mosque The Grand Bazaar Layout Halıcılar Sokak Zincirli Han Çukur Han Lütfullah Efendi Sokak A puff of smoke 5. Eminönü Galata Bridge Eminönü s backstreets Rüstem Paşa Mosque Hasırcılar Caddesi Egyptian Bazaar New Mosque Lunch option Sirkeci Train Station 6. Galata, Tünel & Pera Galata Karaköy Fish Market Bank Street Bereketzade Mosque Galata Tower Music shops Galata Dervish Lodge Tünel Pera Pera Museum Church of St Antoine Contemporary art and cocktails 7. Taksİm to Tophane Taksim Square İstiklal Caddesi Side streets Nevizade Sokak Fish Market Galatasaray Lycée Çukurcuma CİHANGİR Tophane İstanbul Modern 8. Dolmabahçe to Ortaköy Dolmabahçe Palace A white elephant Palace interior Beşiktaş Naval Museum Luxury hotels Yildiz Park Historic pavilions Ortaköy Büyük Mecidiye Mosque Heading back 9. Bosphorus Villages Kuruçeşme Kuruçeşme Park Arnavutköy Cape of Currents Bebek Refreshment options RUMELİ HİSARI Rumeli fortress Climbing up the walls EMIRGAN Sakıp Sabancı Museum Heading back 10. The Imperial Mosques Beyazıt Old Book Bazaar Beyazıt Mosque İstanbul University Süleymaniye Mosque Inside the Mosque Refreshment options Mimar Sinan s Tomb Süleymaniye Hamam Valens Aqueduct Şehzade Mosque Caricature and Cartoon Museum Fatih Wednesday Market Fevzi Paşa Caddesi 11. Old City Walls Edirne Gate Kariye Museum Mosaics and frescoes Theodosian Walls Remains of Byzantine palaces 12. Fener and Balat Fener Two Churches Balat 13. Eyüp Sokullu Mehmet Paşa s Tomb Eyüp Mosque Tomb of Eyüp Al-Ansari Mihrişah Valide Sultan s Tomb Eyüp Cemetery Pierre Loti Teahouse 14. Üsküdar Üsküdar s Mosques Yeni Valide Mosque Şemşi Paşa Mosque Maiden s Tower 15. Bosphorus Boat Trip Bosphorus villages Anadolu Kavaği Yoros Castle Asian shore Kanlıca Anadolu Hisarı The Sweet Waters of Asia Küçüksu Heading Back 16. The Princes Islands Kınalıada Burgazada Heybeliada BÜYÜKADA Accommodation Sultanahmet Galata Tünel and Pera Taksim, Harbiye and Cihangir Dolmabahçe Beşiktaş and Tesvikiye Beyazit Fener and Balat Asian shore Princes Islands Restaurants Sultanahmet Kumkapı Eminönü Karaköy Beyoğlu Beşiktaş Ortaköy Bosphorus Villages Fatih Fener and Balat Üsküdar Princes Islands Nightlife Concert venues Pubs Bars Clubs Gay and lesbian venues Cinemas A-Z A B C D E Age restrictions Budgeting Clothing Crime and safety Customs Disabled travellers F G H I L M P R S T Electricity Embassies and Consulates Etiquette Festivals Gay and lesbian travellers Green issues Health Hours and holidays Internet facilities Language Maps Media Money Police Post Religion Smoking Telephones Time zones Toilets Tourist information Tours and guides Transport Arrival by air Airports V W Arrival by rail Transport within İstanbul Driving Visas and passports Websites Useful websites include: Women travellers Language Basics Communications Emergencies Health In a restaurant Language difficulties Numbers Shopping Sightseeing Transport Books and Film Books Contemporary Turkish novelists Turkish poets Turkish memoirs Foreign writers Film RECOMMENDED ROUTES FOR... ANCIENT REMAINS Explore the city s Roman and Byzantine heritage at the Museum of Archaeology (route 3), followed by the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia (route 1), the Theodosian Walls and the Kariye Museum (route 11). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications ESCAPING THE CROWDS Take time out at the Pierre Loti Teahouse in Eyüp (route 13), stroll the peaceful streets of Fener and Balat (route 12) or potter around the mosques of Üsküdar (route 14). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications NIGHT OWLS For good times after dark, head for the bohemian bars of Tünel (route 6), or step up the pace at the high-octane clubs near Taksim Square (route 7) or by the Bosphorus (route 8). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications OTTOMAN ATMOSPHERE Admire the masterpieces of Sinan, the greatest Ottoman architect, such as the Süleymaniye Mosque (route 10) and the Rüstem Paşa Mosque in Eminönü (route 5). Be sure to stop by the Topkapı Palace too (route 3). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications PAMPERING Relax after a busy day of sightseeing with a long hot soak, a brisk rub down and an oil massage at Çemberlitaş Hamam (route 1). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications SHOPAHOLICS Haggle your heart out in the Grand Bazaar (route 4) or quietly browse the Arasta and Egyptian bazaars (route 2 and route 5). Check out İstiklal Caddesi for high-street fashions or Çukurcuma for antiques (both route 7). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications SPIRITUAL SUSTENANCE Watch the Sufi mystics whirl away at the Galata Dervish Lodge (route 6), take refuge in the quiet Şehzade Mosque (route 10) or join the devout at the Muslim pilgrimage site of Eyüp (route 13). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications VILLAGE LIFE Experience another side of İstanbul life in the tranquil Bosphorus villages of Ortaköy (route 8), Arnavutköy and Rumeli Hisarı (route 9), or float past them on a boat trip along the Bosphorus (route 15). Rebecca Erol/Apa Publications
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