Friday, December 2, 2016

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower & Istiklal Street in Turkey


Topkapi Palace is a large palace which is used as one of the major residences of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years in Istanbul, Turkey. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985 as the best example of palaces during Ottoman period with the breathtaking view of the Bosphorus. Topkapi Palace is built over 700,000 square metres which consists of four courtyards where you are able to see artifacts and holy relics from several Prophets.

Topkapi Palace opens every day from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fee costs 40TL per person excluding the entrance fee to Harem which costs 25TL per person.


The main entrance of the most popular tourist attraction sites, Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
The main entrance of the most popular tourist attraction sites, Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
Topkapi Palace is crowded with visitors every day as it is one of the main attaraction area in Istanbul, Turkey
Topkapi Palace is crowded with visitors every day as it is one of the main attaraction area in Istanbul, Turkey
A well-maintained castle entrance at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
A well-maintained castle entrance at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey

The model display of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
The model display of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
Topkapi Palace is filled with Ottoman designs and architecture for almost 400 years in Istanbul, Turkey
Topkapi Palace is filled with Ottoman designs and architecture for almost 400 years in Istanbul, Turkey
Enjoying the greenery and flowers at the well-maintained garden in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
Enjoying the greenery and flowers at the well-maintained garden in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
The breathtaking view of the Bosphorus is a must to enjoy before leaving Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
The breathtaking view of the Bosphorus is a must to enjoy before leaving Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey

After staying at Sultanahmet area for several days, we move to another hotel which is located across the Bosphorus straits. It takes us about 40 minutes car ride (including the traffic) which is located nearby Taksim Square and the popular busy street called Istiklal Street. We enjoy the modern city lifestyle experience of shopping, dining and drinking at night at bars which we don't experience it around Sultanahmet area. Sultanahmet area is occupied with historical attraction buildings which are crowded with tourists in the daytime but it becomes quiet at night.

It's dog friendly city in Istanbul, Turkey even though majority of the locals are Muslim
It's dog friendly city in Istanbul, Turkey even though majority of the locals are Muslim
Stray dogs are seen healthy at Taksim Square as they are fed every evening and well-taken care by the government and Animal Welfare in Istanbul, Turkey
Stray dogs are seen healthy at Taksim Square as they are fed every evening and well-taken care by the government and Animal Welfare in Istanbul, Turkey
The heritage Deveaux Apartment is converted into a shopping mall and a boutique hotel called Mama Shelter along the busy Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
The heritage Deveaux Apartment is converted into a shopping mall and a boutique hotel called Mama Shelter along the busy Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey

The heritage is preserved on the exterior building but the interior is modified into a boutique hotel along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
The heritage is preserved on the exterior building but the interior is modified into a boutique hotel along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
The boutique hotel, Mama Shelter is situated along the narrow lane which is connected to the main busy Istiklal Street near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
The boutique hotel, Mama Shelter is situated along the narrow lane which is connected to the main busy Istiklal Street near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey

Mobile street cleaning along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
Mobile street cleaning along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey



Istiklal Street is crowded with the locals and tourists for shopping and dining on weekends in Istanbul, Turkey
Istiklal Street is crowded with the locals and tourists for shopping and dining on weekends in Istanbul, Turkey
Galata Tower near Bosphorus Strait and Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
Galata Tower near Bosphorus Strait and Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey

The main entrance of St Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
The main entrance of St Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey

St. Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
St. Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
Pope John XXIII at St Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
Pope John XXIII at St Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
A close-up view of St Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
A close-up view of St Anthony of Padua Church along Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
Popular shopping and restaurant destination for the locals and tourists along the busy Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey
Popular shopping and restaurant destination for the locals and tourists along the busy Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey

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