Among many things to do in Istanbul, visiting Dolmabahce Palace is an obvious one of them, and you have a chance to see why, thanks to Dolmabahce Palace and Two Continents Tour; yet, before you decide to do that, in the next paragraphs you will find convincing spoilers about it.
Dolmabahce Palace Interior Visit
Located in Besiktas, Dolmabahce Palace has been built between the years 1839-1861; and it simply shows the mixture of the traditional brilliance of Ottoman style and renaissance effect that has gripped the whole world in that particular era. That it why, during your Dolmabahce Palace interior visit, you will be able to see both splendor and modernity.
Not all of them can be visited, yet, the palace has 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets and 6 Turkish baths. The ceilings are decorated with real golden leaves, and some of the floors has been covered 131 handmade silk carpets.
Again, for a striking decoration, Egyptian alabaster, Marmara marble and porphyry from Pergamum has been used. Also, the largest chandelier in the world with its 750 bulbs can be seen at Dolmabahce Palace, which has been sent by Queen Victoria as a gift. As a modernistic feature, the walls of the palace are ornamented by 202 oil paintings by various significant painters.
As another information; among all of these fascinating rooms, in the humblest one, one of the most important leaders of the world, the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has died in 1938. The clock has been showing the same hour, 09:05, since then. If you are interested in world history, you may also want to see the place that hosted such a great person.
Thus, the gate of Dolmabahce Palace is not the half of what you will see in there.
You probably know that Istanbul is famous for its geopolitical location; because it connects the continents of Asia and Europe. With the extent of this daily tour, you will be able to see the bridge which is the symbol of this connection: Bosphorus Bridge
From ancient times to Ottoman Empire era; from Ottoman Empire era to the modern Turkey, Bosphorus has been the reason of battles to capture, because of all of the advantages that it holds. This, Bosphorus Bridge is kind of visible and usable symbol of it. It is a gate to west or east, depends on from where you look at it.
The historical, geological, military and cultural importance of it cannot be underestimated; and of course, the beautiful view of it. As one of the most popular points of Istanbul, you are able to see it thanks to the related excursions in Istanbul.
Located in Uskudar, Camlica Hill is one of the most popular places to visit in Istanbul with its natural, amazing view of Bosphorus.
It is also, one of the highest points of Istanbul (268 meters), and there are lots of places to eat and drink, during enjoying a magnificent landscape. Apart from the dynamic side of Istanbul, it is more peaceful and natural. Thus, you can rest after an higy-mobility tour that you will have.
Especially if you are interested in photography, you will be able to capture immortal moments of Bosphorus from Camlica Hill thanks to its wide, panoramic perspective. You will exactly see where the two continents meet, and their harmony which will inspire the artist in you.
To sum up, after the detailed cultural and historical Istanbul excursions, Camlica Hill will be the exact place you would like to be and rest your body and soul.
Pierre Loti Hill & Cable Car
In Eyup, there is a hill that beholds the fabulous beauty of Bosphorus and Bosphorus Bridge, called Pierre Loti; and there is something special about it: To reach there, you need to use a cable car.
This may sound a little bit frightening for ones who are afraid of height; yet, it is totally safe, fun and sufficiently fast. And when you get there, you will definitely forget about your phobia; since, there will be one of the prettiest views of Istanbul: The panoramic angle of the Golden Horn. To crown that beauty, you can order a cup of Turkish coffee and feel the complete peace.
Pierre Loti, with his real name Julien Viaud, a writer and a lover of Istanbul, used to come to the hill and watch the landscape under his feet; and it is claimed that he has written “Aziyade” by getting inspired of this experience. Also, around Pierre Loti Hill, there are many historical artifacts and buildings such as mosque, tombs and cemetery. You will feel holiness of this sacred place and the expand of your spirit.
Thus, to be able to reach all of them, enroll in Dolmabahce Palace and Two Continents Tour and complete your tasks on the list of the things to do in Istanbul easily and economically.