Görülecek Yerler
360 İstanbul
Turkey’s first and only observation panoramic deck at the height of 236 meters situated at the top floor of Sapphire AVM. The building has plenty to offer visitors. Expect to enjoy the 360 degree view of the city and a 4D movie replicating the experience of flying in a helicopter over Istanbul. The deck also features a large shopping mall, fine restaurants, an indoor mini-golf course, vertical gardens and a swimming pool with views of the Bosphorus.
Waxworks Museum: You can also visit there Turkey's first and only Waxworks Museum.
The meaning behind the name of the islands derives from Byzantine times, when stubborn princes and deposed monarchs were confined here. However, ever since a ferry service from Istanbul began in the mid-nineteenth century, the islands quickly became popular summer resorts; a number of wealthy Greek, Jewish, and Armenian merchants from Beyoglu constructed beautiful Victorian villas on the islands that continue to stand today.
Ferries depart daily from the Adalar ferry dock at Kabatas and stop at many of the islands, including the two largest and most popular: Heybeliada and Buyukada. On Heybeliada, it is possible to visit the historic Haghia Triada Greek Orthodox Monastery, in addition to its universally distinguished library. One must book ahead for this excursion, however. It is also possible to visit the small bay of Cam Limani, which offers a golden spot to relax or swim.
Buyukada is the largest island and offers an array of activities for visitors. The famous Cankaya Caddesi is lined with beautiful wooden mansions, whose residents included such characters as Leon Trotsky. Although no cars are allowed on the island, it is possible to explore the streets by walking, renting bicycles, or riding fayton - horse-drawn carriages that navigate the island’s many streets and hills.
When the heat and chaos of the city gets too much, head to the Princes' Islands for a glimpse into life as it was in Istanbul.
The Princes’ Islands are a chain of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara, four of which can easily be reached from the city centre. The origins of the Islands' name has an interesting history. During the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, princes and other royalty who were seen as challengers to the throne were exiled there.
The Princes’ Islands are a popular summer house destination for the rich and famous of Istanbul. Locals and tourists come in droves, especially during the summer months, to enjoy the pine forests, religious and historical sites, beaches and eateries of the Islands.
Buyukada (‘large island’) is aptly named for the fact that it is the largest of the nine islands. It’s also the furthest from the mainland.
Adalar Müzesi
Museum of the Princes’ Islands is the first contemporary city museum of Istanbul.
It tells the story of the Islands from the geological formation of the Islands to the present day, displaying hundreds of objects and utilising twenty thousand Ottoman archival documents, six thousand digital photographs, hundreds of documentary films, documentation and filming of today’s Islands, archival records of public institutions of the Islands, temporary and permanent donations of the Islanders.
One of the little-developed beaches outside Istanbul, Agva is a popular swimming, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking spot for locals. Situated less than 100 km from the city centre, Agva lies between the Goksu and Yesilcay rivers.
Though it has a scattering of hotels and restaurants, Agva has fewer facilities than nearby Sile, making it a peaceful getaway spot during the summer months. The beach itself stretches about 3km long and is surrounded by verdant forests.
The Agva area has traces of human settlement going as far back as the 7th century BC, and some Roman artifacts such as the ruins of a church and graveyard remain.
There is a large market in Agva town every Friday which stocks a delicious array of fresh and organic produce.
During summertime, lifeguards are stationed at the beach to keep an eye on swimmers as the sea tends to be unpredictable and occasionally dangerous.
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Ahrida Sinagogu
The oldest of Istanbul’s sixteen active synagogues, Ahrida dates back to the early 1400’s. Due to a fire, it was terribly damaged in the late 17th century - and ultimately rebuilt in the Baroque style in the Tulip Period.
The Ahrida Synagogue is especially notable for its Teva (the pulpit), which takes the shape of a ship’s prow.
Legend has it that the Teva represents either Noah’s Ark or the Ottoman ships that transported the Sephardim from Spain to Turkey. It is truly magnificent in design.
Alemdağ Ormanı
This is possibly the largest woodland of Anatolian side. Alemdag Forest, which is located in Cekmekoy, ranges from the Anatolian side in parallel with Marmara Sea. There are Sultanciftligi and Taslitepe Forest next to the Alemdag Forest that is situated on the Omerli Dam basin.
Anadolu Hisarı
Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I built Anadolu Hisarı (Anatolian Fortress) between 1393 and 1394 on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus strait, on the Asian (Anatolian) side of the city. He aimed to create a safe way to cross the Bosphorus for his armies at the time of war.
Sultan Mehmed II added a thick 2 meter wall and three additional watch towers to protect the fortress. After the conquest of Constantinople, it served as a military prison.
Arasta Pazarı
The Arasta Bazaar is a tidy market street in the heart of Sultan Ahmet’s historical district. This modest bazaar was built in the 17th century by savvy Ottoman officials; rental revenues from its vendors were meant to finance the upkeep of the neighboring Blue Mosque.
Today the street caters to tourists, its wooden-facade shops filled with carpets, mock Ottoman artifacts and all manner of nazar merchandise. The Mosaic Museum is the street’s standout attraction, displaying an ornamental pavement mosaic from the Byzantine Great Palace that was uncovered at the site in the 1950s. The mosaic’s fantastical depictions and accompanying displays are a window into Byzantine royal life.
Apart from the museum, the Arasta Bazaar is a pleasant interlude from the bustle of the main tourist attractions. The shops in the bazaar offer everything including jewelry, carpets, souvenirs, ceramics, and more.
Arter opened in 2010 to offer a sustainable infrastructure for producing and exhibiting contemporary art.
Arter has been presenting solo and group exhibitions with the aim of providing a platform of visibility for artistic practices and encouraging production of contemporary artworks through the support it provides in the context of these exhibitions. Arter's programme also features publications that accompany each exhibition.