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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Istanbul is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Shop in the colourful and chaotic bazaars, visit the majestic Aya Sofya basilica; or take a ferry to the Black Sea -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Istanbul and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Istanbul: Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - music, tourism, politics, culture, history, architecture, literature, cinema, language, cuisine, culture/etiquette Free, convenient pull-out Istanbul map (included in print version), plus over 35 colour maps Covers Sultanahmet, Bazaar District, Western Districts, Beyoglu, Besiktas, Ortakoy, Kurucesme, Kad?koy and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Istanbul, our most comprehensive guide to Istanbul, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for just the highlights of Istanbul? Check out Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits! Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

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Date de parution 01 février 2017
Nombre de lectures 27
EAN13 9781786572943
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 50 Mo

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Istanbul

Contents

Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Istanbul
Istanbul's Top 10
What's New
Need to Know
First Time Istanbul
Getting Around
Top Itineraries
If You Like...
Month By Month
With Kids
Like a Local
For Free
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Entertainment
Shopping
Hamams & Spas

Explore

Neighborhoods at a Glance
Sultanahmet & Around
Sights
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Entertainment
Shopping
Sports & Activities
Bazaar District
Sights
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Shopping
Sports & Activities
Western Districts
Sights
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Sports & Activities
Beyoglu
Sights
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Entertainment
Shopping
Sports & Activities
Besiktas, Nisantasi & Ortakoy
Sights
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Entertainment
Shopping
Sports & Activities
Kadikoy
Sights
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Entertainment
Shopping
Sports & Activities
Day Trips
The Bosphorus
Eminonu to Besiktas
Besiktas to Kanlica
Kanlica to Sariyer
Sariyer to Anadolu Kavagi
The Golden Horn
Uskudar to Kasimpasa
Kasimpasa to Haskoy
Haskoy to Eyup
Princes' Islands
Kabatas to the Islands
Heybeliada
Buyukada
Heybeliada
Buyukada
Sleeping

Understand

Understand Istanbul
Istanbul Today
History
Architecture
Istanbul on Page & Screen

Survive

Transport
Arriving in Istanbul
Getting Around Istanbul
Directory AZ
Customs Regulations
Discount Cards
Electricity
Emergency
Insurance
Internet Access
Legal Matters
LGBT Travellers
Media
Money
Opening Hours
Post
Public Holidays
Smoking
Telephone
Time
Toilets
Tourist Information
Travellers with Disabilities
Visas
Women Travellers
Language
Istanbul Maps
Sultanahmet & Around North
Sultanahmet & Around South
Bazaar District
Beyoglu Northeast
Beyoglu Southwest
Besiktas, Nisantasi & Ortakoy
Western Districts
Kadikoy

Table of Contents

Behind the Scenes
Our Writers
Welcome to İstanbul

This magical meeting place of East and West has more top-drawer attractions than it has minarets (and that's a lot).

Prayer Hall, Blue Mosque | Farris Noorzali/Shutterstock ©

Art & Architecture
The conquering armies of ancient times tended to ransack the city rather than endow it with artistic treasures, but all that changed with the Byzantines, who adorned their churches and palaces with mosaics and frescoes. Miraculously, many of these remain. Their successors, the Ottomans, were quick to launch an ambitious building program and the magnificently decorated imperial mosques that resulted are architectural triumphs that together form one of the world's great skylines. In recent years, local banks and business dynasties have reprised the Ottomans' grand ambitions and endowed an impressive array of galleries, museums and festivals for all to enjoy.

Living History
İstanbul's strategic location has attracted many marauding armies over the centuries. The Greeks, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay – physical reminders of their various tenures are found across the city. The fact that the city straddles two continents wasn't its only drawcard – it was the final stage on the legendary Silk Road linking Asia with Europe, and many merchants who came here liked it so much that they, too, decided to stay. In so doing, they gave the city a cultural diversity that it retains to this day.

Culinary Heritage
'But what about the food?' we hear you say. We're happy to report that the city's cuisine is as diverse as its heritage, and delicious to boot. Locals take their eating and drinking seriously – the restaurants here are the best in the country. You can eat aromatic Asian dishes or Italian classics if you so choose, but most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebaps, flavoursome mezes and freshly caught fish that are the city's signature dishes, washing them down with the national drink, rakı (grape spirit infused with aniseed), or a glass or two of locally produced wine.

Local Life
Some ancient cities are the sum of their monuments, but İstanbul factors a lot more into the equation. Chief among its manifold attractions are the locals, who have an infectious love of life and generosity of spirit. This vibrant, inclusive and expanding community is full of people who work and party hard, treasure family and friendships, and have no problem melding tradition and modernity in their everyday lives. Joining them in their favourite haunts – çay bahçesis (tea gardens), kahvehans (coffeehouses), meyhanes (Turkish taverns) and kebapçıs (kebap restaurants) – will be a highlight of your visit.


Why I Love İstanbul
By Virginia Maxwell, Writer
Why do I love this city? Let me count the ways. I love the locals, who have an endless supply of hospitality and good humour at their disposal. I love the fact that when I walk down a city street, layers of history unfold before me. I love listening to the sound of the müezzins duelling from their minarets and I love seeing the sun set over the world's most beautiful skyline. I love the restaurants, the bars and the tea gardens. But most of all, I love the fact that, in İstanbul, an extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner.
İstanbul's Top 10

Aya Sofya
1 History resonates when you visit this majestic Byzantine basilica . Built by order of the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, its soaring dome, huge nave and glittering gold mosaics contribute to its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful buildings, and its long and fascinating history as church, mosque and museum make it the city's most revealing time capsule. Looted by marauding Crusaders in the 13th century, stormed by Ottoman invaders during the Conquest in 1453 and visited by millions of tourists since becoming a museum, it is Turkey's greatest treasure.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Topkapı Palace
2 The secrets of the seraglio will be revealed during your visit to this opulent Ottoman palace complex occupying the promontory of İstanbul's Old City. A series of mad, sad and downright bad sultans lived here with their concubines and courtiers between 1465 and 1830, and extravagant relics of their centuries of folly, intrigue, excess, patronage, diplomacy and war are everywhere you look. Highlights include the huge Harem (private quarters), impressive Imperial Council Chamber, object-laden Imperial Treasury and picturesque Marble Terrace.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Bosphorus Ferry Trip
3 Climbing aboard one of the city's famous flotilla of ferries is the quintessential İstanbul experience. The trip between Asia and Europe on a commuter ferry is hard to beat, but the Bosphorus tourist ferries that travel the great strait from Eminönü towards the mouth of the Black Sea are even better, offering passengers views of palaces, parks and ornate timber mansions on both the Asian and European shores. It doesn't matter whether you opt for a long or short cruise, as either is sure to be memorable.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Shopping in the Bazaars
4 The chaotic and colourful Grand Bazaar is the best-known shopping destination on the historic peninsula, but it certainly isn't the only one. After exploring its labyrinthine lanes and hidden caravanserais, follow the steady stream of local shoppers heading downhill into the busy shopping precinct of Tahtakale, which has at its hub the seductively scented Spice Bazaar. From there, head back up towards the Blue Mosque and its attached arasta (row of shops by a mosque), where you may well find a lasting memento of your trip.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Süleymaniye Mosque
5 Dominating the Old City's skyline, Süleyman the Magnificent's most notable architectural legacy certainly lives up to its patron's name. The fourth imperial mosque built in İstanbul, the Süleymaniye was designed by Mimar Sinan, the most famous of all Ottoman architects, and was built between 1550 and 1557. Its extensive and largely intact külliye (mosque complex) buildings illustrate aspects of daily Ottoman life and are still used by the local community, making this a sight that truly lives up to the tag of 'living history'.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Kariye Museum
6 Tucked away in the shadow of Theodosius II's monumental land walls, Kariye Museum is a tiny Byzantine building located in the little-visited Western Districts of the city. It's adorned with mosaics and frescoes that were created in the 14th century and illustrate the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary. These are among the world's best examples of Byzantine art, rivalled only by mosaics adorning churches in Ravenna, Italy. Put simply, it's impossible to overpraise the exquisite interior here – visiting it is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Wining & Dining in Beyoğlu
7 Breathtaking views of the Bosphorus and Old City from the rooftop terraces of a constellation of glamorous bars are just one of the enticements on offer in bohemian Beyoğlu . Locals come here to carouse in traditional meyhanes (taverns), eat kebaps in ocakbaşıs (fireside kebap restaurants), sample modern Turkish cuisine in sophisticated bistros and relax in casual European-style cafes and clubs. It's the eating and entertainment epicentre of the city – don't miss it.
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İstanbul's Top 10

Basilica Cistern
8 When the Byzantine emperors decided to build something, they certainly didn't cut corners! This extraordinary subterranean cistern , located opposite Aya Sofya, features a wildly atmospheric forest of columns (336 to be exact), vaulted brick ceilings, mysterious carved Medusa-head capitals and ghostly patrols of ca

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