When you ask locals what the symbols of Istanbul are, it’s quite possible they tell you different ones. Because Istanbul has many symbols. It’s a magical city and everything is possible here. The biggest and most significant one of all is the Bosphorus, the beauty of Istanbul, the famously beautiful stretch of water. The Bosphorus, which is a great point for Istanbul Day Trips, with the Golden Horn (an inlet of the Strait) and Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) at its southern entrance, has a definite personality.
Istanbul Day Trips – Maiden’s Tower, Grand Bazaar
Maiden’s Tower – a place of legends, the Grand Bazaar – maybe the first shopping mall of the world; the Spice Market – the second largest covered market after the Grand Bazaar, the place ‘to spice your life up’; Galata Tower with its breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, the Topkapi Palace, the Marmara Sea, the Golden Horn, the Galata Bridge, the Sultanahmet mosque…
Yes, all the historical sites in Istanbul can be thought of as its symbols. We shouldn’t forget the Dolmabahce Palace, the Hippodrome, the Cistern…
Chocalate of Beyoglu
And last but definitely not least are the legendary chocalate of Beyoglu; simit – the king of Istanbul street food, the amazing fish restaurants, the Fish Bread (Balik Ekmek).
Visit Istanbul and surely you will find your symbols that will remind you of the city on two continents.