…because every random building here is photogenic.
Literally. Take a cruise at the Bosphorus River, point your camera at any random point of the city and guess what kind of beautiful shots you’re likely to get.
Point at another random direction and… hey, where’s that castle coming from?
I tell you what… the above Rumelihisari Castle is not one-of-a-kind. The streets of Istanbul are literally littered with marble palaces, castles, towers, mosques and waterfront houses. Don’t believe me?
Here are just some of the iconic landmarks you can find along Bosphorus shorelines:
Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Yıldız Palace, Çırağan Palace, Feriye Palaces, Beylerbeyi Palace, Küçüksu Palace, Ihlamur Palace, Hatice Sultan Palace, Adile Sultan Palace, Khedive Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Yeni Mosque, Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque, Nusretiye Mosque, Dolmabahçe Mosque, Ortaköy Mosque, Üsküdar Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Yeni Valide Mosque, Maiden’s Tower, Galata Tower, Anatolian Castle, Yoros Castle, Selimiye Barracks, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sadberk Hanım Museum, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Borusan Museum of Contemporary Art, Tophane-i Amire Museum, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Galatasaray University, Boğaziçi University, Robert College, Kabataş High School, Kuleli Military High School.
Oh. Dear. Lord.
Istanbul’s architecture is like a cross between Ancient Greece and Islamic Middle East. It carries the grandiose poise of the former and the meticulous craftsmanship of the latter; which is no surprise as Istanbul is one of the few cities in the world that span across two continents.
Here’s what the Europe part looks like:
And here’s reporting from Asia, after crossing through the Bosphorus Bridge:
The breathtaking vista of Bosphorus Strait is absolutely one of the best I’ve seen in a city cruise. After severe jet-lag the night before, Bosphorus Cruise was a perfect beginning to kickstart my Istanbul
work visit holiday.
On next update(s): Mosques, palaces and bizarre stories around Istanbul.
Where is your absolute favorite place to take a city cruise?