One Week in: Istanbul

The two periods in history I’m most interested in learning more about over the next year are the Byzantium and Ottoman eras. Some of the most amazing architecture of all time was produced during these two eras (and we know how much I love that stuff) and some of the most fascinating stories are centered around the construction of these impressive structures.

There is something so magical and diverse about Istanbul that I’m sure you’ll find yourself creating memories that you’ll never forget. For some ideas of what to get into, check out the pics and options below:

Hagia Sophia

This former Church/Mosque is one of the most impressive pieces of Byzantium architecture in the world. Even more stunning are the various mosaic depiction of everything from the Virgin Mary to Emperor Alexander. This place is lined in marble and other stunning pieces from one of the most turbulent times in history and is a sight to behold. You should definitely check this place out.

 

 The Grand Bazaar

One of the oldest markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar is perfect for the avid shopper looking for unforgettable pieces that you can’t get anywhere else! They have everything from rugs and curtains to coffee and souvenirs. Plan to spend the whole day looking around since the Bazaar covers roughly 61 streets with a little over 3,000 shops to browse.

 

 Konak Restaurant 

This place offers amazing cuisine from kabobs to native dishes that serves up beef marinated in a wide variety of local spices. I know, I know…enough said!

 

 Spice Market

Much like India’s famous spice trade, Istanbul offers a large variety of herbs and spices. Hundreds of locals and tourists fill the streets of the spice district every day! It takes up about 10 city blocks and offers spices like saffron that are expensive and rare to find in most U.S. grocery stores.  

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