The Asia Side of Istanbul is a thriving business district reached most easily by ferry. There is a metro line, as well, that can be faster but the ferry is more enjoyable, less crowded and the skyline views as you cross the Bosporus can be amazing…
The Asian side is mostly a commercial district, but the Bosporus coast does have mansions, a large open air market and a historical district. It’s well worth a look ..
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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Commonly called the Blue Mosque) is one of the largest and most picturesque of the mosques in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built in the 7 year period from 1609-1616 during the rule of Ahmed I.
There are visiting hours daily and while there is no entrance fee, donations are requested upon exiting. There is a strict dress code and rules are strictly enforced. Be respectful and enjoy the beauty and extraordinary reverence of this magnificent building.
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The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey is an impressive sight, both inside and out. One of the “must see” sights in the city.. Free entry (dress code strictly enforced) but they do ask for donations when you exit…
Ferry to Asia side of Istanbul… It takes about 20 minutes to cross to the Asian side of Istanbul. Cost – 2 Turkish Lira.. Rechargeable transportation card works for the ferry, buses, metro and trains/trams
Since I am headed back to Turkey on Friday, I thought it appropriate to add a few landmarks of the wonderful city of Istanbul over the next few days..
The Hagia Sophia Is a wonderful museum set in the heart of the Sultanahmet district in central Istanbul. It served as the center of the Christian world until the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453.. From that time until it’s dedication as a museum in 1935, it served as the Grand mosque for sultans and the crown jewel of the Muslim world. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.
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