Day 3: April 12, 2011
To all those who followed the Miniaturk series, it is nearing completion 😀 😀 (=I can hear those sighs of relief :P)
This is a view into why Istanbul merits more than a week in your travel agenda..I dont think i will detail about any of the monuments just list them.
There is also a section about Ottoman structures outside of Turkey which sheds light on the vastness of the Ottoman Empire at its peak. (=Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Syria, SudaN, Arabia…vast!!)
So i figured there’s not point talking about Istanbul monuments coz
a) There are TOO many
b) A few i’m covering in future notes. 😀 😀
So here goes..Whats HOT in Istanbul (=I’m not talking about the hot guys or the hot street food!!! :P)
1. Ataturk Olmpic Stadium (=Turkey’s bid for the Olympics!)
2. Istanbul Municipality H.O (=Pic 3/4)
3. Tomb of Master Architect Sinan (=The fellow who monopolised constructions in Turkey-450 structures!!)
5.Suleymaniye Mosque (=One of the more magnificent of the 2800 mosques that decorate Istanbul)
7.Maiden Tower a.k.a Leander’s Tower (=Interesting name and legend..it seems the king drea)mt his daughter was bitten by a snake and had a tower built for her ala Shrek types. But his plans went kaput when a basket he sent had a snake hidden which killed the Princess 😥 ]
8. Dolmabache Clock Tower
9.Kuleli Military College
10.Eyup Sultan Mosque
11. Beylerbeyi Palace
16.Hagia Sofia/ Aya Sofya
17.Blue Mosque/ Sultanahmet Camii
19. Haydarpasha Station/ Istanbul Gare
20. Küçüksu Summer Palace
21. Rumeli Fortress
Phew!!! And this i’ve exlcuded some of what we have already seen and a lot which were not so important!!! Istanbul is a really great place..and it definitely merits a visit 😀 😀
If you thought i’d only give you a list and run away, you were mistaken. I’ve got anecdotes as well.
Ok so we were wandering through the lanes of Miniaturk lookign stupefied totally at everything we had to see. We stumbled upon Ottoman relics out of Turkey as well in places like Egypt and Damascus. The Ottoman styles of architechture is stunning with great attention to Minarets and arches with deocrative entrances.
There was a bridge that connected one part of Miniaturk with the other which was the Bosphorus Bridge replication. Indeed so as the Bosphorus Bridge does the important part of connecting the European and the Asian side of Turkey.
On the right of this bridge was the Ataturk Airport. Now a fact about Ataturk Airport, this airport handles air traffic from all over the world but there is a second airport in Istanbul called Sabina Gokcen where the Turkish national airline, Pegasus connects European cities at low costs. 😀 😀
There is also a rail line where a railway is driven for kids a la the rail at the Santacruz Park (=:P There is a train there…lots of funn!!) WE posed ob!!
A thing about the Airport : The planes there move..there is a line where a plane moves in a circle to give it a realistic feel of the airport..there are sounds that play so its exactly like an airport 😀 😀
There were a lot of monuements to see but the interest was dimming 😉 We marvelled at the beauty and the effort taken to make Miniaturk. We of course spent time taking a lot of TP pics like with me pushing the Galata Tower and holding a minaret etc etc.
After a huge huge tour, we rested our feet and had a chocolate as we watched kids drive remote controlled boats nearby (=1 turlish lira s’il vous plait) I would have liked to do that!!!!
After this we made our way to the Victory Museum which was an ode to Ataturk. But that as we say.. is another story..