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Overview Of The Port Of Istanbul

About Istanbul
Istanbul is located in north-western Turkey and is the largest city in the country. The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European and an Asian side. The city is further divided by a natural harbour.

Note: In Istanbul's bazaars sellers can be quite brazen and persistent. It's customary for the seller to offer shoppers cups of tea for shopping for rugs. It's considered good manners to accept.

When visiting Istanbul's mosques, churches and synagogues, respectful attire (long pants or long skirts) should be worn if you want to enter the sites. Women may also be required to wear head coverings.

Hagia Sophia is one of the world's finest examples of Byzantine architecture. Once a church, then a mosque, it was made into a museum when the secular Turkish Republic was founded. The museum consists of two parts - the church and the gallery of mosaics.

Topkapi Palace, originally a summer residence houses a display of gorgeous jewels, religious artefacts, silk ceremonial robes and a manuscript collection.

The Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century as Islam's take on the Hagia Sophia. The Imperial Pavilion, which is part of the Blue Mosque, houses a carpet museum with exhibits dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Behind the Blue Mosque is the Great Palace Mosaic Museum nestled in an alleyway of shops.

The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum features exhibits from the Islamic period of the 7th century to the 1800's.

James Bond fans should check out the Basilica Cistern used in the film "From Russia With Love".

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar area dates back to the 15th century, with more than 4,000 stores across 60 streets, selling everything from spices and furs to leather goods and rugs.

Ortakoy is a historic neighbourhood which lies on the Bosporus. There are both a synagogue and a mosque here. It's a pleasant place for wandering and discovering the various antique shops and art galleries.

Take a day cruise to Prince's Islands. These islands were once a haven for exiled royalty. Today they're a peaceful place to relax and get away from it all. Take a horse drawn carriage tour and explore churches, monasteries and old mansions.

Termal Resort and Spa is located about 24 miles southeast of Istanbul and features a historic hamam (Turkish bath), a swimming pool, and hotels and restaurants.

Local dishes include kepab and Turkish köfte (meatball) dishes.
Cruise Terminal
Cruise ships dock at the passenger terminal (Yolcu Salonu) in Karaköy.

Taxis line up right at the pier. A tram stop is located on both sides of the terminal, a few hundred yards away. This takes you to Sultanahmet Square, where most attractions are around 10 minutes away.

It is also possible to walk to the square, in around 30 minutes, however the route is somewhat hilly and not easy to navigate in places.
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