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The Galata Tower & Eminonu’s Famous Fish Sandwich

The Galata Tower is one of the best places to go for a panoramic view of the Old Istanbul. Don’t forget to try the fish sandwiches by the Galata Bridge.


View of Old #Istanbul from the Galata Tower. #Turkey #Travel

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The sun beamed at a 45 degree angle as I took the bus over the Galata Bridge. I climbed up the vertical hill before reaching the foot of the medieval stone cylinder, where a line already snaked around the base.

The Galata Tower stands out as one of Istanbul’s most striking landmarks. The blue cone capped tower oversees The Golden Horn, The Bosporus River, the Sea of Marmara and the skyline of Old Istanbul dotted with minarets and dome mosques. It also has a restaurant, a café and a nightclub.

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Translating History At The Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum wasn’t as cool (literally) as I thought it would be, but the beautiful Tiled Kiosk made up for it.


The Tiled Kiosk at The Archaeological Museum in #Istanbul, #Turkey.

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I love the frigid relief of an air conditioned museum on a hot summer day. I was hoping for the same kind of relief at the Archaeological Museum, but the air conditioning there was lukewarm. The air was still and stuffy inside, but it was better than baking in the sun.

The Archaeological Museum, located near Gulhane Park and the Topkapi Palace, consists of three buildings. One of which is the Tiled Kiosk. It contains a huge collection of beautiful and vibrant turquoise and dark blue tiles, which are thousands of years old, that contrasts perfectly with the plain white walls it’s mounted on.

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Escaping The Heat In The Basilica Cistern

Stay cool below ground with a visit to the Basilica Cistern and stick around for a nice cup of Turkish coffee in the underground cafe.


A Medusa found in the Basilica Cistern to ward off evil spirits. #Istanbul #Turkey #Travel

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The Basilica Cistern is a cool place to hide out from Istanbul’s blazing afternoon sun. The entrance often gets bottlenecked since the flight of stairs begins inches away from the ticket booth. It quickly descend into the cistern and everyone clutters at the foot to take pictures of the dome ceilings and the Corinthian columns.

The Basilica Cistern lies beneath the Sultanahmet Square, also known as the Hippodrome, near The Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque. It served as a water reservoir for the Great Palace of Constantinople and the Topkapi Palace during the Ottoman Empire.

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