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Mosaics & Frescos At The Chora Church

Expect beautiful mosaics and neck pains during your visit to the Chora Church.


The Chora Church is a great place to escape the rain while continuing my exploration of Istanbul on a rainy day. Unfortunately, so did a lot of other tourists. It felt like all of Istanbul was crammed into the small Byzantine Church.

Located in the Edirnekapi district of Istanbul, the Chora Church was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. From the walls to the ceilings, its interior is plastered with beautiful mosaics and frescoes.

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Taking A Bosporus Cruise To Yoros Castle

The Bosporus Cruise takes you to Yoros Castle, which has a panoramic view of where the Bosporus River meets the Black Sea.


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The Bosporus River is the winding water way that divides Turkey into two. Most tourists stay on the European side and take short day trips across to Uskudar or Kadikoy, which is located on the Asian side. It’s vice-versa with Istanbulites. Many of them live on the Asian side and commute via ferry to the European side.

I boarded a ship at Eminonu district for a Bosporus Cruise, making alternate stops along the European and Asian side of the river. The length of the cruise varies depending on the time you spend exploring each port.

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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.


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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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