The summer issue of Lonely Planet magazine came with a little booklet on Istanbul which reminded me of my and hubby’s trip to Turkey back in 2014.
Browsing through the booklet brought memories of our time at the Turkish city of Istanbul made more fun by the friends we made in our tour group. It especially brought to mind the day we explored Sultanahmet on our own.
How adventurous of us to venture independently from Kadikoy to Sultanahmet. Our biggest challenge was the language barrier. But I had done my research, so I had a good idea on how to go to Sultanahmet from Kadikoy and back.
So, where did our adventure take us in Sultanahmet?
- Basilica Cistern This ancient structure that holds water was built in the 6th Century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Dan Brown features the cistern in his novel Inferno.
- Aya Sofya Built in 532 B.C., the Aya Sofya went through several changes from being a Christian Church to a Greek Orthodox Church to a Roman Catholic Church back to a Greek Orthodox Church to an Imperial Mosque, and now a museum. It’s a must see in Istanbul.
- Topkapi Palace Ottoman Sultans resided at Topkapi Palace for 400 of their 624-year reign. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Blue Mosque Sultan Ahmed Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles in its interior. It was completed in 1616 and is one of the major attractions in Sultanahmet.
- Grand Bazaar The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. It is 2014’s number 1 most visited attraction in the world.
With lunch at Fuego Restaurant, Istanbul’s friendliest, we had a pretty successful day in Sultanahmet on our own.