Weather and Climate in Istanbul

Weather and Climate in Istanbul Istanbul is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities in the world. It is located on a huge area so there is much topographic diversity you can observe. Generally it is under influence of Mediterranean climate which means dry summers, mild and rainy winters. However, cold winters can be seen and the temperature is below zero and the ground is usually covered with snow. The summers can be really oppressive and the hottest months are July and August. The average temperature is 23 ºC. The coldest months are January and February. The average temperature in these months is 5 ºC. Mean yearly temperature is 13, 7 ºC. Istanbul in Spring Spring is the perfect…

Ramadan 2012

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran, their holy book, was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. During this period Muslims wake up before dawn for breakfast and abstain from food, water and the use of perfumes during the daylight hours. They break their fasting with group dinners at night. Moreover, these days are characterized by charity-giving and self accountability, for this reason, some organizations actively take part in charity events such as giving basic necessities, including food and clothing to the homeless or donating school equipment to schools. The days are punctuaded by prayers and Muslims try to read the…

Turkish Water Pipe – Nargile (Hookah)

There are many famous words that people use to describe the Hookah, Turkish Water Pipe, a tool for pleasure existing for thousands of years. This tobacco smoking tradition, origins of which are in India, has survived until today with disguising in many different shapes. And today the tradition hit the peak. For the Turks, the habit of smoking Hookah started in the era of Yavuz Sultan Selim. Hookah, which is an important part of the culture, is being used widely today, especially in Istanbul. Enjoying the pleasure of pleasant conversations with their irreplaceable friend, Hookah, is up to you. Yet, smoking Hookah is not an easy job. There are some certain procedures and principles. The basic law is the respect. When…

Kariye (Chora) Museum

The Church of the Holy Savior of Chora, called in Turkish, KariyeCamii, is, after Hagia Sophia, the most interesting Byzantine church in the city. Not so much for the building itself, pretty as it is, but because of the superb series of mosaics and frescoes which it preserves and which have been magnificently restored and cleaned by the Byzantine Institute of America. The name of the church,”in Chora” means “in the country” because the very ancient monastery to which it was attached was outside the walls of the Constantinian; later when it was included within the Theodosian walls, the name remained the Holy Savior of Chora. The church of The Holy Savior in Chora (KariyeCamii) is the most important monument…

Pierre Loti Hill

You take a cable-lift up to the summit of the hill where you can look down on the Golden Horn and  the beautiful mosques of the Old City and surrounds.  Pierre Loti (born Louis Marie JulienViaud (b. 14 Jan 1850 – d. 10 June 1923), was a French writer who lived in Istanbul at the end of the 19th century. It  is said his name was given Tahitian natives during a journey to  the south Sea Islands He rose to the rank of a Colonel in the French Army and was considered a friend  of the Ottomans but there were those who thought otherwise as .  Amongst the many novels he wrote his main works are; Aziyade his first  novel…

Eyup Mosque

Eyup Mosque was the first mosque built after the Turks conquered Constantinople. One of the first Muslims, EbuEyup El-Sari was killed in the Arab army’s battle in the year 668 AC in this location. Sultan Fatih Mehmet’s religious tutor is said to have discovered his tomb. Fatih built a large tomb, a mosque and a public soup kitchen in that location in memory of the fallen warrior. The interior is magnificent with goldleafed decorations, elegant chandeliers hanging from the dome, and oriental carpets that cover the ground. The tomb of Eyup Sultan was built in 1485 and its walls have been tiled with tiles from various periods. For hundreds of this has been a centre of pilgrimage. The grill inside…

Golden Horn

Situated at the mouth of the Bosphorus this bay separates the old city from new Istanbul. This is where the first colonies settled during the founding of Istanbul in pre-Byzantine times. This was the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balattasking time out to see the Bulgarian Orthodox metal plated  Church of St. Stephen and drive along the fortification walls of old Constantinople that stretch for 21 kilometres alongside the City Walls(by bus), the strongest fortification of the middle ages.

Çamlıca Hill

On the Asian shores of the Bosphorus there is high pine covered hill which has a restaurant situate at its apex. From here one can inhale the fresh Black Sea air, and obtain the best views of the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul. The best time for pictures is in the morning, but late afternoon offers glimpses on the city’s skyline silhouetted against the sunset while night fall ushers in an impressive portrait of Istanbul as a city of sparkling lights.

Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Palace is on the Asiatic shore and was built by Abdulaziz between the years 1861-1865. The architect was SarkisBalyan, one member of the famous Balyan family, which gave nine renowned palaces to The Ottoman Empire over nearly a century. Serving under the six sultans, they were responsible for the westernization of the city’s architecture. The old palace had been built by Mahmut II, during the years 1826-1827 but the building was damaged during a fire. Beylerbeyi Palace served as a summer residence. There are many architectural resemblances between this building and the Dolmabahce Palace. The palace has 6 halls and 24 rooms. The decoration of the ceiling was done by Ottoman , Italian, and French artists. The painterChelebowsky was…

Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar

It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, HaticeTurhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul’s second covered bazaar. It is L shaped in plan, a building that borders two sides of the park beside YeniCami. The structure was restored in 1943. There are eighty eight vaulted shops in all, along with a tiny mosque at the inner corner of the L. The structure of the building is dressed stone with alternating brick courses, fine examples of Ottoman Architecture. Merchants selling various herbs and spices such as saffron, mustard, mint, thyme, cinnamon, aniseed, garlic, Indian tea, honey, apple tea, henna, jujube, eucalyptus, mahlep, cloves,etc. can be seen throughout.