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Istanbul tips please

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I’m off to Turkey in two weeks time and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ll be in Istanbul for four days and I’d love some tips from you. I’m wanting to go to quirky little spots off the beaten track and discover more of Istanbul’s hidden gems. So if you have any recommendations for coffee shops, interior stores, neighbourhoods, where to buy gorgeous fabrics etc then please let me know.

Istanbul views
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  1. An absolute must is to visit the Oldest Hammam (Turkish Bath) in Istanbul:
    The Cemberlitas Hammam;
    It had built by Nurbanu Sultan (the mother of Sultan Murad III) in 1584. This elegant structure shows that it is the work of Mimar Sinan. The six-line inscription at the entrance of the bathhouse has remained with the original version.
    The changing places have been closed with 18 meters wide domes. The square planned hot room (sicaklik) has got a cornered formation consisting of 12 columns. There are domed cubicle spaces on the corners. This cubicle spaces has been separated by couplet written marble separators.
    Marble covered floor has been decorated with colored stones. The horizontal size of the middle stone is unequaled.
    The Cemberlitas Hammam serves as a double bath (Consists of two buildings adjacent to each other including two separate sections for men and women).
    It is one of the best, cleanest and most well maintained Hammams of Istanbul.

    I Copied the text from their website.
    Enjoy Istanbul it has alwasys been one of favourite cities to visit.

    Other musts is the Old Market but I am sure you know that.

    All the best,

    • Lana

      26 May

      Thanks so much Cindy! Quite a few people have recommended the Cermberlitas Hammam so I think it needs to become a must. Istanbul has been on my bucket list for ages so I am super excited to get there now!
      Hope you’re well!

  2. Cathy

    19 May

    House of Medusa in Sultanahmet is a lovely restaurant and the staff are very kind and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The Textile Market is stunning and is between Sultanahmet and Cemberlitas (along the tramline). We also attended a very beautiful and moving evening of watching Sufi Whirling Dervishes dancing to the music of Rumi, at The Press Museum (also in the Cemberlitas area), which did not feel at all like the usual tourist “song-and-dance” routine. The Spice Market is also a sensory must-do :). People are very, very friendly, especially if you take an interest in them and their beautiful city.

    • Lana

      26 May

      Hi Cathy

      Thanks so much for your great Istanbul tips! The textile market sounds like a must and I definitely want to see the whirling dervishes.


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