Here you will be able to see, my last days of being a tourist during my stay at Istanbul as I gather all the tourist parts in this blog post.
Eyup Sultan Mosque
On our third day, we visited many holy graves around Istanbul, one of them was Ayyub Al-Ansari in Eyup. This is built near the Golden Horn Bay in Eyup District of Istanbul. It is a very popular place for the local Muslims tourist, besides Ayyub al-Ansari’s Tomb, there is also very old ottoman graves and tombstones around the Eyup Sultan Mosque.
If you have some spare time whilst here, it’s worthwhile to visit the mosque and tomb. Also to sense the history, walk or ride the cable car uphill to the Pierre Loti Café to sip a drink while enjoying the panoramic view is a must.
Turkish Whirling Dervish Dance
To end the day, we went to see the most popular Turkish Dervish Dance in Sirkeci next to our hotel. As we went arrived at the theatre hall, there had a small museum full of whirling dervish dancers to witness and read some of their histories. As well as that, there gave out complimentary cold and hot drinks for everyone before the show began.
Time for the show, luckily enough from sitting down on the second row, I managed to switch my seats and have front row seats, as there were few empty seats available at the front. Therefore, I had a really good view and recorded most of it on my Sony Camera just to notice it did not save any of it. Boo!!!…Although, I did manage to record some live clips from my Samsung phone so you can enjoy some of the live action on my YouTube link at the bottom of this post.
The overall experience of the Dervish dance was good to witness but as there went on with their routine I found the dance very repetitive after they performed the routine first time around, followed by two more times with the same routine.
At first, on the big screen there showed no photography are allowed during the live show, I felt as there were no restrictions, after witnessing the DJ starting to film and although people were unsure whether to record or not. I went ahead and started to film once people saw me and few others around there all started recording too, which I found quite funny.
The colourful and historic Grand Bazaar is in the heart of İstanbul’s Old City and has been so for centuries. To shop around allow yourself to have at least three to four hours or even days to shop around so you can bargain around each shop.
The Bazaar has eight different entrances, each of them facing one of the city’s most important historic monuments and there are more than 5000 shops located whether it be jewellers, antiques, carpets, copper or leather goods.
If you love traditional items like sweets, lights, jewellery and much more this is one place you’ll certainly fall in love exploring. Especially with their traditional lights, which there have on many stalls as you walk around, which look simply stunning to capture at the Grand Bazaar. However, there tends to be a lot of junk for sale at this place, unless you’re looking to take souvenirs for your friends or work colleague be prepared to bargain.
Opening hours here at The Grand Bazaar are 9AM to 7PM but closed on Sundays.
Address: Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque during Friday Prayers
On Friday’s the Blue Mosque shuts down for two hours for visitors during the times of Jummah prayers. All the Muslims gather together during these times and listen to the Imaan’s speech before starting fill obligatory Friday prayers.
After the Friday prayers, as a family, we went exploring around The Blue Mosque, where we saw the Hippodrome of Constantinople, Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and we had a chance to shop around Arasta Bazaar. This place was a bit like the spice bazaar, where there sell spices, Turkish clothing and other old items.
The difference between Arasta Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar pricing will be due to Arasta Bazaar being government funded and as Spice Bazaar being solely rented, so the prices will be higher at Spice Bazaar but do not let that stop you from haggling from both areas.
Overall, I simply loved sitting down whilst admiring the views by the fountain in between Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque as I managed to capture many beautiful landscapes. Also, experiencing the nightlife at the Blue Mosque was really calm hearing the waterfalls and noticing the views of the beautiful Mosque and colourful fountain.
On our last days, we visited two extraordinary looking mosque, where one of them ‘Nuruosmaniye’. Based within the neighbourhood of Eminou. We saw this on our visit to look for Suleymaniye Mosque, very close to the Grand Bazaar, there is an underground, which leads straight into the Grand Bazaar. Funnily enough, we did not know where that tunnel leads but we went through it and spent hours shopping and exploring around the Grand Bazaar.
Address: Ç. Nuruosmaniye Cad. No:26 34120 Fatih, İstanbul
Sulyemaniye Mosque One of the grandest and most beautiful looking after the Blue Mosque. On our last day of our stay in Istanbul, we finally got to witness this mosque after exploring Vialand theme park. Capturing moments from my camera and praying inside this mosque seemed really peaceful. I certainly loved the stunning interiors and blown away how huge this mosque was.
A 10-minute walk from the Grand Bazaar. Inside the Suleymaniye was simply breathtaking, outside of this mosque there is a garden, where you have lovely views from the terrace of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus.
The best way is to take a tram to Beyazit-Grand Bazaar or Laleli-University, from where there it’s a short walk.
Address: Süleymaniye Mah., Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar cad. No:1, 34116 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Thanks for reading my long-awaited final days during my visit to Istanbul post. I hope you all enjoyed these pictures, I shall be uploading my visit to Bursa and fun times I had at Vialand Theme Park when I manage to squeeze some time to post them too.
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