There is no other city like Istanbul. It is the only metropolis in the world that spans two continents. With my self-guided walks you will be able to enjoy both the past and the contemporary in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital. As Napoleon reportedly said, ‘If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital’.
This 2,600-year-old metropolis is the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It is a city where you are greeted with warm hospitality, Mediterranean culinary culture, melancholic music, a rich history, remains of ancient civilisations and traces of early Christianity.
The walks featured in this book take in aspects of the past and the trendy neighbourhoods, as well as the clubs and restaurants that have made Istanbul Europe’s coolest party city.
‘Walking in Istanbul’ offers you four informative, self-guided walks. Two are on the European banks of the Bosporus; the other two are on the Asian side. They take five to six hours and will allow you to witness all aspects of life in the city, as well as its history.
You will pass by and visit centuries-old sultans’ mosques, churches from the Byzantine era, Armenian and Greek churches, a cemetery with a million graves, the Babylon music venue, trendy restaurants, hidden courtyards and simple food stalls and street vendors selling traditional Turkish snacks, such as stuffed mussels, tripe soup and grilled lamb intestines.
Every walk starts with a description of the district and an explanation of the most convenient way of getting there by public transport. As you walk, you will be amazed by the abundance of sights, the architecture, shops, tea rooms, restaurants, clubs, galleries and people. The best way to get to know Istanbul is on foot!
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