Instagram, which is the most widely used application developed with the increasing use of social media today, is increasing its reputation every day with the use of millions of people. The sharing of miraculous beauties in many corners of the world by native and foreign tourists turns them into an opportunity for people who cannot see these beauties in place. There are also natural beauties, historical places and fascinating works worth seeing and sharing in Istanbul. Here are some of the Instagram places in Istanbul…
Hagia Sophia, which has left its admiration to the local and foreign tourists with its architecture, magnificence and size, which has survived until today, is of great importance for the world architectural history and art world. It is known that the construction of this big church, which was built by the Eastern Roman Empire in Sultanahmet in Istanbul, was completed in as little as 5 years. The church functioned as a cathedral during which the monarchs were crowned during the Roman Empire, and from the 5th century onwards it was called Hagia Sophia, meaning ’Sacred Wisdom’. After the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, this architectural art work, which contains both Turkish and Roman history, can not erase from the memories with taken photos for many years.
The Maiden's Tower, built by the Greeks on the sea near the Uskudar coast of the Bosphorus in the 5th century BC, is considered one of the city's most important historical sites. It’s known to be established as a customs point of Maiden Tower by Greek people, a short time before the establishment of the Republic of Turkey is known as being used as a lighthouse. Nowadays, the tower, which is operated as a venue and a restaurant, has a place in Greek legends. It is said that Hero, one of Aphrodite's nuns, strangled to death when Leandros, whose love he could not meet, tried to reach the tower and Hero committed suicide by leaving himself in the dark waters of Marmara. With its long history, glorious love story and elegance that adds beauty to the view of Istanbul on the sea, Maiden's Tower fascinates those who are shared by local and foreign tourists on Instagram pages.
Located in Sarıyer, Emirgan Grove, with the festivals held in April the Tulip Era, with its colorful flowers, trees adorned with motifs and the Bosphorus landscape that enchants those who see it, brings the beauty of Istanbul together. Thanks to this feature, it is seen quite a lot in the shares of Instagram in Istanbul.
The fascinating structure in Sultanahmet, also known as the Basilica Cistern because of its location beneath the Stoa Basilica, is 140 meters long and 70 meters wide. Inside the giant structure, there are 336 columns with tears shapes on them and each rising 9 meters in height. According to rumors, these figures are the tears of 7,000 slaves working in the construction. To the northwest of the cistern is the head of Medusa, which is believed to have been removed from an ancient building belonging to the Young Roman Age. The head of a snake-haired woman, regarded as one of the masterpieces of sculpture, belongs to one of three underground monsters in Greek mythology. It is known that the statues of Medusa head, believed to have the power to turn the ministers to stone, were used to protect the large buildings and private places from evil at that time. The legendary cistern, which resembles a columned forest with stone stairs, is under the influence of the arrivals at the very first moment and ranks among the Instagram places in Istanbul.
The famous district on the Bosphorus in the Besiktas district of Istanbul is famous for its ‘’kumpirci’’(baked potato) and Ortakoy Mosque. The region, which has managed to keep the attention since the Ottoman period, hosts a magnificent view by the sea, maintains its throne on Instagram shares with ‘’kumpirci’’ street and ‘’gözlemeci’’
The passage on Istiklal Street was called Hristaki Passage in 1908. It is known that the name was changed to Çiçek Pasajı because of the fact that there were many flower shops in the armistice years. The three-storey building made of stone is said to be the most ornate structure in Beyoğlu. There are twenty-four shops and eighteen luxury apartments in this flashy passage. The lion and human head sculptures on the upper floor of the arcade building, the crowd of people, the beauty of the arcade decorations and architecture, create a great opportunity for people who want to take photos and share this beautiful memory on Instagram.
Galata Tower, which promises its guests a panoramic view of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, is located in the upper parts of Karaköy. The tower, built by Byzantine Emperor Anastasius Oilosuz, was restored in 1348 by the Genoese stone masonry. The tower, which can also be accessed by walking down Istiklal Street, has been in existence for hundreds of years with its imposing structure. The tower, which can be seen on almost all Istanbul postcards, has become one of the heritage of the city and is also frequented by tourists. It is believed among the people that if you go to the tower for the first time with a lover, you will marry him/her. On the ninth floor of the tower, there is a restaurant that caters to Ottoman and Turkish cuisine with magnificent views.
Dolmabahçe Clock Tower
Dolmabahçe Clock Tower, which is a unit of Dolmabahçe Palace in Beşiktaş, was built in between 1890-1895 by II. Abdulhamid. Thanks to this tower, the prayer time was followed and in case of fire, the bell was ringed and the public was informed about the situation. This four-storey tower, built in baroque and empirical style, has a narrow structure as it rises. On the ground floor there are arches, curves and barometers. The facades on the first floor appear to be very ornate. The second floor is more simple and the third floor attracts attention with its balconies. It is known that the clocks of the tower, which was built with a flamboyant architectural approach, were brought from France and then switched to electronic system in order to prevent them from deteriorating. Taking photographs at the Clock Tower is one of the things to remember when you go to Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the most beautiful historical places of Istanbul.