What to do in Istanbul

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What to do in Istanbul

One of the more recent additions to the Green Motion family, Green Motion Turkey already has 13 locations across the country. The capital Istanbul is the jewel in the crown of this amazing and beautiful country.

If you only have a few days in Istanbul, the majority of your time will probably be spent in the area of Sultanahmet.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is one of the most stunning buildings in the world. There is a fountain directly between the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque which is an ideal spot on which to stand and admire both buildings.

As incredible as the exterior of the Blue Mosque is, it is also worth going inside to understand the scale of the building, and to pay your respects to the fact that it’s still an important functioning mosque in the city to this day.

Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia (pronounced aya sofya), is an ancient orthodox church turned mosque turned museum. The building exemplifies Byzantine architecture as well as modern day Istanbul. Perhaps no other building epitomizes the history of this city and its transition from ancient Christianity to modern Islamic than the Hagia Sophia.

The Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus cruises are offered throughout the area of Sultanahmet, and they’re typically fairly decent and reasonably priced. Take a cruise to get out on the strait and see what’s known as the Golden Horn (where many of Istanbul’s major sights are) from the water.

Kadıköy

From Karaköy, you can hop on a ferry that will take you over to the Asian side of the city to an area known as Kadıköy. The ferry ride itself offers fantastic views of the city, and Kadıköy is one of the most dynamic areas in the city with its thriving café and infamous “bar street”.

For more information on hiring a car with Green Motion Turkey to start off your exploration of amazing Istanbul, visit www.greenmotion.com

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