Fly me to Istanbul
Finally I have an opportunity to visit Istanbul – really excited that I can visit it although I only have several hours to explore this city. For sure I taking some photos there, most of them are documentary / traveling photos – I don’t have enough time to shoot nice landscape photos. I hope you enjoy some photos that I took during short journey in Istanbul.
Before visiting Istanbul I already prepared everything (such as visa and museum ticket). If you have limited traveling time (just the same case like me) then I suggest you to purchase e-visa and e-ticket.
You can apply Turkey e-visa here, make sure you fill-in correct information and pay the e-visa after that.
If you know some location you want to visit, you may check this website to buy e-ticket (don’t waste your time queuing to buy the entrance ticket).
The first time you arrived in Ataturk airport, you can go to city by taxi or public transportation. At that time, I use public transportation (metro and tram) to enter the city. You can check the map of metro & tram here. The cost for one journey is one jetton / coin ( one jetton = 3 Turkish Lira).
As a tourist who just visit Istanbul at first time, I need to visit many places as I can. I have heard the famous place such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, etc – and I have checked their location are nearby to Sultanahmet tram station. In order get into Sultanahmet tram station from Havalimani (airport) you need 2 jettons. From Havalimani, you can first go to Zeytinburnu by metro (M1) and change to tram (T1) then stop at Sultanahmet.
The first place I visit is Blue Mosque (but unfortunately I come on Friday (longer praying time) ) – I afraid I can’t visit other places if I wait there so I just take a look Blue Mosque exterior.
Next place I visit after Blue Mosque is Hagia Sophia / Ayasofya (I just need to walk about 5-10 minutes to go to Hagia Sophia).
During my visit, there is construction work in Hagia Sophia (I have read it in travel forum), but I still want to see the interior of Hagia Sophia. Entrance ticket is 25 TL, I think the price is not so expensive – since I can take many photos there ^^.
As you can see, there is construction work inside of Hagia Sophia (left side).
I really love the interior of Hagia Sophia, I just can say “wow”
The left side part which is being reconstructed.
Going to 2nd floor of Hagia Sophia.
Next place after Hagia Sophia is Topkapi Palace Museum. I know I will spend about 3 – 4 hours to see this one so I move faster. Entrance ticket of Topkapi Palace Museum is 25 TL, additional 15 TL to enter Harem area. If you really big fans of history / museum maybe you can hire guide or borrow audio guide – but for me, it’s enough to see item description / explanation. It is prohibited to taking photo inside the museum so I don’t have any photos of beautiful items there, but for sure most of items are contained gold, jewelry (especially emerald and ruby). The famous items there are Topkapi Dagger and Spoonmaker’s Diamond. Also there are many relics in Privy Chamber such as cloak of prophet Muhammad, footprint of prophet Muhammad, staff of Mosses, turban of Joseph, etc.
The Gate of Salutation.
The Gate of Felicity.
Famous hollow tree in Topkapi Palace Museum.
I can see a beautiful scenery from this spot, really nice spot (although many people in this spot).
Restaurant and the beautiful scenery.
Before leaving Topkapi Palace Museum, I also spend time to visit Harem of Topkapi Palace. As I read in other traveling forum, guide or audio guide is required to enter this area – but when I visit it the guard let me in (even without guide / audio guide).
It’s time to move from Topkapi Palace Museum to other location.
The next location to visit is Galata Tower. Galata Tower is not located nearby Sultanahmet tram station so I need to take tram (T1) to Karakoy tram station. From Karakoy tram station I walk about 10 minutes to Galata tower.
Ticket to enter Galata Tower is 13 TL (for foreigner), I don’t think it is cheap for small tower ~ but I can see beautiful scenery from the top of this tower. There is also restaurant in this tower, but I heard the price is expensive ^^.
I choose to walk & pass Galata bridge on my return way (instead of taking tram). I choose this option because I want to enjoy sunset from Galata bridge ~ seems nice, right ?
There are many people fishing in this bridge.
Last photo shows my real situation in Istanbul ~ what do you guess ?
I hope you enjoy some photos I took during my short journey in Istanbul. Comments, critiques, and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for visiting my blog and website.