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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul. You’re the city we never knew we needed.

Continuing our second leg of our trip in Turkey, we traveled north to the capital. If you didn’t know it already, let me have the honour of telling you how INCREDIBLE this city is. Istanbul is one of the few places in the world where the real-life version looks SO MUCH better than the photos. As a traveler, it has everything you want: fascinating history, vibrant culture, delicious food, friendly people, breathtaking landscapes. The list goes on. And if that isn’t enough, it’s located on the edge of Europe where east meets west. Yup. It’s situated on two continents (Europe and Asia)! How cool is that?

We were quickly enchanted by the beauty of Istanbul and its people. Some of the sights that definitely stood out were Sophia Hagia Museum, The Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, and the stunning Bosphorus Strait. The Sophia Haga Museum was a former Greek Orthodox Christian cathedral for over a millennial, which was later on turned into a mosque by the Ottoman empire. It is now a museum, each corner more majestic than the last. It’s considered to be one of the most important monuments ever built, home to the world’s first dome, its ceilings once entirely covered by gold mosaics.

The Suleymaniye Mosque was one of the last sights we saw in Istanbul. It is truly a Turkish masterpiece. Its sheer size is something to behold. On the grounds, there’s a very calming atmosphere that isn’t found in many places. Also, when you visit, please don’t forget to go to the back of the Mosque. There’s a view of the city that’s absolutely spectacular.

Each location had its unique traits and pretty much blew our minds. We never knew how crazy beautiful Istanbul was, and we’re so grateful we had the opportunity of visiting this city with Indah Tour.

As I’m writing this, I’m already dreaming of a second visit to Turkey. What a beautiful country.