If you are a vlogger or a curious tourist that love “walking” this route is exactly for you:
You will start from Eminönü and finish at Valens Aqueduct. On the way you will see Süleymaniye Mosque, (Architect Sinan’s one of the best architecture) Commissioned by Sultan Süleyman known as ‘the Magnificent’.The mosque and its surrounding buildings were designed by Mimar Sinan, the most famous and talented of all imperial architects. Sinan’s türbe (tomb) is just outside the mosque’s walled garden, next to a disused medrese(seminary) building.
than you will go to Vefa Bozacısı ( this is a well known place for the local, traditional drink “BOZA” Turkish Boza is a fermented drink that is based on bulgur and yeast. It has a sweet and sour taste that you should try…You will find some vinegars in this store as well….
The Şehzadepaşa (Şehzade) Mosque, was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman (Magnificiant Suleiman) for his son who died at the age of 22. So the mosque has some hidden codes sorrow of a Sultan for his son. This mosque was the first mosque designed by Architect Sinan for the members of the Ottoman dynasty. By this mosque Sinan baceme an Imperial Architect by time. It has a peacefull courtyard that you can have a rest.
Then Valens Aqueduct was built in Byzantine period and supplied the city’s water till 19th century. Valens Aqueduct is something to stop and stare at to feel the pure history.
Then you will walk to Kadınlar Pazarı (Women’s Market)
Here you will see traditional foods and restaurants with Kurdish and Arabic influenced dishes from southeastern part of Turkey.
Different type of Cheeses, spices, honeys, and yogurts including manda yoğurdu (water buffal.o)
Turkish people are known as strong soldiers from ancient times. Maybe it is bacause they all have to struggle hard to survive in difficult geographies so military always important to them. Even now Turkish Army is one of the biggest one in the world.
So if you are in Istanbul you should see one of the biggest military museums of the world.
Museum is in Harbiye district of Istanbul and “Harbiye”means “military”, because Military Museum was used as the Military Academy by the Ottoman Empire in its later periods. So the name of this district comes from the Academy.
Military Museum and Cultural Center Command has approximately 55.000 objects in its inventory, 5.000 of which are displayed in the museum’s exhibition halls.
You can also listen to “Mehteran Company” in the museum hall, the oldest band in the world, that was used to motivate the soldiers and intimidate the enemies in old times. The performances by “Mehteran Company” can be watched in two separate sessions from 15.00 to 16.00 in days the museum is open.
The Military Museum is open to public visits every day from 09.00 to 17.00 except on January 1, the first days of the Ramadan Holiday and the Festival of Sacrifices and Mondays and Tuesdays.
Archery lessons are given to the visitors at the Cannon Exhibition Hall on Wednesday and Saturday between the hours 14.00 and 15.00.
How can you go there?
For sure you know Taksim square. It takes only 20 minutes to walk to Military Museum from Taksim square.
Everybody knows Sultanahmed but few people know Kadırga. Kadırga is in a walking distance to Sultanahmed as you see above. Kadırga means an old war ship and this area was the oldest port of Byzantine Empire. When you go there you will see such a local area that you will forget that you are in Istanbul. Lots of hundred years old trees. Locals are quite and conservative. Walking this area is something like walking in the time.
On the way to Kadırga you should see Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque, built by architect Sinan in 1571. The interesting feature of this mosque is there are four small stones that were taken from Kaaba, holly stone from Mecca.
One is on the interior part and top of the main door. The other is on the door of minbar. The third one is again on the minbar.And the last one is on the top of the mihrab over the mukarnas design.
From Sultanahmed to Kadırga Port there are many other places you will see…
Walking from Taksim Square to Mongeri Art building is an interesting route to explore north of Taksim square. On the way you will see Istanbul Radio Building, Military Museum, Ataturk’s house and finaly Mongeri Art Building.
Mongeri Art building is open only weekdays till 17.00 When you go there you will be amazed with kinetic sculptures of Server Demirtaş, a Turkish artist. Especially the horse sculpture is amazing!