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How to Explore Historic Attractions with Istanbul Holidays

by Daisy Wilkinson Travel Guides

The historic, cultural, and economic centre of Turkey, Istanbul was known in the ancient world as Byzantium and later as Constantinople before the Ottomans established their rule over the country and named the city as 'Istanbul'. Today, it is the largest European city that bridges the East and West with its historical centre on the European side and one-third of its population living on the Asian side. Its historic centre has been partially included in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites and is one of the city's biggest attractions. During your time spent in this historic Turkish city, you'll get to explore many of its architectural wonders.

One of the best times to enjoy your Istanbul holidays is between the months of September and November when the weather is pleasant with comfortable daytime temperatures. You can also enjoy attractive deals on hotel accommodations in the months of October and November, as there is a drop in the number of tourists owing to the rains. Another good time to visit is between the months of March and May. In these months the climate is favourable for outdoor activities, as you can experience warm temperatures during the day. The wettest and the coldest time of the year in this city is from December to February.

From June to August, this Turkish city is extremely hot with high humidity levels. Considering these climatic conditions, you may expect to get cheap holidays to Istanbul during this season. However, it is quite the opposite, as the room rates are expensive in these months. While getting around in the city, you can witness some fascinating structures and most of them were constructed during ancient times. One of the most prominent ones is Aya Sofya or Hagia Sophia. It was constructed during the reign of Justinian, a Byzantine Emperor, in 536 AD. It was converted into a mosque during the rule of the Ottoman Empire and was finally transformed into a museum in the year 1935.

Yet another fascinating attraction worth visiting during your cheap holidays to Istanbul is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, popularly known as the 'Blue Mosque'. It was built during the period between 1609 and 1616. The interiors of this mosque are lined with numerous handmade iznik tiles with a turquoise colour and the upper levels are painted blue. In the evening, this mosque comes alive with blue shades as the lights fall on its domes and minarets. Owing to the prominence of these blue shades, it came to be known as Blue Mosque over the years.

Another interesting attraction in this city is the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. It would give you some intriguing insights into the history of Turkey and the Middle East with a vast collection of artefacts. The entire complex is divided into three sections, namely the Museum of the Ancient Orient, Tiled Pavilion of Mehmet the Conqueror, and the Archaeology Museum. You would also find the exhibit room called 'Istanbul Through the Ages' quite interesting. This room is located in the Archaeology Museum.

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