Istanbul Information

Weather

Average weather for Istanbul in September is 75 - 80 degrees fahrenheit. For more weather information click here

Visitors Information

For visitors information please visit the Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau website

Currency 

The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira. Credit cards are also widely accepted around Turkey and Istanbul. 

Attractions

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument for both Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the most precious of its time.

Sultanahmet Cammii (Blue Mosque)

The Blue Mosque (called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. It is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue interior tiles. The Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. 

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the most attractive shopping centers and the biggest souk (market) in the world, with nearly 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leather goods, and souvenirs. 

Taksim Square

Taksim Square is the most known modern city center of Istanbul. Many hotels and restaurants are in or near the Square and on Istiklal Street. Istiklal pedestrian street has many bars, night clubs and movie theaters, therefore, it is always busy with young people almost 24 hours a day. The most important monument in Taksim Square is the Independence Monument standing at the beginning of Istiklal pedestrian street. 

Turkish Bath (hamam)

A turkish bath is a cleansing or relaxing treatment that involves a period of time spent sitting in a room filled with very hot air or steam. These baths are a very unique experience and can be found all around Istanbul. 

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