Istanbul in Photos

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I have so much to write about when it comes to Istanbul, Turkey. It's definitely one of the most dynamic and interesting big cities I think I've ever visited, and I packed as much as possible into my 2 days there.

But the tales of markets, mosques, and carpet salesmen will have to wait. Today, I just want to share my Istanbul experience with you via a collection of photos.

Here, then, is Istanbul through my eyes (or, I suppose my camera lens):

Istanbul in photos

Outside the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) in the morning:

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The ornate tiled dome of the Blue Mosque — easily the most popular place to visit in Istanbul:

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The courtyard of the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by the famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1557. This mosque is the second-largest in Istanbul:


The carpeting inside the Suleymaniye Mosque – I love the bright orange!


Looking out over Istanbul from behind the Suleymaniye Mosque:

Istanbul, Turkey

Some of the amazing blue-and-white Iznik tiles inside the Rustem Pasha Mosque, in Istanbul's Eminonu district. THIS mosque should be called the “blue mosque” if you ask me:


A pretty residential street in Istanbul:


A water view of the Bosporus:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

In the Spice Bazaar (AKA Egyptian Bazaar):

Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

In the square outside Hagia Sofia:


Inside the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia. This basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum nearly brought me to tears:

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

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I don't think I could ever tire of Hagia Sophia:

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Men fishing off the Galata Bridge:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

Inside the maze-like Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets:

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Glass lanterns hanging in the Grand Bazaar:

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

A view out over Istanbul — check out all the satellite dishes:


With no minarets in the background, you probably would never guess this tranquil scene came from Turkey, am I right:


Istanbul's underground Basilica Cistern:

Basilica Cistern

Cruising the Bosporus during the “golden hour”:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

Rumeli Hisari, a fortress on a hill on the European side of the city:

Rumeli Hisari, Istanbul

Cruising on the Bosporus at dusk:

Bosphorus, Istanbul

If you've never been to Istanbul, I highly recommend adding it to your list. It's unlike anywhere else I've visited in the world — in a good way.

If you're interested in seeing some of these spots for yourself in Istanbul, I managed to see them on a tour of “Hidden Istanbul,” combined with a ride on a hop-on, hop-off bus, and a Bosporus cruise.

Which Istanbul photo is your favorite?


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  1. I can’t choose a favorite.. All the photos are beautiful. And yes, I’ve added Istanbul to my list! 🙂

      I can’t really choose a favorite, either. Though, the ones showing colorful small details definitely stand out for me!

      Glad to hear you’ve added this awesome city to your list!

    I love Istanbul. It’s one of my top five cities in the world. The food is great, it has such a fascinating history and there’s heaps to see and do! I love the photo of “golden hour” on the Bosphorus in particular.

      It really is such a fascinating city – like you said, so much to see and do!

    Impossible to choose a favourite but I do like the boats on the Bosphorus. I love Istanbul because even though it is a bustling city, it is still possible to find those tranquil moments and scenes.

      That’s one thing I really love about Istanbul, too. There are lovely moments of calm all over the city – it was fun discovering some of them. (And that’s one of the reasons I love that boat photo, too!)

    Nice photos! But the photo with the boats is not from Bosphorus, it is from “the golden horn” which is an inlet from Bosphorus and we don’t consider it (and never ever refer to it) as part of Bosphorus itself. And the “typical” residential area is not so typical either. There are some neighborhods and maybe some streets over in other neighborhoods and 98 % of the city does not look like that anymore. It is just typical of what we manage to preserve from the past.

      Thanks for the clarification, Nihal! I appreciate it!

    Looooove the amazing blue-and-white Iznik tiles inside the Rustem Pasha Mosque – the combo of close up wall tiles and rusty red floor … yum 🙂

    Loved Istanbul… need to go back!

      The inside of that mosque was stunning! It was definitely my favorite out of the ones I visited.

    Love these photos, Amanda! They all bring back great memories of my trips to Istanbul – I have a feeling I will be returning soon 😉 My favorite shot is the one of the glass lanterns in the Grand Bazaar.

      Thanks, Dani! That lantern one is a favorite of mine, too.

    Oh my goodness, the Bosporus looks amazing. Reminds me of Seoul, which has a river running through it.

      I feel like all the best big cities in the world have rivers running through them. 🙂

    Beautiful photos! Strengthens my temptation to visit Istanbul soon! 🙂

    I’ve never been to Istanbul (or Turkey for that matter!) but I’m pretty sure that when I go I will absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for posting these photos, and you are SUCH an amazing photographer!

      Aww, thanks Rebecca! I love taking photos, and I’m really lucky I have such a great outlet through which to share them!

      I hope you make it to Istanbul yourself someday!

    You’ve done a wonderful job capturing all of the bright colors and patterns and landscapes that make Istanbul such a beautiful and magical city. It is one of my favorites, and I plan to return one day… especially now that I have a better camera and a little photography knowledge.

      Thanks, Stephanie! It’s such an easy city to photograph – I hope you make it back there soon yourself!

    What a good overview of Istanbul. We had a couple of rainy days so had to miss a few things. Among them the stuff up the Bosphorus. That is on my list for next time though. I like castles.

      I lucked out with clear (but hot) weather for most of my trip. You and Ali will just have to go back sometime! Istanbul is one of those cities I don’t think you can possibly visit too much.

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    Wow all these photos are just amazing 🙂

    Beautiful photos of my new home! Well done 🙂 [Apart from the horrendous traffic] I don’t think I will ever stop falling more and more in love with Istanbul.

      It’s such a gorgeous city – and so interesting, too!

    Absolutely beautiful photo essay, it gets my traveling juices flowing. What a wonderful place!

      Thank you! Istanbul definitely is a fantastic destination.

    Your pictures are gorgeous and you have a great eye for details. I can’t wait for our trip in Decembrrr! I wanted to ask you about your exact location for your “Looking out over Istanbul” (5th photo from top) shot… care to share? It’s a great vantage point! Appreciate it!

      Thanks, Michelle! And yes, I do remember where that photo was taken. If you visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, that viewpoint can be found behind the mosque in a kind of courtyard-type area.

        That’s awesome – thanks for sharing!

    Thank you for sharing the amazing photos from Istanbul.
    Istanbul is surrounded with the Bosphorus Sea, which is cutting right through it.
    In its thousands of years of history, Istanbul has been the capital of three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman!

    Great pictures! Istanbul has been on my bucket list for a long time, now I know where to start from.
    Thanks for the guide.

      Beautiful! Im looking forward to my escorted tours, for 13 days May 2019!

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