Istanbul ıs a favorıte cıty for photographers. Whether you’re an amateur or a professıonal, ıf you want to ımmortalıze the unıque vıews offered by thıs cıty, grab your camera and hıt the shutter release at the spots we recommend for you.
Ortaköy Square welcomes you with a new surprise. There can’t be a better place to start our photography tour than with the Bosphorus and Ortaköy Mosque in the background. Ortakoy is one of the nicest neighborhoods of Besiktas districts in the European side of Istanbul on the Bosphorus Strait, right under the first Bosphorus bridge. In Turkish it means “middle village” because it was in the middle of the strait, and during the Ottoman period it was just a small fishing village and a resort for the Ottoman dignitaries because of its attractive location. After many years, the district is still a popular spot for local people and foreign visitors.
If you’ve caught the morning sun at Ortaköy, you can now hop on a bus to İstiklâl Street, the pearl of Taksim. The bustling crowd around midday, along with colorful street vendors and musicians, will fill you with inspiration. Don’t forget to shoot the nostalgic tram! İstiklal Street is the beating heart of the city, the three million people that pass it every day, can make it rather challenging to traverse. Yet it serves as a microcosm of Istanbul itself and although chains and fast food joints are starting to edge out the more old fashioned shops, there’s still traces of old Istanbul here.
You’ve hailed Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi at the top of the Galata Tower, and now you can head down to Karaköy and enter the Historical Peninsula across the Galata Bridge. If it’s sunny, you’re lucky – the shadows will make for some really spectacular shots. The Galata Bridge is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn . From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels.
YENİ CAMİ (NEW MOSQUE) Just off the Galata Bridge, the glorious NEW MOSQUE will greet you. It’s afternoon, and Eminönü is filled with a dynamic crowd. You can capture both old and new Istanbul, with its historical buildings and metropolitan hustle. The New Mosque (Yeni Camii) in Istanbul is not that new – it was built in the 1600s. Begun by Valide Safiye, mother of Sultan Mehmet III, in 1597, the mosque was designed by the architect Da’ud Aga, a pupil of Sinan. The chosen site was then a poor neighborhood; the inhabitants were paid to move out.
Construction initially dragged on for several decades due to water seeping and funding problems, then stopped completely when the sultan died – Safiye was no longer the Queen Mother so she no longer had the revenues or power to support the project.
The mosque was completed by another queen mother, Valide Sultan Turhan Hattice, mother of Mehmet IV (1642-93).
Turning your back on Yeni Cami, you’ll see the Galata Tower from a different angle. This is the favorite view of both photographers and tourists. Hit the shutter release at the spot where the blue meets the history of Haliç. The Galata Tower, Galata Kulesi in Turkish, is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. 63 meter (206 feet) high tower provides a panoramic view of the old town. It was built in the 14th century by the Genoese colony as part of the defense wall surrounding their district at Galata directly opposite ancient Constantinopolis. They called the tower as “Christea Turris”, or “Tower of Christ”. The Genoese were involved in trade with the Byzantines and the tower was used for the surveillance of the Harbor in the Golden Horn. After the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmet II, it served to detect fires in the city. – See
Among the inns and doors of Grand Bazaar, the grandparent of shopping malls in Istanbul and one of the biggest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, you’ll witness colorful views. The Grand Bazaar built in the 15th century, is the oldest covered market in the world. Covering an area of 54.653 square meters, it also still ranks as one of the world’s biggest covered markets. In other words, keep on reading if you want to be prepared before entering this maze of 56 interconnecting vaulted passages, housing over 4.000 shops with persistent shopkeepers eager to use their relentless sales tricks.
Cukurcuma street, this neighbourhood is full of surprises and enjoyable with a spot of shopping in the district, hand crafted accessories, furniture, costumes, lamps, second-hand shops, antique shops, vintage stores.
You can find everything your heart desires. Çukurcuma is a world of its own. Cafe doorways give way to secret flowering gardens, Turkish pizzerias feature local wine and live jazz, and charming family-run restaurants maintain their place among the neighborhood’s restaurant scene. Once you venture into the heart of Çukurcuma, you’ll find an array of 19th century Ottoman mansions, some fully restored while others crumble into disrepair. One example of a tastefully renovated Çukurcuma home is Faik Pasha cafe, its also a boutique hotel and al cafe specializing in handmade products and organic goods.