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Author Topic: Istanbul hidden gems and recommendations?
MeirJac
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Post Istanbul hidden gems and recommendations?
on: June 17, 2013, 14:24
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Regimes, leaders, governments may come and go, but Istanbul stays for more than a thousand years, and it will stand on...
I find Istanbul as one of the most beautiful and interesting cities I ever visited.
Especially now, with all the turmoil going on, I believe it is important to remind us all of it's eternal beauty.
What is YOUR preferred spot in Istanbul?

MeirJac
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Post Re: Istanbul hidden gems and recommendations?
on: June 17, 2013, 17:17
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One of the spots I love most (and there are quite a few of them) Yerebatan Sarayi. An underground cistern, that was forgotten from the Byzantine times until 19th century. The local legend says that in the 19th century a foreign traveler met an enigma: Although Istanbul sits on a rock, local folks used to draw water from holes in the ground, using of course buckets tied to ropes. Armed with a ladder and candles he climbed into such a hole and was amazed to find a huge hall, the size of a couple of football fields, built like an immense basilica... It seems it wasn't that forgotten and in fact it was known to local authorities all along the centuries. Nowadays we can all visit this overwhelming place, near Aya Sofia and Archaeological Museum in Istanbul. http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-meir/19347728/in/set-72157594299770403/lightbox/

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