The town appears dreamlike at sunset. Its yellow lights blaze on the water of the Golden Horn when the sun is setting. This horn–shaped estuary, Halic, separates the old and new parts of European Istanbul in the Eminönü district. We took a bus to go to Eminönü, which is a major transport junction for trains, trams, buses and ferries.
Besides the transport system, there are sights not to miss, such as the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, the New Mosque, the central Post Office, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the Sirkeci Train Station. It is a good point from which to start discovering Old İstanbul. First we joined a Bosphorus Tour. It was lovely sitting in the breeze on the ferry. We were attracted by the wonderful wooden villas, especially on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, and it was charming to see the historical Mosques and Palaces and the two bridges which connect the two continents.
When we arrived back in Eminönü, we took the road along the shore to Gülhane Park, which was part of the former Royal Gardens of the Topkapı Palace, now used as a public park by the population of, and visitors to Istanbul. We took a short break at the park to rest a little then continued. Eventually we arrived at the Sultanahmet district, which is the heart of historic Old İstanbul. This is where you will find the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), the Hippodrome, the Sunken Palace Cistern, the İstanbul Archeological Museums and the Grand (Covered) Bazaar.
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