The Rough Guide to Istanbul

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Penguin, Jul 19, 2012 - Travel - 344 pages
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The Rough Guide to Istanbul is the perfect introduction to a vibrant mega-city, fast-becoming as popular for its nightlife and arts scene as it is for its unique historical heritage. All the major Byzantine and Ottoman sites, plus a myriad of lesser-known gems, are easily tracked down using clear, comprehensive maps. Whether you wish to watch the faithful at prayer in the iconic Blue Mosque, admire the glittering- gold mosaics in the Church of the Holy Wisdom, relax in an historic Turkish bath, cruise up the continent-dividing Bosphorus or dance the night away in an über-cool club, you can find out where and how in The Rough Guide to Istanbul. Evocative photographs of the city's highlights complement the text and two full-colour sections introduce the fascinating world of Ottoman Turkish architecture and the culinary delights of the Turkish kitchen. There are up-to-date descriptions of the city's best bars, cafes, clubs, hotels, restaurants and shops for all budgets, and a detailed section on 'out of town' trips including the legendary city of Troy and the former-Ottoman capitals of Bursa and Edirne.
 

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Contents

HOW TO USE THIS ROUGH GUIDE eBOOK
INTRODUCTION TO İSTANBUL
THE BOSPHORUS
THE ORIENT EXPRESS
AUTHOR PICKS
21 THINGS NOT TO MISS
Basics
BASICS
COOK LIKE A LOCAL EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Nightlife
NIGHTLIFE
BARS
TICKETS AND LISTINGS
TURKISH BEER
RAKI IS THE ANSWER
TURKISH WINES

A BETTER KIND OF TRAVEL
AGENTS AND OPERATORS
RAIL CONTACTS
ARRIVAL
CITY TRANSPORT
JETONS
USEFUL BUS ROUTES
THE MARMARAY PROJECT
ISTANBULKART THE SMARTCARD WAY TO TRAVEL
THE TÜNEL AND THE ANTIQUE TRAM
CARRENTAL AGENCIES
TOUR AGENCIES
THE MEDIA
FESTIVALS AND CULTURAL EVENTS
PROVISIONAL ŞEKER AND KURBAN BAYRAMS DATES
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
TURKISH EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES ABROAD
HOSPITALS
ROUGH GUIDES TRAVEL INSURANCE
TURKISH VAT
TIPPING
MOSQUE MANNERS
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES ABROAD
ISTANBUL ON THE NET
THE CITY
Sultanahmet
SULTANAHMET
AYA SOFYA
TOPKAPI PALACE
THE CAGE
THE WOMEN OF THE HAREM
CROWD TROUBLE IN CONSTANTINOPLE
SULTANAHMET CAMII
THE WORLD FAMOUS PUDDING SHOP
Sirkeci Eminönü and Tahtakale
SIRKECI EMINÖNÜ AND TAHTAKALE
GETTING THERE
THE GOLDEN HORN
The Grand Bazaar and around
THE GRAND BAZAAR AND AROUND
GETTING THERE
EXPLORING THE BAZAAR
MASTER BUILDER
FISH FRENZY
The northwest quarter
THE NORTHWEST QUARTER
THE NORTHWEST QUARTER
A MULTIFAITH CITY
KARIYE MUSEUM
The land walls
THE LAND WALLS
GETTING THERE
EYÜP CAMII
Galata and the waterfront districts
GALATA AND THE WATERFRONT DISTRICTS
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
A CLASH OF CYMBALS NOT CULTURES
KARAKÖY
HUBBLEBUBBLE BUT NO TOIL OR TROUBLE
Beyoğlu Taksim and around
BEYOĞLU TAKSIM AND AROUND
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
DIPLOMATIC RESIDENCES
HISTORIC ARCADES
TROUBLED TIMES IN TAKSIM SQUARE
UNLIKELY HERO OF CONSCIENCE
Beşiktaş and Ortaköy
BEŞIKTAŞ AND ORTAKÖY
BEŞIKTAŞ
THE DOLMABAHÇE PALACE
YILDIZ PARKI
ORTAKÖY
Asian İstanbul
ASIAN İSTANBUL
ASIAN İSTANBUL
THE LADY OF THE LAMP
The Bosphorus and the Black Sea resorts
THE BOSPHORUS AND THE BLACK SEA RESORTS
GETTING AROUND
THE BOSPHORUS CRUISE
THE EUROPEAN SHORE
YALIS
THE ASIAN SHORE
A SECOND BOSPHORUS
KILYOS
ŞILE
AĞVA
The Princes Islands
THE PRINCES ISLANDS
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
KINALIADA
BURGAZADA
HEYBELIADA
BÜYÜKADA
BEACHES
LISTINGS
Accommodation
ACCOMMODATION
ESSENTIALS
TOP FIVE PERIOD HOTELS
TOP FIVE HOSTELS
THE GRAND BAZAAR AND AROUND
THE NORTHWEST QUARTER
GALATA BEYOĞLU AND AROUND
BEŞIKTAŞ AND ORTAKÖY
THE BOSPHORUS AND BLACK SEA RESORTS
THE PRINCES ISLANDS
APARTMENTS
Eating
EATING
TRADITIONAL EATING PLACES
ESSENTIALS
AN AZ OF TURKISH CUISINE
TOP FIVE SOUTHEAST TURKISH CUISINE
TOP FIVE FISH RESTAURANTS
VEGETARIAN FOOD
RESTAURANTS
TOP FIVE DRINKS WITH A VIEW
ARENAS AND OPENAIR VENUES
TRADITIONAL TURKISH MUSIC
CABARET
The arts
THE ARTS
ESSENTIALS
THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS
İSTANBULS HENRI CARTIERBRESSON
GALLERIES AND EXHIBITION SPACES
CINEMA
ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL
Gay and lesbian İstanbul
GAY AND LESBIAN İSTANBUL
WEBSITES AND MEDIA
THE NATIONS FAVOURITE DIVA
Shopping
SHOPPING
ESSENTIALS
ANTIQUES AND BRICABRAC
CARPETS AND KILIMS
BOOKS
SUPERMARKETS AND CORNER SHOPS
HIGHSTREET DESIGNER AND ALTERNATIVE FASHION
BUDGET AND SECONDHAND FASHION
MARKETS
HANDICRAFTS AND GIFTS
TEXTILES AND FABRICS
LEATHER
MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
SHOPPING MALLS
Sports and activities
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
FOOTBALL
A SPOT OF BOTHER
SWIMMING POOLS AND GYMS
RUNNING
CYCLING
HAMAM PRACTICALITIES
Kids İstanbul
KIDS İSTANBUL
MUSEUMS ATTRACTIONS AND GALLERIES
PARKS
ACTIVITIES
DAYTRIPS
OUT OF THE CITY
İznik and Termal
İZNIK AND TERMAL
THE FIRST COUNCIL OF NICAEA A DEFINING MOMENT IN CHRISTIANITY
İZNIK TILES TODAY
IZNIK
EATING AND DRINKING
DIRECTORY
TERMAL
Bursa and Uludağ
BURSA AND ULUDAĞ
BURSA SILK AND THE COCOON AUCTION
MURADIYE
ÇEKIRGE
BURSA
GETTING AROUND
INFORMATION
EATING AND DRINKING
BURSA SPECIALITIES
SKIING ON ULUDAĞ
ULUDAĞ
Çanakkale Troy and Gallipoli
ÇANAKKALE TROY AND GALLIPOLI
ÇANAKKALE
GALLIPOLI AND TROY TOURS
INFORMATION
EATING
NIGHTLIFE
DIRECTORY
HEINRICH SCHLIEMANN
TROY
ANZAC DAY
ECEABAT
EATING AND DRINKING
Edirne
EDIRNE
OIL WRESTLING AND THE KIRKPINAR FESTIVAL
EDIRNE
EATING AND DRINKING
SHOPPING
Contexts
CONTEXTS
THE FIRST BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
CONSTANTINE AND CHRISTIANITY
ICONOCLASM
THE BYZANTINE LEGACY
İSTANBUL OR CONSTANTINOPLE?
INFIDELS IN THE EMPIRE
THE ARMENIAN QUESTION
FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE CITY
OTTOMAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
MUSIC
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
MUSIC ON TV
TURKISH CINEMA
TURKISH CINEMA DOMESTIC REALITY
BOOKS
BIOGRAPHIES
VIEWS OF CONTEMPORARY TURKEY
TRAVEL AND MEMOIRS
ARCHITECTURE AND ARTS
CRAFTS
FOREIGN LITERATURE SET IN TURKEY
POETRY
GLOSSARY
MAPS AND SMALL PRINT
MAPS
Publishing information
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Acknowledgements
Readers letters
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