Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Milion
Not exactly a destination but a point of interest as you walk past on your way to the Hagia Sophia, this broken column is a swift reminder of Constantinople's importance in the Roman Empire.
Whirling Dervishes
Undeniably uber-touristy, we nevertheless recommend that you give in to your urges to watch the Dervishes whirl away... 
Approach to the city by water
Approach Old Istanbul as visitors over the millenia would have done and feel the years roll away...
Hippodrome
Holding some of the most ancient artefacts in Istanbul, the HippodRome was once the scene of intense rivalry...
Underground Cistern
Not the most important of cultural attractions, the Underground Cistern nevertheless has a rather zen charm...
Belly Dancing
Head to (where else?) Beyoglu for belly-dancing shows. If they prove inspirational, there are plenty of clubbing venues nearby for you to try out some belly moves of your own on the dance floor.
Dolmabahçe Palace
The superbly self-important ornate baroque style of the Dolmabahçe Palace speaks of a building designed to impress...
Kiz Kulesi
An immensely popular landmark despite its lack of historical or architectural significance, the Maiden's Tower is located just off the Asian Shore on a rocky outcrop.
Galata Tower
This 14th-century tower was converted by the Ottomans into a prison with one hell of a view over the city...
City Walls
Walk the length of the wall from the Yedikule Fortress on the Sea of Marmara or the ruined Byzantine Blachernae palace on the Golden Horn.

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