A World Winder exclusive by Guest Blogger Nick Gonzales–This is a Photo Friday supplemental feature. To read Nick’s entire post and historian’s Guide to Istanbul, follow the highlighted link in this sentence.
Istanbul has entered the international scene as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Rightfully so, it truly is an amazing city: The people are warm and friendly. The food is amazing. The architecture and scenery-unparalleled.
However, what makes Istanbul truly fascinating to the history teacher in me is its colorful and rich past. The Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and Galata Tower are a few of the more restored monuments that are favorites among tourists and give a glimpse into Istanbul’s Ottoman and Byzantine backgrounds. Every effort should be made to visit them if you plan to visit the city. Many websites in English can give you detailed explanations about them as well as information on Istanbul’s tours.
However, there are also incredibly old and historically significant ruins that dot the city, which are barely marked or are unmarked. Hundreds in fact. You’ll find them if you walk or ride around the city long enough. Though many might be falling apart or may have been replaced with other monuments, they still pack a centuries-old wallop of the ancients. If you want restored presentable beauty, you should definitely visit the museums and popular tourist landmarks of Istanbul.
If you’re willing to use your imagination and feel like hunting history down on your own terms, go on my “Historian’s Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour of Istanbul.” The tour starts from the Sirkice train station in Sirkice.
Nick Gonzales is a world history teacher, E.S.O.L adjunct professor, and curious traveller. He currently resides in Massachusetts and has lived in California, New York, Turkey, and Japan. You can contact him at email@example.com. He strongly recommends visiting Byzantium 1200 for viewing historical depictions of the monuments and sights on his Historian’s Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour of Istanbul.