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Istanbul by night

on 17/07/2014

Golden Horn

      During the summer months nothing is more agreeable than discovering Istanbul in the sweet coolness of the evening.

Many monuments of the city are illuminated at night and offer a magical view.

Mosques, such as the Süleymaniye, the Dolmabahçe, the Ortaköy and the Blue Mosque, all have a particular charm between dusk and dawn.

The famous palaces situated along the Bosphorus, such as Dolmabahçe, Beylerbeyi, Çiragan and Küçüksu, look even more mysterious during the hours of darkness.

The two fortresses Rumeli and Anadolu Hisari have a peculiar atmosphere when bathed in light.

It is always a pleasure to admire the two Bosphorus bridges when they are lit in different colours.

The emblematic Galata Tower and the Maiden’s Tower are also among the monuments that are worth seeing at night.

One of the best ways to appreciate Istanbul’s nocturnal magic to its full extent is to go on a Bosphorus cruise. Many boats offer this service. Whether you are looking for a short or a long itinerary, a cruise with or without dinner on a public or a private boat you will most certainly find one that suits your budget.

Many hotels and restaurants (particularly in Beyoglu) have terraces that offer magnificent views of the city.

If you are on a restricted budget a stroll on the Galata bridge or crossing the Bosphorus on a public steam boat are also a pleasant option.

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