Best Photo Spots in Turkey

Istanbul

Sunset just outside of the old town in Istanbul with an old train station to the left and multiple mosques visible in the background as the sun sets. Scenic and peaceful in what can be a hectic city.

City of Istanbul

While Istanbul is known for many famous sights, I was drawn to capture some of the non-iconic sights found through the city. Aside from the items found in every travel guide, the city itself had textures, colors, and graffiti that I hadn’t seen before. The above image was a locked door…

Sultanahmet at Night

Sultanahmet, Fatih is the district in Istanbul where you can find many of its most iconic sights. Aside from the Blue Mosque, the famous Hagia Sophia can be seen here. Capturing the immense building is difficult but with large crowds, other photographers and street merchants in the way, the building…

Blue Mosque at Night

The Blue Mosque is a commonly photographed landmark in Istanbul but the site to me really comes alive at night when many of the crowds have dispersed to their hotels, hostels and homes. While sunset/sunrise will afford you incredible views of the building, I found many other photographers crowding the…

Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka The Blue Mosque for its unique blue tiles that line the inner walls and ceilings of the mosque) was built during the 1600s.  The massive mosque is visible from large distances and is an iconic place for tourists. The unique architecture has been the inspiration for…

Basilica Cistern

It is very easy to miss the cistern as the entrance is very unassuming. But it would be a great loss leaving Istanbul, without visiting the cistern. Build almost 1600 years ago, the massive underground cistern was used to store water for the city. The columns were brought in from…

Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia aka Aya Sofia is museum located in the old part of Istanbul. Its sits on the middle of the SultanAhmet Square, right across the SultanAhmet Mosque. This massive architecture has been standing strong for almost 1600 years. Earthquakes, wars and fires caused damages to it, but the excellent…

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of the most amazing hidden gems from the past centuries. The grounds are steeped in history and this is evident from the moment you step of the bus. Fairy chimneys are the first thing you will notice, remnants of the sites volcanic history. Humans have carved their…

Galata Tower

Galata Tower has been standing on a hill for almost nine centuries now. At 62.5m it may seem a little short to be called a tower, but it stands atop a steep hill and provides 360 degree views of Istanbul. The views are astounding, starting from Aya Sofi and the…

Stray Cats in Turkey

The cats in Istanbul when napping do not seem to mind a lens poking towards their face. While some of the male cats during spring were a bit feisty at times, most were calm and if you fed them some may rub against you for a quick cuddle.