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The many faces of Istanbul: rent-a-car

The many faces of Istanbul: rent-a-car

10.06.2016
Using rent-a-car service makes it very handy to explore the European and Asian parts of Istanbul.

Using rent-a-car service makes it very handy to explore the European and Asian parts of Istanbul. You’ll get plenty of long lasting impressions.

Features of Turkish rent

Rent a car in Turkey is quite a routine. But choosing a car in Istanbul keep in mind the terrain features. A car with automatic transmission is not worth taking - too many ascents and descents.Pay attention - diesel fuel prices are significantly lower than those of gasoline.

The many faces of Istanbul: rent-a-car

Turkish traffic rules are quite similar to Russian:

  • Close speed limits: 50 km/h within urban areas, 90 outside urban areas and 120 on the highways.
  • Children under 12 years old and lower than 150 cm are carried on the rear seats, child safety seats are not provided.
  • The driver and all passengers must use seat belts.
The many faces of Istanbul: rent-a-car

The number of low-abiding drivers and pedestrians leaves much to be desired.Turn signals are used "optionally"; pedestrians don't seem to pay much attention to the traffic lights.They may drive with no headlights at night; be prepared to meet other surprises as well.

The many faces of Istanbul

The largest city, capital of Turkey up to 1923 lays on both sides of the Strait Bosporus -European and Asian. The bridges joining the shores are a landmark of the ancient city.

The many faces of Istanbul: rent-a-car

The first one, called the Bosporus, opened in 1973 (almost coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Republic Ataturk founded in 1922).Banning passage of pedestrians on the bridge stopped the epidemic of suicides.

The second Bosphorus Bridge, officially called the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge or else Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror Bridge.It is also closed for pedestrians.

Istanbul Grand Bazaar – the world-largest market is famous not so much for merchandise, as for its architecture. In particular, it houses the miniature park of major Turkish attractions-Miniatûrk. It takes several hours just to walk it around.

The main historical attraction is the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine period.

The grandiose Blue Mosque was built by the sultans during the struggle for supremacy among Muslims. This building having six minarets made build the7th minaret at the mosque in Mecca to keep the leadership.

The ruins of imperial palaces remind of Early Byzantine period -in fact the city called Byzantium and Constantinople, used to be a capital of the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire.

The ancient Valens Aqueduct and the underground reservoir(Basilica cistern) look very impressive; as well as the ancient mythical bas-reliefs creatures, including the Gorgon Medusa.

Indeed, Istanbul leaves you full of impressions.However, it's time to return the car to go to the airport.

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