Istanbul Pierre Loti Hill

People have great opportunities to have fabulous views in Istanbul. You obviously have the Bosphorous but I myself prefer the Golden Horn view. Its more historical, much more romantic and colourful.

Golden Horn which is a horn-shaped estuary divides European Istanbull, most visitors mistake it for the Bosphorous. For me its one of the best natural harbors in the world, it was once the centre for the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests. Today, attractive parks and promenades line the shores, a picturesque scene especially as the sun goes down over the water.

The café is located on the hill top of the Eyup district, where you can find wonderful examples of Ottoman architecture. Also Muslim pilgrims from all over the world visit Eyup Mosque and Tomb. Eyup Sultan was the Prophet Mohammed’s standard bearer, and it is one of the holiest places in Islam.

The area is a still a popular burial place, and the hills above the mosque are dotted with modern gravestones interspersed with ornate Ottoman stones. So before climbing to the hill or taking the cable you have a lot of attractions to visit. Its most of the time crowded and I bet you can get absolutely great photos. The Pierre Loti Cafe, atop the hill overlooking the shrine and the Golden Horn, is a wonderful place to enjoy the tranquility of the view and enjoy either Turkish Tea or coffee. This was one of the most favored locations of the famous writer and traveler Pierre Loti.