Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

×
Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul

183

Published on

Disabled access in Istanbul is the result of the long history of the city, the topography, and the current building codes. People have been living in this location for over 2500 years, and many …

Disabled access in Istanbul is the result of the long history of the city, the topography, and the current building codes. People have been living in this location for over 2500 years, and many streets and buildings date back several centuries long before there were building codes for disabled access in Istanbul.

Published in: Travel
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
183
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
2
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Wheelchair Accessible Review to Istanbul www.sagetraveling.com/Disabled-Access-in-Istanbul
  • 2. www.sagetraveling.com Disabled access in Istanbul is the result of the long history of the city, the topography, and the current building codes. People have been living in this location for over 2500 years, and many streets and buildings date back several centuries long before there were building codes for disabled access in Istanbul.
  • 3. www.sagetraveling.com Istanbul Sage Accessibility Rating Cobblestone smoothness 2 Cobblestone abundance 3 Flatness (lack of hills) 2 Proximity of sights to each other 2 Accessible Public Transportation 3 English Spoken 3 Overall Accessibility 2 Quality of sights/town 5 Quantity of sights 3 View Rating Explanation
  • 4. www.sagetraveling.com Istanbul Disabled Access – Best Aspects • There is an inexpensive tram line (shown in the image on the right) that runs through the Old Town that can be beneficial to disabled tourists. • The tram goes up some hills that wheelchair tourists will not have to push up. • It runs near the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Grand Bazaar Accessible tram runs though center of town
  • 5. www.sagetraveling.com • Istanbul is truly an underappreciated destination for many tourists from western countries. • Many people visit Europe by traveling to the big cities in the west (London, Paris, Rome, Venice) without taking the time to head east to Istanbul. • Istanbul has just as much history as Rome and provides one of the easiest ways to visit a Muslim country. An unspoiled gem
  • 6. www.sagetraveling.com • Most wheelchair tourists will have little problems visiting the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. • A wheelchair ramp is located at an entrance on the northwest side of the Blue Mosque. • Because the carpet inside is hand-woven and decades old, wheelchair users will have to transfer out of their own wheelchair and into a wheelchair that the staff provides. • The nearby Hagia Sophia has wheelchair ramps at the entrance (shown in the images below) although there are a couple of single steps to navigate. The two most famous tourist attractions are moderately accessible
  • 7. www.sagetraveling.com • The most popular attractions in Istanbul (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace) are within walking/rolling distance of each other. • There are wheelchair accessible routes between them. Proximity of the big attractions
  • 8. www.sagetraveling.com • Istanbul has been an important city for centuries. • Consequently, there is an enormous amount of sights to see and things to do in Istanbul. • Disabled tourists will be able to visit numerous museums, mosques, and palaces set in a beautiful city. • There is easily a week worth of accessible sites to visit in Istanbul, and disabled visitors can see it all without having to switch hotels. 2600 years of history
  • 9. www.sagetraveling.com Istanbul Disabled Access – Most Challenging Aspects • The strategic location of Istanbul (and consequently its historical importance) is partially due to the defensive advantages its hills have provided over the centuries. • The cliffs between the Topkapi Palace and the Bosporus are the most noticeably example of the steep terrain. Istanbul hills
  • 10. www.sagetraveling.com Istanbul Disabled Access – Most Challenging Aspects • Hills are also found throughout the Old Town near the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar (one of the hills in the back of the Topkapi Palace is shown below. John needs to be in a wheelie to prevent catching a front wheel on one of the cobblestones). • Taksim Square in the New District is located on top of another large hill. Istanbul hills
  • 11. www.sagetraveling.com • Turkey presents one of the more unique challenges for disabled tourists in Europe. • Some of the public toilets are not what most tourists would consider toilets at all. • They are just holes in the ground that people can squat over. • There are two spots for people to position their feet and there is nothing at all to sit on (shown in the photo on the right). Completely inaccessible toilets
  • 12. www.sagetraveling.com • Accessible metro stations are few, accessible buses are hard to find, and the funicular is not accessible. • Overall, getting around Istanbul with a disability is challenging without using a wheelchair accessible taxi. Few accessible public transportation options
  • 13. www.sagetraveling.com • Although many of the tram stations are accessible, the trams tend to be completely packed with people many times of the day. • Often there is no room to fit even one more person standing, much less someone sitting in a wheelchair. Crowded tram
  • 14. www.sagetraveling.com • The oldest part of the city, as expected, has some very old cobblestones that have been weathered over the years. • Cobblestones are found near Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. • The most severe cobblestones are near the Grand Bazaar. • Disabled access in Istanbul Old Town can be challenging, and wheelchair users may need assistance in this part of town. Severe cobblestones in parts of the Old Town
  • 15. www.sagetraveling.com • While accessibility in Turkey is improving, it generally lags behind western European countries. • The lack of a national, comprehensive, and strongly-enforced system of accessibility standards can cause disabled visitors to encounter some surprises on their trip. • Many individual business owners do their best to make their building accessible, but some are a little short of western accessibility standards as illustrated by the hotel ramp shown in the picture below. Poor national accessibility standards
  • 16. www.sagetraveling.com • The floor of the Blue Mosque is covered in an immaculate 100 year old carpet (shown in the picture below on the left). • As in all mosques, visitors must take off their shoes. • Wheelchair users at the Istanbul Blue Mosque need to transfer to a manual wheelchair that the staff provides so as not to track any dirt onto the carpet (shown in the picture below on the right). Need to transfer out of wheelchair at Blue Mosque
  • 17. Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality! Contact us at info@sagetraveling.com www.sagetraveling.com/Disabled-Access-in-Istanbul

×