Istanbul Things to Do

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  • 1. Topkapi Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Topkapi was the first Ottoman palace to be built, from 1466 to 1478, in the newly conquered capital of the Empire by Mehmet II. For about 400 years, until the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace,...

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  • 2. Agia Sophia - Ayasofya

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    Ayia Sofya is the forth biggest Cathedral in the world with its 56m high dome. Once a church, that became a Mosque, and now a Museum: This is one of the most extraordinary building in the history of...

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  • 3. Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the most popular tourists sights and when visiting Istanbul a "must see". Give yourself time, minimum one hour, most people stay much longer. Expect to wait for entry, I recommend you visit...

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  • 4. Grand Bazaar

    4 out of 5 stars

    You will either love the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) or not. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit the Grand Bazaar. However, by the end of my trip to Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar would...

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  • 5. Bosphorus River

    Our Bosphorus cruise was one of the highlights of our visit to Istanbul. We used the public ferry - IDO. We visited Istanbul while the ferry was running on its winter schedule so there were two...

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  • 6. Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray

    The Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern) is an ancient underground waterway that is considered Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attraction. Although it was created in the 4th century, it was expanded...

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  • 7. Princes Islands

    If you are not pressed for time during you stay in Istanbul, I would definitely advise you to go to the Princes' Islands on a day trip. It's a group of islands on the Marmara Sea and getting there is...

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  • 8. Dolmabahce Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dolmabahçe was built in neo-baroque style, between 1843 and 856, by Karabet Balyanthe, the architect of Sultan Abdulmecit. It has 3 floors including the basement with a symmetric design, with 285...

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  • 9. Galata Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Going to the top of the Galata Tower was one of my favorite things to do in Istanbul because the panoramic views from the top were great! I loved the greens, pinks, and tans of the surrounding...

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  • 10. Istiklal Caddesi

    What is the centre of Istanbul? Most foreign visitors would say that it's Sultanahmet - the historic part of the city. Most Turks would point at Beyoglu, and especially Istiklal Caddesi. My Turkish...

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  • 11. Süleymaniye Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Suleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul and is the "largest mosque" in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The Süleymaniye...

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  • 12. Egyptian (Spice) Market

    At the south end of the Galata Bridge, next to the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) is the main entrance to the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar or Misir Carsisi. The bazaar is one of the oldest...

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  • 13. Taksim Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Independence Monument (Istiklal Aniti) in the circle at the southern end of the square commemorates the Turkish Republic's founder, Kemal Atatürk, in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief...

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  • 14. Galata Bridge

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Galata Bridge spans the mouth of the Golden Horn and joins the Asian side (Eminou) of Istanbul to the European side (Galata). The previous bridge was a pontoon bridge which probably had alot more...

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  • 15. Hammams

    Cagaloglu Hamami Sultan Mahmut I had this hamam built in 1714 (an area of 2834 sq.mt ) and it has separate sections for men and women.It is open everyday.hours for men are 07:00 - 22:00 and for women...

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  • 16. Byzantine Hippodrome

    It's interesting to know that... once... there was a byzantine hippodrome in that place. Nowadays we have a modern garden, with a few old columns: an obelisk brought from Egypt, a spiral column from...

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  • 17. Bosphorus Bridge

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    "Istanbul" is the only city on the planet which combines the two continents "Europe" and "Asia" with a bridge ... Actually they are two bridges, the first one build and opened to service is the...

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  • 18. Sultan Ahmed Area

    Sultanahmet Park is located just in the middle area of the most famous historic places of Old City in Istanbul ... On one side is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, on the other side the Hagia Sophia, and just...

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  • 19. Archeology Museum

    The exhibits displayed in the Archeological Museum belong to the most important in the world, although the collection was started only in the second half of the 19th century. The museum complex...

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  • 20. Chora Church Museum - Kariye

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chora Church is a beautiful Byzantine basilica with the best preserved mosaics and frescoes in Istanbul. Today the church is a museum known as Kariye Muzesi. Chora (Kariye) means "outside the city...

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  • 21. Whirling Dervishes

    Unfortunately I was not allowed to shoot photos inside the Museum House in order not to harm the ancient objects interior, but its a very worth museum to visit, with the explanations of old Dervish...

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  • 22. Miniaturk

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located on the north-eastern shore of the Golden Horn is Miniaturk miniature park. At 650,000 square feet, it is said to be the world's largest miniature park. There are 105 models of various...

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  • 23. Anadolu Kavagi

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    The ruins of a small fortress built by Sultan Beyazit during the 1390's. Located on the opposite side of the Bosphorus to The Fortress of Europe. The small fortress stood on a hilltop overlooking the...

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  • 24. Maiden Tower

    The Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi), also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the...

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  • 25. Yeni Cami - New Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Yeni Camii (New Mosque) was designed by the architect Da'ud Aga, a pupil of the great architect Sinan. It was started in 1597 by Safiye, the mother of Mehmet III. Building was suspended when...

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