Istanbul Things to Do

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  • 1. Topkapi Palace

    For me, the highlight of the entire palace complex was the Harem. The harem is a maze of exquisite rooms where the sultan’s wives, concubines, and even his mother, lived. The entire harem consists of...

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  • 2. Agia Sophia - Ayasofya

    We left the Blue Mosque and walked through the beautiful gardens to Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya. Before entering through the Imperial Gate, you come upon the Byzantine Frieze of sheep from AD 415 (stop and...

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  • 3. Grand Bazaar

    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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  • 4. Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet

    What can be said about the Blue Mosque that hasn't already been said? For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see it. It is as synonymous to Istanbul as the Grand Bazaar. It is what the Eiffel...

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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. Dolmabahce Palace

    I love really ornate palaces and Dolmabahce (which means filled-in garden) did not disappoint! Sultan Abdul Mecit had the palace built in 1853. With an unlimited budget, architect Balian set out to...

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  • 8. Galata Tower

    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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  • 9. 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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  • 10. Princes Islands

    There are several options to reach the islands from the main city ... Each day regular ships and ferries run on scheduled basis, also boats carry passengers from "Bostanci" and " Eminonu" ports to...

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  • 11. Süleymaniye Mosque

    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

    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. 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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  • 15. Galata Bridge

    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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  • 16. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. Miniaturk

    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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. Bosphorus Bridge

    "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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  • 22. Anadolu Kavagi

    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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  • 23. Chora Church Museum - Kariye

    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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  • 24. Yeni Cami - New Mosque

    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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  • 25. Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum

    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is a very interesting museum located near the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul's Sultanahmet neighborhood. Located in the 16th century palace of...

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