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  • 51. Walking

    You can munch on some warm roasted chestnuts, simit or drink sweet flavored milk and walk around the old city drinking in the sights around. There are some benches near the Hippodrome area and near...

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  • 52. German Fountain - Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kaiser Wilhelm’s fountain is a one spot of former Byzantine hippodrome area that is more or less westernized, European style. Fountain appeared in 1901 as a present from Prussian emperor Wilhelm for...

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  • 53. Flower Passage - Cicek Pasaji

    "Cicek Pasaji" is located on the famous Istiklal Street at the Galatasaray district and is one of the well visited spots of the city by locals and tourists. It is originally called the Cité de Péra...

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  • 54. Kadikoy District

    Hello! I am coming tomorrow to istanbul and i am trying to find the easiest way to go to Tuzla. I read somewhere that i can take the bus from ataturk airport to Bakirkoi sea bus station thes with sea...

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  • 55. Besiktas District

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Beşiktaş is pronounced Beshiktash. It is an area on the European shores of the Bosphorus. Its name literally means Beşik = cradle, taş = stone, so Beşiktaş = cradle...

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  • 56. Beyazit District

    4 out of 5 stars

    "Beyazit State Library" in Istanbul is the first Ottoman state library, opened in 1884 and intended to be a national library. Beyazıt Library is one of the largest libraries in Istanbul, its...

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  • 57. Ortakoy Mosque - Buyuk Mecidiye Camii

    During our 3 hour cruise along the Bosphorus we passed many outstanding historic buildings including the Ortakoy Mosque. On the outward journey the ferry was close to the Asia side of the Bosphorus...

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  • 58. Local Life

    Some typical yards inside walls are used to display art and crafts, using the beauty of the scenery to promote the works. These cosy places bet in quality and design, far from the "chinawork" that...

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  • 59. Cemberlitas Hamam

    Zohara took off with our friend, her sister and mom to enjoy a "warm" welcome in this traditional Hammam. Zohara described her day at the bath and says that is is something any person would enjoy....

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  • 60. Tomb of Sultan Mahmut II

    During your walks around Istanbul, you will likely come across many cemeteries/mausoleums. Do stop and take a look - most fascinating are the tombstones. This particular mausoleum - the tomb of...

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  • 61. Local Food

    They have a cart, they have a costume and they have a rather cool repertoire of funky moves and tricks to carry out at you, on you and for you as they serve you what is ultimately thick ice cream in a...

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  • 62. Belly Dancing

    When in Turkey, one should go see the belly dancers. Pictures don't do justice to the expertise and talent these women have. There was nothing great about the dinner itself, but the show was...

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  • 63. Rahmi M. Koc Museum

    The Rahmi M. Koc Museum is such a fantastic museum. We passed by on the way to Miniaturk and saw planes, trains, etc. outside. We decided to stop on the way back to see what this place was and were...

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  • 64. Beyazit Mosque

    Sultan Beyzayid II Mosque stands a good 10-15 minute tramway ride from Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia/Sultanahmet complex, next to the Grand Bazaar and Istanbul University. It is a remnant of the...

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  • 65. Twisted Column - Serpent Column

    Column was originally from Ancient Greece (478 BC), a structure to commemorate Greek victory against Persians. Few hundred years later (in 330) Constantine the Great bought it and placed in its...

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  • 66. Beylerbeyi Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Beylerbeyi, where the Asian pillar of the Bosphorus Bridge sits, is a pleasant district that has been reserved for palaces since the Byzantine era. Beylerbeyi Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid...

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  • 67. Fountain of Sultan Ahmed III

    This fountain in Turkish rococo is located in the square facing the Imperial Gate of Topkapý Palace. It was built in 1728. It was a social centre and gathering place during the Ottoman period of...

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  • 68. Yedikule Fortress - Golden Gate

    A perfect park with large tulip display ... Its mentioned as "Soganli Bitkiler Park" and also as "International Peace Garden". According to the guard there, the park has three names.Despite its...

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  • 69. Milion Stone

    Million pillar nowadays truly is nothing special, but to feel the essence you need to know the history of it. Actually in Byzantine Empire there was a Triumphal Arch (built in 4th century), now just...

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  • 70. Fatih Camii - Conquerors' Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    "The Fatih Mosque" is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It was one of the largest examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Istanbul and represented an important...

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  • 71. Yildiz Palace Museum

    The Sale Pavilion is a part of the Yildiz Sarayi (palace) complex dating to the mid-19th century. The complex is now in three distinct parts, the "Yildiz Palace" with the main palace grounds, the Sale...

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  • 72. St Stephen of the Bulgars Church

    The Church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars is a lovely church that sits in pretty park on the edge of the Golden Horn. What is so amazing about this church is that even though it looks like its made of...

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  • 73. Great Palace Mosaic Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    I probably wouldn't have thought to visit this museum except that it was on the Museum Pass and it was very close to everything else we were visiting. I happen to like mosaics a lot so I thought this...

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  • 74. Daytrip - Buyukada Island

    Even if you are visiting Istanbul for a short time, don't forget a day trip to Buyukada, a wonderful island (the largest of the Princes Islands) where no cars or motor vehicles are allowed - although...

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  • 75. Balloon Trips

    Doesn't move over the Bosphorus, just goes up 200m at most and back down again but gives you a great panorama over the whole area, especially the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi palace. As their...

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