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  • 51. University

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul, as a city with over 13 million people, has a number of universities spread over the two sides of the Bosporus. While there were schools of higher learning in Byzantine Constantinople, the...

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  • 52. Nuruosmaniye Camii Mosque

    This historical place, called as the Nuruosmaniye Complex, doesn’t have the traces of the Ottoman Architecture due to its construction. Though, the effects of the Western Architecture can be seen...

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  • 53. Sehzade Mehmet Mosque - Prince's Mosque

    "Sehzade Mosque" is one of the most notable mosques of "Sinan", attributed to be the first major large scale work after he had been appointed as the "chief architect". The date that the construction...

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  • 54. Eyup District

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    After visiting such districts as Beyoglu you have an impression that Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city. Well, it is, but not in Eyup. So if you want to see its more consrvative face, visit Eyup. Eyup is...

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  • 55. 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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  • 56. 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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  • 57. 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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  • 58. Fatih Camii - Conquerors' Mosque

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    "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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  • 59. Kilic Ali Pasa Camii Mosque

    Being part od a complex that includes a school, Tophane fountain, a tomb and a hamman, tradition says that this mosque was built in a space recovered from the sea by the most famous Ottoman architect,...

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  • 60. Cemberlitas Column - Burnt Column

    The Column of Constantine (Cemberlitas) is a Roman monumental column constructed on the orders of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in 330 AD. It commemorates the declaration of Byzantium...

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  • 61. 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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  • 62. 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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  • 63. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque - Kucuk Ayasofya Camii

    Adjacent to the mosque, the yard with the usual fountain deserves a visit. Well gardened, it is a succession of small shops with all kind of arts and crafts. Maybe too pricey to shop, it is very...

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  • 64. 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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  • 65. Dolmabahce Mosque

    Separated from the palace but integrated in the whole, this mosque was built together with the palace, in the 19 Th century. Used by the sultan, it has some rich ornaments, including Baroque...

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  • 66. 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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  • 67. Besiktas District

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    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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  • 68. Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

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    Edirnekapı Mihrimah Sultan Complex was built by the order of Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of one of the most famous Ottoman Emperor Süleyman the Magnificent. The complex is located on Fevzi Pasa...

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  • 69. 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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  • 70. Camlica Hill

    Camlica Hill is located at Mount Bulgurlu, a few kilometers east of Uskudar (on the asian side of Istanbul). It is split into two hills, Küçük Çamlica (Little Pine Hill) and Büyük Çamlica (Big Pine...

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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. Shopping Centres - Malls

    This is a Disneyland style amusement park in Istanbul with a large shopping mall in Eyüp district. There are public buses from Eminonu area and also service buses from Taksim. A very interesting place...

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  • 73. 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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  • 74. Ortakoy District

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    Ortakoy is a interesting, chic neighbourhood on the northern European side of Istanbul. It is north of Dolmabahce and just south of the Bogazici Koprusu (Bosphorus Bridge). Right on the waterfront of...

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  • 75. 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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