Istanbul Ili Things to Do

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Istanbul Ili Things to Do

  • Topkapi Palace

    Istanbul Things to Do

    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 400 halls, terraces, rooms, wings, and apartments that are grouped around the sultan’s private residence. Only about 40 have been restored and opened...

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  • Agia Sophia - Ayasofya

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    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 take a peek!). And once through the doors, you are struck by the sheer enormity of the mosque. Then you realize how cold(!) and dark it is inside....

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  • Grand Bazaar

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    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 not even rank in my top ten Istanbul favorites. Of course, it is still a must see. Everyone knows the stats: one of the world's largest and oldest...

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  • Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet

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    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 Tower is to Paris, the Statue of Liberty is to New York, the Taj Mahal is to India. It is one of the most famous and most recognizable buildings in...

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  • Bosphorus River

    Istanbul Things to Do

    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 departures - 10:35 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. If you plan to disembark at any of the stops I recommend taking the early ferry. If you just want to do the cruise...

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  • Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray

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    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 in the 6th century to satisfy the needs of the Great Palace. The 336 marble columns are 26 feet high. The cistern is 210 feet wide and 420 feet long....

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  • Dolmabahce Palace

    Istanbul Things to Do

    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 create a palace greater than any other palace in the world. The result is a mix of architectural styles: Hindu, Turksih, and European. Inside are...

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  • Galata Tower

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    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 buildings, the views of the mosques, the ships and ferries sailing the Bosphorus, the bridges, as well as the views of Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the...

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  • Istiklal Caddesi

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    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 friend says that this street has a special energy that attracts locals and visitors alike. It must be true because it's estimated that over the weekend...

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  • Princes Islands

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    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 islands ... Some locals live on main city but also own a second house on islands as so called "summer house" for family and kids, so they also have...

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  • Süleymaniye Mosque

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    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 Mosque, built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of...

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  • Egyptian (Spice) Market

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    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 in Istanbul and the second largest covered bazaar in the city. It was originally built (17th century) to generate rental income for the upkeep of the...

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  • Taksim Square

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    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 and as statesman. The open space to the north was once a reservoir. Facing the square at its northern end is the Atatürk Cultural Center.At the back...

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  • Whirling Dervishes

    Istanbul Things to Do

    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 history and concerning subjects ... It has a great and quiet large garden area, with several tombs of previous religious Sheiks and their...

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  • Galata Bridge

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    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 charm than the current bridge. The Galata Bridge is a bascule (moveable) bridge. Built in 1992, the new bridge is 490m long. The deck of the bridge is...

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  • Hammams

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    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 08:00 - 20:00 hours. Discount is applied to groups of at least 10 people.... Prof. Kazim Ismail Gürkan Caddesi 34, Cagaloglu (Across from the Iranian...

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  • Miniaturk

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    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 structures. The models are done in 1/25th scale. If you visit after a few days of sightseeing in Istanbul, you will recognize many of the 45 models from...

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  • Byzantine Hippodrome

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    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 Delphi, and the biggest and ugliest one that, it seems, was originally covered with bronze. It occupies the area adjacent to Saint Sophie and Blue...

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  • Sultan Ahmed Area

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    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 minutes walk away the Topkapı Palace. Its a great park with fountains, flowers, tulips and perfect green grass nature, which is crowded all the...

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  • Archeology Museum

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    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 consists of three buildings: the Museum of Ancient Orient, the Archeological Museum and the Tiled Pavillion. In the Museum of Ancient Orient we can see...

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  • 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 "Bosphorus Bridge" which has "legs" on "Ortakoy" on European Side and on "Beylerbeyi" on Asian Side. The second one is the "Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge"...

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  • Anadolu Kavagi

    Istanbul Things to Do

    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 Bosphorus. Our photo was from the Bosphorus ferry.

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  • Chora Church Museum - Kariye

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    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 walls", which refers to the location of the first church on this site. Although next churches built here were no longer located outside the city walls,...

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  • Yeni Cami - New Mosque

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    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 Safiye lost her position after the death of her son. It was finally completed in 1663 when Mehmet IV's mother Turhan Haddice took over the project. The...

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  • Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum

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    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 Ibrahim Pasa, Museum houses an excellent collection of decorative items, most of which are from the Selcuk and Ottomon Turkish empires. Highlights include...

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  • Bosphorus Cruise

    Istanbul Things to Do

    Anadolu Kavagi is a little village on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, not far from the Black Sea. It is the last stop on the Full Bosphorus Cruise from Istanbul. The first thing we did after coming ashore was heading for the ruins of Yoros Castle up the hill. The walk is quite steep but it takes only about 25 minutes and soon you are rewarded with...

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  • Gulhane Park

    Istanbul Things to Do

    I like the atmosphere of "Gulhane Park" .... Just after several steps from the main gate, suddenly the rush and the noise of the city is over and u r away from all the hassle .... Considering that Istanbul is about 16 million populated mega city, this park is like a heaven for the locals and also for the tourists aiming fresh air and superb nature...

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  • Maiden Tower

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    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 Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul. There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location....

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  • Theodosian City Wall

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    Built in the 5th century during the reign of Theodosius II, the walls of Constantinople ran a little over 6 km from the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn. The best remaining sections of the walls are to be found on the northern end from the Golden Horn to the Edirne Gate/Edirinekapý. In some areas you can climb up to the top of the walls though you...

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  • Beyoglu

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    The old district of Pera gave place to the modern Beyoglu, with the inevitable Istiklal Caddesi, dominating the area. However, a few signs of the classical quarter do remain, showing the Ottoman architecture.

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  • Roman Aqueduct

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    Altough the exact date of its construction has been lost in history, the Valens Aqueduct, also known as the Hadrianus Aqueduct, is a legacy of the Late Roman and Early Byzantine era. Over the centuries, the structure fell into disrepair and eventually to ruins, until the conquest of the city, when it was restored in order to deploy its original...

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  • Rustem Pasa Camii

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    The Rustem Pasa Mosque was high on my list of places to see in Istanbul and although not one of the largest mosques we saw in Istanbul, was definitely one of the nicest. After a couple of days of wandering the surrounding area, we finally stumbled onto this mosque. The entrance is located on a narrow street above the shops around the Spice Bazaar....

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  • Eyup Sultan

    Istanbul Things to Do

    Who was Pierre Loti? He was a French naval officer and writer, but above all he was a Turkophile. During his visit to istanbul in 1876, he fell in love with Aziyade, a married Turkish woman. Aziyade used to sneak out of her husband's house to spend precious moments in the arms of her foreign lover. There was no happy end, though. Loti went back to...

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  • Rumeli Hisari

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    We enjoyed the sight of this imposing fortress from our Bosphorous cruise ferry. Imagine 600 years ago how intimidating it would look to any enemy sailing into the Bosphorous. It is possible to visit the fortress, however we were limited to the view from water level.

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  • Pierre Loti Café

    Istanbul Things to Do

    "The Pierre Loti Hill" has an incredible view of "Golden Horn and Eyüp" ... Here you can watch my "HD Video" of "Pierre Loti Hill" ... : Video The name "Pierre Loti" comes from the French writer and naval, traveller Pierre Loti( Louis Marie Julien Viaud ), who came to Istanbul in 1876 and often came to Pierre Loti hill. Pierre Loti was a...

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  • Ortakoy Mosque

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    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 and not long into the cruise we passed the Ortakoy Mosque which is perched upon a promotory over the Bosphorus. The neo-baroque style mosque was built...

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  • Bebek

    Istanbul Things to Do

    Bebek is a historic Istanbul neighbourhood that falls within the boundaries and administration of the Besiktas district. It is located on the European shores of the Bosphorus and is surrounded by similarly affluent neighbourhoods such as Arnavutkoy, Etiler and Rumeli Hisarı. The direct translation of the word "Bebek" from Turkish is "baby",...

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  • Golden Horn

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    Perfect spot in Istanbul where u can see the whole Golden Horn area connecting both parts of Istanbul and be able to shoot amazing photos .... :) There are several cafes and restaurants with a view which shouldnt be missed .. The area is called Pierre Loti and easy to be reached by taxi or by a funicular from the sea level up to the hill. The...

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  • Kadikoy

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    What a great place! We skipped Kadikoy (village of the judge) the first 2 times we visited Istanbul but after the 3rd visit is always on our list and we always take the boat from European side to Asian side to walk, relax and eat at this district. It was called Chalcedon in ancient times when Greeks from Megara came in the area in 685BC, 18 years...

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  • Yedikule - The Golden Gate

    Istanbul Things to Do

    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 presence in a corner created by fast-moving roads, the park is gorgeous. The location is prime: it lies along the old city walls and across the way from...

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  • Constantine Column

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    Built in the year 330 AD this column has outlasted the various conquests of Istanbul and as it stands today at 35 metres (115ft) it is a good landmark for tourists travelling by light rail to visit the Grand Bazaar. It is here that you leave the light rail and take the short walk to the Grand Bazaar. The column was constructed on the orders of the...

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  • Rahmi M Koc Museum

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    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 so glad we did. What a surprise this museum was. It's all about the history of technology including transportation, industry, and communications. There...

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  • Sehzade Camii - Conquers Mosque

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    "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 of the mosque was started, is somewhat ambigious. Yet, the mosque is known to be built in the name of Sehzade Mehmet, son of Suleyman, who had...

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  • Kilic Ali Pasa Camii Mosque

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    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, Sinan, in 1581, by request of admiral Kiliç Ali Pasha, who occupies the tomb.

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  • Naval Museum

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    The "Naval Museum" in Istanbul was closed down for about one year for renovation and for the addition of new ancient items and nowadays its in operation again with the new Gallery of many Ottoman Time boats, flags and concerning items .... Its located at Besiktas, very easy reachable area with sea lines, public buses, even walking distance to...

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