Istanbul Ili Things to Do

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Istanbul Ili Things to Do

  • Topkapi Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The long lines to enter the palace are only beaten by the even longer lines to enter the harem. Of course everybody dreams with that visit, and no one gets disappointed. The palace is fabulous, and the rich collection in display increases its appeal. To compose the perfect ensemble, the sights provided by its splendid locations are gorgeous....

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  • Hagia Sophia - Ayasofya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    What a lot of history lives in those walls! Most of the best and worst of human story is documented in this church. Several times built and destroyed, the final building, expected to be (and maybe it was) the biggest and most beautiful church in the world, was built in the 6th century. But story kept flowing over it. Eight centuries later, the...

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  • Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Built in 1609 this harmonious mosque composes with its neighbour Saint Sophie a marvelous complex. Presenting six thin minarets (usually four) and a delicate construction it's the inside that gives reason the common name of Blue mosque. Watch your dressing or you will end passing a new model of skirts, as we did.

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  • Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi

    4 out of 5 stars

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    I bough gold in istanbul but when i returned home i found out it was fake. There are many gold shops in istanbul bazaar but it's all fake gold. Unfortunately most tourists aren't aware of this and always pay a too high price. If you want to buy real gold, go to a place where turkish people themself go, and not to a place where tourist go. Go with...

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  • Galata Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The Galata Tower is the cylindrical tower with the pointed roof that juts out of the Galata skyline on the Karaköy side of the Golden Horn. Historically the Galata area was populated by the Venetians and then by the Genoese. Therefore, it was a Catholic area surrounded by an Eastern Orthodox city, and later a Catholic area surrounded by a Muslim...

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  • Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray

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    This sight is also in the Sultan Ahmet area. For some reason many tourists don't visit the Yerebatan Saray. Perhaps they have not heard of it, don't notice it or think it won't be all that interesting. Personally I rather liked it. It's certainly something different. Yerebatan Saray means underground palace. It is a huge underground cistern. It...

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  • Dolmabahce Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

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    In my first visit we didn't visit Dolmabahce palace - three days in Istanbul gives only time to start. But the vision we had from the river made us feel sorrow, for being forced to skip it. It stayed in the agenda! In my second trip to Istanbul I DID, of course, visit Dolmabahce, and there are several new tips in my pages about it.

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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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  • Taksim Square

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    There are cheats who advertise on Rentmen agree on a price come to your hotel & demand 10 times more money. They are not scared of hotel management or Police. Burkcan_Turkish is one such guy who is a BIG CHEAT!

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  • Daytrip - Princes' Islands

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    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 no problem. You can take a ferry from Kabatas - a place easily accessible by public transport. The ferry ticket costs 5 TL and after an hour you find...

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  • Süleymaniye Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • Galata Bridge

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The old Galata Bridge stretched across the Golden Horn, linking Eminonu with Karakoy. It was destroyed by a fire in 1992 and was replaced with a new bridge in 1994. You had a choice about how you wanted to cross the old bridge. You could cross at the top level where the traffic also went across. There were pavements on each side. Or you could...

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  • Bosphorus Ferries

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    I chose to do the Bosphorus cruise with the public ferry. It departed at 10.35am and back in Istanbul at 4.30pm. This cruise is very popular, so make sure you arrive early. I arrived half hour early, and already the queue was long. They started letting you on not long after I arrived, later, people were standing! The ferry pulls in at a few wharfs...

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  • Bosphorus Strait

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    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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  • Spice Bazaar - Egyptian Bazaar

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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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  • Archeology Museum

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    The Archaeology Museum in Istanbul is also in the Sultanahmet area. It is an amazing place to visit as Turkey is so rich in archaeological remains from Ancient Greek times. In fact the museum holds so many remains, many things that would be given prime location in any other museum are, or were, outside in the museum grounds as there is simply no...

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  • Bosphorus Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • Maiden's Tower - Kiz Kulesi

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    Kizkulesi means Maiden's Tower. It is a tower in the Bosphorus off the coast of Üsküdar. This tower dates back to the fifth century BC. It was built by the Athenian general Alcibiades as a watchtower. A chain could be pulled from the land to the tower to halt ships trying to pass by. Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenos built a stronger tower here...

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  • Sultanahmet - Old City

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    Cet hôtel de 5 étoiles est situé au centre ville de Istanbul et fut construit en 2010. Il est situé près de Haigia Sofia et la station la plus proche est Gulhane. L'hôtel a 2 restaurants, un bar, un salon de conférence, une cafétéria, une piscine intérieure et un centre de fitness. Les 42 chambres sont équipées de minibar, sèche-cheveux,...

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  • Miniaturk

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • Hamams

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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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  • Chora Church & Museum - Kariye Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • Daytrip - Anadolu Kavagi

    4 out of 5 stars

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    There are lots of sights on the Asian side of the Bosphorus such as Beylerbeyi Palace, Küçüksu Palace, Anadolu Hisari, Anadolu Kavağı. I visited all of these but no longer have any photos of all of them. Beylerbeyi Palace is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus near the Bosphorus Bridge. Beylerbeyi Palace was an Ottoman summer residence...

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  • Whirling Dervishes

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    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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  • New Mosque - Yeni Cami

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    It is not one of the top mosques, so with our limited time, it was another skipped monument (I don't know if entrance is allowed to tourists). Seen from the harbour its sight is wonderful standing as a first plan in a spectacular panorama, with the top monuments showing here and there atop the hill.

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  • Itinerary Ideas

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    Istanbul has several parks: Gülhane, Yildiz and Emirgan are the better known ones. Gülhane means Hall of Roses. It used to be part of the grounds of Topkapi Palace. It used to have a very depressing zoo in which the animals were kept in very cramped conditions. Fortunately, this no longer exists. Yildiz Park is located in Beşiktaş. Its...

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  • Gulhane Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Sometimes dealing with the masses of people in Istanbul can be daunting. Just South of the Topkapi Palace, in which were once exterior grounds of the Palace is the Gulhane Park. A tranquil, tree lined path that leads to the Bosphorus.

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  • Hippodrome - Atmaydani

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    Facing Sainte Sophie, a large square was a Byzantine hippodrome, now transformed in a gardened avenue. It's highlights (excluded the surrounding marvels) are two obelisks and the ruins of a third one.

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  • City Walls & Gates

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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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  • Rustem Pasa Camii - Rustem Pasha Mosque

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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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  • Bebek Area

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    In our last year in Istanbul I was sent out to various parts of Istanbul to teach different individuals or in different companies. Once a week I had to teach in Bebek. Bebek is a pretty village on the European side of the Bosphorus. I had to teach a little girl who lived in a restored old wooden house here. Bebek has a lovely walkway along the...

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  • Topkapi Palace - Harem

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    We visited the Harem, well worth the entry fee and gave us a great appreciation of the opulence of the Sultan's life. You need to allocate 30 minutes to an hour to an hour to gain a full appreciation of the Harem. Very crowded on the day we visited (around midday) and difficult to take photos due to the crowd.

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  • Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum

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    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum” is the first museum exhibited works Turkish art and Islamic art together. The museum started to be built at the end of the 1800s and finished in 1913. Also it was built by the most important architect, Sinan and opened in the soup kitchen of Süleymaniye Complex in 1914. Its name was “Evkaf-I Islamiye Museum” which...

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  • Aqueduct of Valens - Bozdogan Kemeri

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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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  • St Anthony of Padua Church - St Antoine

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    The biggest catholic church in Istanbul was erected by the Italians, and dedicated to St Anthony of Padua, WHO WAS NOT FROM PADUA BUT FROM LISBON! The church built in the 18th century was later replaced by the actual one, built in 1912 in the Venetian neo-Gothic style.

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  • Rumeli Fortress- Rumeli Hisari

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    The Bosphorus is one of the most beautiful parts of Istanbul. You can visit it on a cruise, or you can take a bus up the European side, for example the Besiktas to Sariyer bus. Or you can take a bus up the Asian side, maybe starting in Uskudar and going to Anadolu Hisari, Beykoz, or Anadolu Kavağı. On the European side of the Bosphorus...

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  • Beyoglu District

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • Bosphorus Cruise Tours

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    The Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Marmara Sea with the Black Sea, is one of the busiest straits in the world. There are more than 50 thousand ships transitting through it each year. Add to this thousands of passanger ferries and fishing boats and then picture this 32 long waterway as a highway in a large city. Yet it tempts more and more...

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  • Pierre Loti Café

    4 out of 5 stars

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    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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  • Egyptian Obelisk

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The Obelisk of Theodosius (Dikilitas) is the Ancient Egyptian obelisk of Pharaoh Tutmoses III re-erected at the Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD. The marble pedestal had bas-reliefs dating to the time of the obelisk's re-erection in Constantinople. On one face Theodosius I is shown offering...

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  • Uskudar District

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    Like the Edirnekapı Mihrimah Sultan Complex was built by the instructions of Mihrimah Sultan, the only daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent. Uskudar Mihrimah Sultan Complex, which was built in the same year with Edirnekapı Mihrimah Sultan Complex, is located at the opposite of Uskudar port. In addition, this complex was also built by the...

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  • Yedikule Fortress - Golden Gate

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    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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  • Sehzade Mehmet Mosque - Prince's 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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  • Hurrem Sultan Hamam- Baths of Roxelana

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    The Ayasofya "Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamam" is amazing with its marbles and built for the Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent's wife in 1556. The Hamam was restored and reopened last year for outsiders to experience. The Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamamı is a Turkish hamam that was commissioned by Sultan Suleyman I's consort, Hürrem Sultan, and...

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  • Tomb of Sultan Mahmut II

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    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 Sultan Mahmut II - is very large. Octagon in shape, it is designed in the Empire style. It was built in 1838, which is actually the year before Mahmut II's...

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