Istanbul Ili Things to Do

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Istanbul Ili Things to Do

  • Hagia Sophia - Ayia Sofia - Ayasofya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    In my second visit I didn't enter Sainte Sophie, but could appreciate the influence that it had in many constructions around it, and the justice that makes it the central point of Istanbul tourism.

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  • Topkapi Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Baths of the Sultan and the Queen Mother, dating from the late 16th century, and decorated in Rococo style in the 18th, consist of multiple rooms - a caldarium, a tepidarium and a frigidarium. The ceilings were conceived to allow natural sunlight in. There is marble and golden artifacts everywhere, even in the golden lattice to protect the...

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  • Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    A second look at Blue mosque was a great opportunity to observe some missed aspects in the first visit. First of all, that this mosque, built in the 17Th century,was strongly inspired in Hagia Sophia, adding Byzantine elements to Ottoman style. The second one is that "Blue mosque" is a strange name for a Portuguese - we are used to blue...

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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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    This is a fascinating and stunning palace, certainly one of the two must-see palaces of Istanbul's many palaces. Its location on the Bosphorus is itself impressive and beautiful and as a result, the palace is visible from many locations in the old city, such as from Eminonu, Topkapi Palace, as well as from the Asian shore. The buildings are...

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  • Galata Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Visible from far, this tower, built by Genoese in the 14Th century and still keeping its italian look, is now the place of a restaurant and, it seems, a "tourist trap". Going up is expensive and the sights are... roofs and distance. We didn't risk to go up.

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  • Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi

    4 out of 5 stars

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    In my first visit to Istanbul, I was taken to the bazaar - "this is the bazaar, let's enter, be careful not to get lost... let's go out... it's seen". Things are better when you are on your own, when you may decide where and when to enter, have the pleasure of loosing yourself with time to check what you like, feel the place and its...

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  • Suleymaniye Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Suleymaniye Camii was built on the orders of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The architect was Mimar Sinan, chief architect for three sultans and a gifted civil engineer. Suleymaniye Camii is his most well-known building, although the nearby, smaller Sehazde Mehmet Camii is, in my opinion, just as beautiful and yet is usually overlooked by...

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  • Hippodrome - Atmaydani

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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 Sophia and Blue...

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  • Istiklal Caddesi

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    The most commercial street in Istanbul, this is the place where everybody goes, because... everybody goes, I think. Commerce and the few attractions in the area spread to the adjacent streets, the real interesting detail in the quarter. I must confess that I was there six or seven times, but only because it was close to the hotel, and... where...

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  • Archeology Museum

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    Everyone interested in history should head to the Archeological Museum. There can be long lines of visitors waiting to get in in, and it can be crowded inside, but if you have the possibility to plan your visit out of peak time, it is really worth the entrance fee. The museum is filled with stunning and impressive findings and has good la

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  • Spice Bazaar - Egyptian Bazaar

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Yeni Camii - New Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Construction of the mosque was started in honor of sultan Mehmed III's mother and sultan Murad III's wife Safiye Sultan, in 1597. It was only half-finished when Sultan Ahmed I came to the throne in 1603. It was then abandoned for nearly fifty years until Valide Sultan Turhan Hadice , mother of sultan Mehmet IV, took the initiative to restore it in...

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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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  • Topkapi Palace - Harem

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    One of the wonders in Harem is the intricate decoration, where paintings combine with tiles, in a visual harmony that turns impossible to understand what is what without a close look. The gracious decoration, refusing the geometric simplicity common in Muslim art, helps to identify the feminine identity of the space.

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  • Bosphorus Cruise

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    I originally had no intention of taking this Bosphorus cruise but events conspired (long story) and so I found myself sharing it with a Chilean, an Argentinian, two UK citizens, a Turkish lady plus numerous Istambullu and their families thoroughly enjoying a day out on a public holiday. That day (the Friday of Eid al Adha) was incredibly busy...

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  • Theodosian City Walls

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    The Sea Walls were originally built by Constantine the Great in the first half of the 4th century. They stretched from Saray Point to the point where his wall connects to the Sea of Marmara. They were later extended by Theodosius II to connect with his Land Walls when they were built in the 5th century. The Sea Walls were rebuilt and strenghtened...

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  • Taksim Square

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    I stepped out of intercontinental hotel near taksim square for a quick exploratory stroll to on my first evening in Istanbul. At the square a man approached me for directions in Turkish and then quite quickly started talking - so you are from india etc...i began talking as the guy started giving me tips on restaurants etc and looked like he was...

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  • Sultanahmet - Old City

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    I visited Istanbul last year and I have to admit that it was a nightmare. Personally I was overwhelemed with all the pushy,aggressive men while I traveled alone as a young female. I would like to give you the advise not to speak with foreigners, most of them especially in the touristic zones are well known for organized crinme,blackmail, mogged and...

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  • Itinerary Ideas

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    This is my personal (subjective) list of top attractions in Istanbul. Of course, everybody has their own preferences, depending on interests, age, expectations, etc. I'm sure this megacity will satisfy everyone's tastes. 1. Sultanahmet with its must-see attractions: Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque 2.Topkapi Palace including Harem ( although you have...

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  • Walking

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    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 the Blue Mosque.

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  • Aqueduct of Valens - Bozdogan Kemeri

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    The Romans were excellent engineers, particularly when it came to supplying water to towns and cities. So it's hardly surprising that they created an highly efficient system to bring water from the hills to the city of Byzantium. What is surprising is that such a large section is still standing...and that a major road runs underneath it. It's very...

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  • Daytrip - Burgaz Island

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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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  • Gulhane Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    One of the absoloutely oldest structures in this ancient city is the so called Goth's Column, a 15 metres high granite monolith with a Corinthian capital on top. Not very much is known regarding its origin or age, however it is said that the column once was surmounted by a statue of Byzas the Megarian who according to legend founded Byzantium. The...

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  • Daytrip - Princes' Islands

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    For going to Princes Islands, I recommend to choose the first or second ferry, from the main quay (Sehir Hatlari). If you are in Taksim area, you can easily reach there using the funicular train (yellow line) with 4 TL token or using Istanbulkart. If you are in the other parts of Istanbul, you can use Tram (line blue) and get off in the last...

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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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  • Rustem Pasa Camii - Rustem Pasha Mosque

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    The Rüstem Pasa Mosque is especially famous for its very fine tiles which almost cover the walls and, in fact, also the facade of the portico. They come from Iznik and date from the very best period of their prodution (circa 1555 - 1620) when the tomato-red was used for only a short time. Look for the panels of tulips and carnations.

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  • Architecture

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    The Istanbul Lower Courts, or Istanbul Çocuk Mahkemeleri, are not, I assume, still in operation, at least not in the same location as this building. Nevertheless, the old structure caught my eye for its typical Ottoman bureaucratic architecture. The gallery over a porch at the entrance; the columns; the low arch are all somewhat reminiscent of the...

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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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  • Local Life

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    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 fills the touristy stalls everywhere. The prices are, as expected, higher than in the banal markets. Maybe the most beautiful yard that we visited...

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  • German Fountain - Kaiser Wilhelm...

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Quite why this piece of late-1800s park architecture should be such a favourite with visitors, or cause quite so much interest, is entirely beyond me. But you can see from the photos (and from the numerous other VT tips) that it seems to be a 'must-see' when one is in Sultanahmet. During my second visit to Istanbul I happened upon the fountain...

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  • Whirling Dervishes

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    One can hardly find anything more touristy and at the same time so serious and real as a performance of whirling dervishes. It is absoloutely not a show, it is a performance of a spiritual act and should be regarded as such. No applauds or talking during the performance. When I visited a performance it was held in the Sirkeci railway station....

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  • Bosphorus Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Bosphorus Bridge is a suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, thus connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge extends between Ortaköy (in Europe) and Beylerbeyi (in Asia). This is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge with steel towers and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck hangs on zigzag steel cables. It is 5,118 ft long...

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  • Sehzade Mehmet Mosque - Prince's Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    This mosque doesn't seem to feature on most visitors' lists, and that's a great pity. The Sehazde mosque is dedicated to one of the sons of Suleyman the Magnificent. Prince Sehazde Mehmed was born in 1521 and died in 1543. The great architect Sinan was responsible for planning this mosque and it has been suggested that, whilst originally building...

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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! (excuse-me) 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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  • Egyptian Obelisk

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    The so called Egyptian Obelisk was originally commissioned by Pharaoe Thutmose III (1549 - 03 B.O.T). He erected it at Deir el Bahri opposite Thebe in Upper Egypt to commemorate one of his campaigns in Syria and his crossing of the Euphrates River. It was brought toConstantineopel in the 4th century. It could not be raised at once so it lay for...

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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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  • 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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  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii - Little Hagia...

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    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 interesting to browse.

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  • Beyazit Mosque

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    The second oldest imperial mosque in the city is the Beyazit Mosque and its complex, built by sultan Beyazit II between 1501 and 1506, only surpassed by the Fatih Mosque complex. The Beyazit Mosque marks the beginning of the so called classical period, which lasted for more than 200

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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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  • 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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