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  • 1

    Hagia Sophia

    219 reviews

    This mosque is truly beautiful, and its history parallels that of Istanbul. One of the most iconic sights in Istanbul.

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  • 2

    Blue Mosque

    157 reviews

    This incredible mosque sits immediately opposite Hagia Sophia. If you have the opportunity you should take a tour of the interior. Just remember to wear long pants/skirts and covering tops. scarves will be provided if your attire is deemed too revealing.

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  • 3

    Grand Bazaar

    127 reviews

    The Grand Bazaar is a must on your visit to Istanbul, Turkey... Just be ready to haggle over prices. There's everything from jewelry to carpets to leather bags... and LOTS of Tea.

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  • 4

    Topkapı Palace

    107 reviews

    Stupendous sight. There are lots of Ottoman palaces in Istanbul but this is thr most unique and gives you a sense of how they lived for most of their reign.

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  • 5

    The Spice Bazaar

    100 reviews

    When I came to Istanbul, I was a little more excited about the Spice Bazaar than the Grand Bazaar because I came in search of some good Turkish tea. I ended up leaving with a lot more tea than I expected to leave with... oh and some delicious Turkish delights. It's a great place for photography because there are stands ...

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  • 6

    Basilica Cistern

    87 reviews

    You walk down stone steps into the cool bowels of the earth, into a completely artificial cave-like environment. On hot days it's cool darkness is a welcomed relief for the glare of the streets. It's magical, historic, and wow I'd love to paddle my kayak around in there. Reading a bit of the history I found that one of the ...

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  • 7

    Bosphorus Bridge

    76 reviews

    Walking across across this bridge at night, while watching the city lights is wonderful alone. And the thought of crossing from one continent to another (Asia and Europe) is a bonus.

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  • 8

    Galata Tower

    70 reviews

    A must stop place in Istanbul if you are willing to get over the bridge to the Golden horn. You can see all of Istanbul from the tower, from the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus bridge and a little beyond on a good day. The 'balcony' where you stand, I wouldn't really call a balcony. It's more of a ...

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  • 9

    Taksim Square

    76 reviews

    Taksim Square, in the Beyoglu district, is the commercial, transportation, and some would say, gastronomic heart of modern, European Istanbul. Taksim is also at the northern end of the greatest street in the world for me - Istiklal Caddesi.

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  • 10

    Galata Bridge

    58 reviews

    The first time I walked across this bridge, it was teeming with fishermen with their poles hanging over the edge, bait for sale, and was quite a scene. the setting sun created quite an ambiance, and beautiful views of the skyline across the Bosphorus. On the Sultanahmet side of the bridge you can buy fish sandwiches right off the boat, ...

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  • 11

    Beyoğlu

    48 reviews

    small, coquette street, between the hotels located near Taksim square in Beyoglu, Istanbul. every street has a lot good restaurants and cafes :))

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  • 12

    Sultanahmet Square

    51 reviews

    The nowadays Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square) was the Hippodrome of Constantinople ages ago. The Hippodrome was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople and capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today the square also known as a Horse square / Atmeydanı / is one of the main Istanbul's attractions because of a few fragments of the ...

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  • 13

    Dolmabahçe Palace

    42 reviews

    This palace has such amazing history behind it, but is also remarkably beautiful. I believe it is best viewed from the water so look out for it if you take a boat tour!

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  • 14

    Historic Areas of Istanbul

    37 reviews

    If you stay in the historical quarter of istanbul everything is within a five minute walk. I would suggest 4nts here and three nights on the other side for a completely different experience.

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  • 15

    The Bosphorus Strait

    31 reviews

    This is a must see. You will get the real idea of the city while on boat, having on one side Europe and on the other Asia. Enjoy!

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  • 16

    The Princes Islands

    29 reviews

    I really wish I had a chance to spend some time on the islands themselves, but even from the water they are beautiful!

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  • 17

    Istanbul Modern

    30 reviews

    Don't let the anonymous exterior of the museum fool you, there are real art gems to be seen here.

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  • 18

    Eminönü

    31 reviews

    Great place to catch a ferry, you can get to pretty much any other port in the city via Eminonu. This neighborhood of Istanbul also has amazing outdoor fresh produce markets. I honestly couldn't even explain how to get to one but if you wander for long enough you'll find one.

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  • 19

    Ferries

    29 reviews

    Here is what you do. it is great for kid . take one of to ferries to other side of istanbul. there are a lot of them easy to find (take one goes to Kadikoy it is a nice place to shop around) . before you get on buy couple of this bagel looking pastry it calls SIMIT. when you ...

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  • 20

    Istiklal Caddesi

    26 reviews

    Stayed there for 7 nights, it was the best location, very central and so walkable to all other touristic areas.

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