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  • 1

    Hagia Sophia

    Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey
    214 reviews

    Loved the way the art works and everything has been preserved until today feel so blessed to be able to actually see such old artworks ❤️

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  • 2

    Blue Mosque

    Istanbul, Turkey
    153 reviews

    Iznik pottery is aguably one of Turkey's most famous exports and the Blue Mosque is a great place to see it in situ. Actually called Sultanahmet Mosque, it was given it's English moniker after the blue tiles that adorn the interior. A truly spectacular array of designs are on display here only rivalled by the circumcision rooms at Topkapi Palace ...

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  • 3

    Grand Bazaar

    Cankurtaran Mh, Tevkifhane Sk 1, Istanbul, Turkey
    125 reviews

    Mall of America step down! The Grand Bazaar is big shopping oasis with some of the most interesting goods for sale, both western world and eastern world styles, cultures, and trends: from American brand name clothes to stylish teacups and hookah pipes. It's easy to get swallowed up among the crowd and shop owners and get lost so be careful ...

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  • 4

    Topkapı Palace

    Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    106 reviews

    Wow proper museum, found things that I thought I'd never see, so much history. worth visiting for sure

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  • 5

    The Spice Bazaar

    Istanbul, Turkey
    98 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

    86 reviews

    The lighting in here matches the atmosphere completely. Walking through here only adds to your deep respect for the architecture of this city. Also a good respite during summer touring of Istanbul.

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  • 7

    Taksim Square

    Gümüşsuyu Mh., Sıraselviler Cd 7, Istanbul, Turkey
    75 reviews

    Amazing place to soak up Istanbul's nightlife. Outdoor bars line the alleyways. Pass the day playing checkers and smoking hookah or come during the night to dance to live music in the streets.

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  • 8

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Arnavutköy Mh., Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey
    74 reviews

    Very cool when it is lit up at night and is best seen in Ortakoy on the Golden Horn side of the bridge. You will be lucky if you find a restaurant that has a good view of the bridge. It was officially opened in 1973 and at the time was the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world. It ...

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  • 9

    Galata Tower

    Bereketzade Mahallesi, 34420 Istanbul, Turkey
    59 reviews

    My poor rating is not due to the tower's historical architecture or the amazing panoramic view. The view is phenomenal, however there are some terrace restaurants with a similar view very close to the tower, where you can have a kebab an ayran and a tea for the price of a ticket. The inside of the tower is modern, it ...

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  • 10

    Galata Bridge

    Karaköy-Eminönü Verbindung, Istanbul, Turkey
    56 reviews

    On the top part of the bridge there are always dozens of people fishing and you can buy fresh fish from them. On the bottom there are all sorts of seafood restaurants and a few hookah places. It's a nice place to relax after a long day in Sultanahmet, once you sit down that is. The hosts are rather aggressive ...

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  • 11


    Piyalepaşa Blv, Istanbul Turkey
    48 reviews

    Awesome place to hang out, eat, shop and drink! I am always in or around Istiklal street and Beyoglu because there is always something to do and there are always people around. Beyoglu is around Istiklal stretching down to the Galata tower and around there. You will know when you are in Beyoglu because the buildings will start to look ...

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  • 12

    Sultanahmet Square

    51 reviews

    This historic area is beautiful, flanked by great cafes and cute shops and full of the smells and sounds of the city. Although this is a prime tourist area it feels authentic.

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  • 13

    Dolmabahçe Palace

    Vişnezade Mh., 34357 Istanbul, Turkey
    41 reviews

    Styled after Western Europe in Baroque architecture, stepping onto the grounds of Dolmabahçe Palace feels like you are leaving Istanbul. It is a stark contrast to Topkapi palace in Sultanahmet. This palace was the main administrative center from 1856 to 1922. If you have seen Topkapi it is important to see Dolmabahçe as well, contrasting the Golden period of the ...

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  • 14

    Historic Areas of Istanbul

    Istanbul, Turkey
    36 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

    Istanbul Modern

    4 Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi Liman Sahasý Antrepo, Istanbul Turkey
    30 reviews

    Istanbul Modern is a very cool modern art museum that took over an old warehouse along the Bosphorus. It is the first museum in Turkey to feature modern art by Turkish artists. After browsing the exhibits, be sure to stop at the restaurant for a drink or lunch--there is a patio with great views of the Bosphorus.

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  • 16

    The Princes Islands

    28 reviews

    There are four Princes Islands that you visit by ferry from Istanbul: Kinaliada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Buyukada. Ferries leave from Karakoy, Kabatas and Kadikoy. The boat ride takes about an hour and a half to the first island and about 15 minutes between islands. In the summertime the ferries can be very crowded so be prepared. The main attraction of ...

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  • 17

    The Bosphorus Strait

    29 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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  • 18


    30 reviews

    In my opinion, if you happen to have only 30 minutes in your life to spend in Istanbul, I would choose the Eminönü Pier. Here you will see Istanbul´s vibrant city life, with spectacular view of the Galata Tower, the city ferries entering and leaving, to carry the people all over the city, including the Asian part of the city ...

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  • 19


    29 reviews

    The ferries in Istanbul are great. They come often, are very inexpensive and are a good way to avoid traffic getting to and from the European and Anatolian side. There are also ferries that can take you to the Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmara

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  • 20

    New Mosque

    Yeni Cami Cd, Istanbul 34116, Turkey
    25 reviews

    The New Mosque of Eminönü is not as new as it name promises. Since 1665 this mosque is part of the Old Istanbul Skyline. It took 68 years to built the mosque. Entering the Eminönü pier by boat, gives you a fantastic view of the mosque.

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