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  • 1

    Hagia Sophia

    219 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

    157 reviews

    This mosque is more than 400 years old, with splendid tile work and a blend of both Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles. A must see in Istanbul.

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  • 3

    Grand Bazaar

    127 reviews

    I'm not that big of a shopper, but I love markets. It's a strange dichotomy that I live with. The Grand Bazaar does not disappoint. It's huge and incredibly disorienting at first. Once you've gotten your bearings, just get lost in it. It's more fun that way. And be prepared to haggle. They're expecting it. A lot of the shops ...

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  • 4

    Topkapı Palace

    107 reviews

    This is a very elaborate place, with different levels of importance. The more you go into the center areas the more it was only accessible by the most VIP's. The different rooms and some artifacts displayed are terrific. I also finally figured out how to pronounce this place - top copy.

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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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    Basilica Cistern

    87 reviews

    Very cool place, apparently a James Bond movie was filmed here. This cistern was built by Emperor Justinian around 540 AD to collect water for the Byzantine Palace and the Hagia Sophia. There are cisterns similar to this one all around Istanbul and they Byzantines had developed a very sophisticated water supply system. In the back of the cistern you ...

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  • 7

    Bosphorus Bridge

    76 reviews

    The Bosphorus Bridge is cross the Bosphorus strait which connecting Europe and Asia Continental. It is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). The Bosphorus Bridge views are different interested in day and night. Might be night views are more attractive to any tourists.

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  • 8

    Galata Tower

    70 reviews

    Totally underrated! I read about it but it was never on my must-see list and I think it is absolutely the best first stop to make in Istanbul! It gives you tremendous perspective of the city surrounds and the building itself conveys the strong history of the city.

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  • 9

    Taksim Square

    77 reviews

    Taksim is a main transportation hub and a popular destination for both tourists and the native population of Istanbul. İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), a long pedestrian shopping street, ends at this square, and a nostalgic tram runs from the square along the avenue, ending near the Tünel. Surrounding Taksim Square are numerous travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, pubs, and international fast ...

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  • 10

    Galata Bridge

    58 reviews

    This is so much more than just a bridge- its a microcosm microcosm of the city. When we passed under it by boat on the Golden Horn it seemed like the vivacious character of Istanbul was somehow condensed on this one low bridge. Go at night for great views of the illuminated mosques nearby.

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  • 11

    Beyoğlu

    48 reviews

    Beyoğlu is a district located on the European side of İstanbul, Turkey, separated from the old city (historic peninsula of Constantinople) by the Golden Horn. It was known as Pera (meaning "Across" in Greek) during the Middle Ages, and this name remained in common use until the early 20th century and the establishment of the Turkish Republic.The district encompasses other ...

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  • 12

    Sultanahmet Square

    51 reviews

    Nice square between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. There are flowers everywhere and some restaurants for a little break.

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  • 13

    Dolmabahçe Palace

    42 reviews

    Esse suntuoso palácio foi sede do governo Otomano, ou seja, morada do Sultão e família, desde 1856 quando ficou pronto (a construção durou 13 anos) até 1922. Antes disso, a sede do governo ficava no Palácio Topkapi. Eu particularmente, achei ele mais bonito por dentro que o Palácio de Versalhes – claro que são quase 200 anos de diferença. Todos ...

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  • 14

    Historic Areas of Istanbul

    37 reviews

    It never fails to amaze me how much history is crammed into the area of Sultanahmet. There are plenty of hotels in the immediate area, and enough sight-seeing to keep you busy for at least a week. Public transport makes it very simple to get around if you want to travel across the Golden Horn to Taksim Square or Beyoğlu ...

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  • 15

    The Bosphorus Strait

    31 reviews

    Beautiful at night but I certainly wouldn't recommend swimming in it! If you get a chance, take a ferry across or a boat tour up the strait, there are plenty of historic houses and monuments you can really only see from the water.

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  • 16

    The Princes Islands

    29 reviews

    You need to take a ferry and visit the Princes Island. Most visitors do not think of going there. It's a top place for insiders. The islands allow to escape from the stress that you may face each day in Istanbul. There are no cars on the Islands (Excluding civil service) and animals, especially horses, dogs and cats are allowed ...

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  • 17

    Istanbul Modern

    30 reviews

    Istanbul's modern art museum has some interesting pieces, and is definitely worth a stop to get a sense of what artists are doing there now...it's full of Turkish art. One of my favorites was a video depicting the artists as Don Quixote and Cervantes on the road to the Tate Modern. Fun comment on the tiers of access in the ...

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  • 18

    Göreme Open Air Museum National Park

    29 reviews

    There are many churches around the region, some very basic and others that still have the remains of painted ceilings. Beautiful :) A lot of these are along the hiking areas and others at the open air museum.

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  • 19

    Eminönü

    31 reviews

    I loved Eminonu and the surrounding area! This is the transportation hub as well as a central point for many of Istanbul's attractions. From here you can easily hop a ferry and sail up the Bosphorus. I also would suggest a Fish Sandwich at one of the many boats that will beckon you. These sandwiches are delicious and very inexpensive. ...

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  • 20

    Ferries

    29 reviews

    I could probably spend my entire time in Istanbul riding back and forth on the ferries, sipping tea, people-watching and appreciating the amazing view from different points. Sit inside with the commuters, or outside with the bad boys and the tourists. Drink tea, nibble on a simit. The boats are like mobile sidewalk cafes with the world's best views.

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