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  • 1

    Hagia Sophia

    217 reviews

    Hagia Sophia is the most famous landmark in Turkey and one of the most important buildings in western civilization. The Church of the Holy Wisdom was originally built by Constantine the Great but was reconstructed in its current incarnation by Justinian. Throughout Byzantine history it served as the main church of the empire where emperors were crowned. The original church ...

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    Blue Mosque

    157 reviews

    This is such a beautiful mosque, it moved me to tears. Definitely a must-see. Take time to soak in the atmosphere.

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    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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    Topkapı Palace

    107 reviews

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

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    The Spice Bazaar

    99 reviews

    This is one of my favorite places to go in Istanbul. Not just the covered bazaar, but all the small side streets surrounding it. I've seen some interesting sights exploring the area, and found some delicious seasonings and treats as well. There are endless photographic opportunities around here between the products, the vendors and the customers. In addition to spices, ...

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    Basilica Cistern

    87 reviews

    Built by the Byzantine emporers, this is a must-see in Istanbul. You can just imagine Perseus and Medusa fighting it out, hiding behind the pillars. There's actually fish in the water too!

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    75 reviews

    This is one of the two road bridges that connect the Asian and European side of Istanbul. The bridge provides a magnificent view. It is especially wonderful at night. The best way to see it is by the various cruises that operate on the Bosphorous

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    Galata Tower

    69 reviews

    Going to the top of the tower might take some time due to lines of people waiting to do the same. However the wait is worth it. The view of the city from the top of the tower is just breathtaking.

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    Taksim Square

    76 reviews

    One of the supreme ironies of global tourism is the combination of the words Taksim Square. You see Taksim means square in Turkish so what everyone's really saying "Square Square." Taksim is probably the busiest open area in Istanbul. It is the meeting place of Istiklal, Siraselviler, Tarlabasi and Cumhuriyet Streets. There is a metro station with furnicular access to ...

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  • 10

    Galata Bridge

    57 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


    48 reviews

    A beautiful district of Istanbul with it's small alleys, cozy cafés, restaurants, pubs and shopping possibilities.

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    Sultanahmet Square

    51 reviews

    Sultanahmet Square is bounded by the Blue Mosque on one end and Hagia Sophia on the other. Between these two landmarks are flower gardens, cobblestone paths and large fountains. This is one of the best places to hear the call to prayer in the city.

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    Dolmabahçe Palace

    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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    Historic Areas of Istanbul

    37 reviews


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  • 15

    The Bosphorus Strait

    30 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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    The Princes Islands

    29 reviews

    Prince islands - Prepare at least half day to visit. The places is accessible by ship and the trip it self is as existing as the islands. The islands are forbidden for cars and the smell of horses is everywhere. It is one of the most romantic places I have seen. The houses, streets and gardens on the islands has ...

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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

    Göreme Open Air Museum National Park

    29 reviews

    The landscape of Cappadocia is unlike anything I have ever seen. It looks as if wet sand was dripped from the sky and froze into tall pillars. There are piculiar cave dwellings where people used to live. You can still rent a cave for the night.

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  • 19


    30 reviews

    Eminönü is Istanbul's transport hub, by the Golden Horn. Comprising trains, trams, buses and ferry terminals, if you are travelling independently, you will undoubtedly spend time here changing between different methods of transport. You should visit the Balık-Ekmek (Fish Sandwich) stalls by the side of the ferry docks, for a not-to-be-missed Istanbul favourite. This is also the location of the ...

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  • 20


    29 reviews

    Istanbul is surrounded by water and therefore it is not surprising to see a lot of boat activity taking place on the Bosphorous, the Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn. The principal ferry dock on the European side is Eminönü. There are four piers with various destinations including: Bosphorus (Boğaz), Golden Horn (Haliç), Kadıköy and Üsküdar. Another important dock is ...

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