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  • 1

    Hagia Sophia

    Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey
    4.5
    216 reviews

    One of the most outstanding examples of Byzantine architecture and perhaps Istanbul's most famous landmark. Built by Emporer Justinian I between 532 and 537 and rebuilt and embellished over subsequent centuries - the minarets for example were added at various stages while the building was a mosque. When approaching the building you'll doubtless be approached by someone wanting to give ...

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  • 2

    Blue Mosque

    Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    155 reviews

    Yes, this is a beautiful mosque, but with the huge crowds, it kind of loses its impact. My regards to the observant who manage to focus with the quiet hubbub going on. I'd say it's good to see, but I prefer the smaller, less crowded mosques, even if not as grand, they are still beautiful.

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  • 3

    Grand Bazaar

    Cankurtaran Mh, Tevkifhane Sk 1, Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    126 reviews

    Yes it is a bit touristy and you probably don't want to buy soccer jerseys or postcards but the architecture and the sense of history this places gives off makes it worth it. If you do buy something make sure you haggle and haggle hard. The best way to enjoy this place is head to the middle of the market. ...

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  • 4

    Topkapı Palace

    Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    4.5
    106 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

    Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    98 reviews

    The Spice Bazaar is a must for foodies visiting Istanbul. Also known as the Egyptian Market, due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt in the Ottoman period, this market dates back to 1664 and is the second-oldest covered shopping area in Istanbul. The Spice Bazaar is not only a great place to buy spices, but you ...

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  • 6

    Basilica Cistern

    4.5
    86 reviews

    Who knew that an area that can store water could be so pretty? The Basilica Cistern was once used to store water for the residents of Constantinople and is now a museum. There's something magical about the Basilica Cistern. I'm not quite sure what it is, but it's enchanting down there. It's a bit of a hike to go down ...

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  • 7

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Arnavutköy Mh., Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    75 reviews

    It i the first time that i went to Turkey . I'm glade to have a trip with my school esp with ma homeroom teacher .... Now i miss her so much ,i don't know she will transfer to another countries or not .Let's get inside my trip,i was going to shout becuz it is really beautiful at night .we ...

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  • 8

    Taksim Square

    Gümüşsuyu Mh., Sıraselviler Cd 7, Istanbul, Turkey
    4
    75 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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  • 9

    Galata Tower

    Bereketzade Mahallesi, 34420 Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    67 reviews

    Galata Bridge was built by the Genoese during the Middle Ages as a watch tower over the area. The surrounding colony of Galata was independent of Constantinople until it was eventually captured by the Turks. Today it's one of Beyoglu's principle monuments, visible from the Bosphorus and the Asian shores. It also has one of the best views of the ...

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  • 10

    Galata Bridge

    Karaköy-Eminönü Verbindung, Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    56 reviews

    This dual-decked bridge contains both a series of restaurants (on the lower level), all very touristy and all relatively well-priced as well as a series of street merchants on either end. You can also catch amazing shots of the Golden Horn at Sunset here.

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  • 11

    Beyoğlu

    Piyalepaşa Blv, Istanbul Turkey
    4.5
    48 reviews

    Hip, slick and cool and yet culturally refined and somehow restrained, this neighborhood is just about as fun as it gets. Hubbly bubbly joints out the yin yang, live music, clubs, discos, hammams and cafes - what more could you want?

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  • 12

    Sultanahmet Square

    Turkey
    4.5
    51 reviews

    A very nice open area for sitting and relaxing on your less hectic day in Turkey. If you go in the spring, late march/early April you can catch the opening blooming of the Tulip festival here. The before and after pictures are breathtaking.

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  • 13

    Dolmabahçe Palace

    Vişnezade Mh., 34357 Istanbul, Turkey
    4.5
    41 reviews

    This palace is stunning, exquisite and regal, with amazing art architecture and furnishings. Unfortunately, the guided tour (only option for getting in), barely gives you enough time to register what you are seeing before hustling you along ahead of the next group. Ok, I understand that they have a lot of people to pump through, but on top of that, ...

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  • 14

    Historic Areas of Istanbul

    Istanbul, Turkey
    5
    36 reviews

    I remember my last day in Istanbul I spent my time here, roaming and rediscovering these places. The beauty of this area only grows the longer you stay. There is so much to see and do in Istanbul that is amazing, but if you spend your whole vacation in this area, enjoy it and don't feel like you're missing out ...

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  • 15

    The Princes Islands

    5
    28 reviews

    One of the more laid back excursions of the Istanbul. While there are 4 islands, Buyukada (the last island on the ferry) is also the one most visited. If you are looking to get here, you can usually take the Istanbul Public ferry system, or you can book a private tour operator. On Buyukada you can simply walk around and ...

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  • 16

    The Bosphorus Strait

    4.5
    29 reviews

    This is a major artery from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Cruising through here you get a great view of Istanbul Europe and Asia. A tremendous amount of traffic uses this waterway including ferries, fishing boats along with cruise ships and cargo ships. Fun to just watch the interaction.

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  • 17

    Istanbul Modern

    4 Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi Liman Sahasý Antrepo, Istanbul Turkey
    4.5
    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

    Göreme
    4.5
    29 reviews

    Here's open everyday 08:00-17:30. It's far about 1 kilometers from town and this is an open-air museum, so should bring some hat when you go during summer time. This is a one of Turkey World Heritage site. There are a lot of churches in the museum, sometime you need to uphill to see the church. So it will take your ...

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  • 19

    Eminönü

    Turkey
    4.5
    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

    Ferries

    4.5
    29 reviews

    You can easily get to both sides of the Bosphorus Sea by ferries. They are better than taking a taxi over the bridges (particularly at rush hour). In fact you may find your taxi driver drops you off at the ferry if he has heard the bridges are backed up. Get an Akbil to use (rather than use Tokens) it ...

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