Things to Do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Christian basilica that was turned into a mosque and nowadays hosts a museum! The monument is equally important for bith Christiand and Muslims. It is on the top of visit list for tourists in Istanbul.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an important architectural, historic and religious monument located in Istanbul, Tukey. Besides being a popular touristic attraction it also serves as an active mosque.

Basilica Cistern

The myserious Basilica Cistern is a Byzanteen style consrtuction that lies under the streets of city of Istanbul. It is the largest of several hundreds of Istanbul's ancient cisterns, with 336 columns holding it up.

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace (the Seraglio), is a large museum in Istanbul. Built in 1460, it served as the official residence for the Ottoman rulers.

Sultanahmet District

The Sultanahmet district is the heart of historic Old Istanbul famous as Constantinople, then Stamboul in the middle ages. The marvelous Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage is all combined in the Sultanahmet.

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Historic Areas of Istanbul represent the medieval face of the city that has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has been under state protection since 19-20th centuries and has largely preserved its looks.

Kapali Carsi

The Grand Bazaar or Capali Carsi is one of the biggest and oldest markets in the world that combines 61 shopping streets and 4000 shops. The colorful and lively market serves the city for several centuries. It has turned into a popular touristic destination in Istanbul.

Suleymaniye Mosque

The Suleymaniye is a huge 16th-century mosque in Istanbul built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The mosque's design was inspired by the Byzantine basilica Hagia Sophia's architecture.

Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus Strait is a historically and strategically significant waterway possesed by the Turkish Republic. The Strait divides Asian and European parts of Istanbul, and it's the only link between Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower located in the Galata district of Istanbul. Built in 1348 it has been the tallest building in Istanbul for centuries and it still dominates the city skyline.

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace is the luxurious residence of Ottoman rulers that replaced Topkai Palace. It was built in the 19th century at the coastline of Bosphorus. It countinues to inspire many architect around the world.

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

The Chora Church or Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church. In 1958 it opened up to public as Karite or Chora Museum. The Museum is located in Edirnekapi district of Istanbul.

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