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Istanbul Attractions

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Grand Bazaar 4.0 stars
Shopping - #1 of 33
Unlike the Grand Bazaar, I love hanging out in the Spice Bazaar. The smell alone is enough to keep me coming back, and the bright colours on display are wonderfully attractive. The prices are reasonable, and the shopkeepers, who cater to locals ... [more ]
Blue Mosque 5.0 stars
Religious Site - #2 of 33
This huge Mosque is situated in the vibrant and bustling city of Istanbul. It is a huge place with 6 towers and a plethora of massive domes. I thought it was a stunning and very spiritual place and I felt very lucky to be able to visit. You must ... [more ]
Hagia Sophia 5.0 stars
Religious Site - #3 of 33
The Hagia Sophia is of course a must-see when you go to Istanbul... the building is an amazing hybrid reflecting its history as a building dedicated first to Christianity and then to Islam. The now-museum makes a wonderful contrast to the Blue ... [more ]
Topkapi Palace 4.0 stars
Castle, Fortification, Palace - #4 of 33
If your time in Istanbul is short and you can only visit one main landmark, it should be Topkapı Palace without a doubt. I spent the better part of a day wandering around the complex and still felt like I hadn't seen even half of what there was ... [more ]
Basilica Cistern (underground cistern) 5.0 stars
Building - #5 of 33
The Basilica Cistern was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in 532 A.D. and has been in use as a water source in Istanbul throughout history. It is quite an eerie place to visit, especially when compared to all the open-air monuments and vast ... [more ]
Süleymaniye Mosque 5.0 stars
Religious Site - #6 of 33
I think a lot of people spend so much of their attention on the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofya that so-called "lesser" mosques like the Suleymaniye get overlooked. It's sad because the Suleymaniye is a magnificent piece of historical architecture ... [more ]
Galata Bridge 4.0 stars
Bridge - #7 of 33
From a distance, you'd think there's not much to like about the Galata bridge, as the architecture of it is nothing special. Even up close, if you take each facet separately it seems like it's just a bridge full of smelly fish and car exhaust. ... [more ]
Dolmabahçe Palace 4.0 stars
Castle, Fortification, Palace - #8 of 33
Dolmabahce Palace is an opulent – and undoubtedly frightfully expensive – complex built near the end of the Ottoman Empire. I sometimes wonder if the foreign debt incurred by this structure may have in some way helped to hasten the demise of the ... [more ]
Taksim Square 4.0 stars
Square - #9 of 33
This is where everyone meets at the beginning of a night out. In fact, this is where everyone meets for just about anything. It's probably the most common place in Istanbul to find friends greeting one another and branching off into different ... [more ]
Cefer Aga Medresesi 4.0 stars
Building - #10 of 33
Actually the Caferaga Medresesi ist the most beautiful place I have been to in Istanbul. You can sit there in the historical café have something to eat or drink when your´re tired from all the sightseeing - as I were. And when you ve gained new ... [more ]
Burgazada 4.0 stars
Natural Monument and Landmark - #11 of 33
Burgazada…Very close to İstanbul and at the same time too far . You can get there in 45 minutes from İstanbul (Kabatas Port ) and you can discover a place that is totally different from the city. In early ages its name was Panormos which ... [more ]
Galata Tower 5.0 stars
Castle, Fortification, Palace - #12 of 33
The Galata tower was built in 1348 in Istambul by the Genoese, as part of the defense wall surrounding the Galata district. The tower, in spite of its initial function and old age still stands strong. It is 55 meter high and I have to admit it is ... [more ]
Sultanahmet Square 5.0 stars
Square - #13 of 33
The Sultanahmet area is by far Istanbul's most important place for tourists. All the biggest attractions are here: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Cistern Palace, Topkapi Palace, and more. Plus it’s a short walk to the Grand Bazaar and the ... [more ]
Taxim 5.0 stars
Other Urban Landmark - #14 of 33
Taxim is a cool place to waste a couple of hours; it’s easily accessible by bus too.  Taxim consists of loads of cobbled streets with plenty of shops and cafes to keep you busy with, and at night time its where a lot of the livelier bars and ... [more ]
Buyukada 5.0 stars
Natural Monument and Landmark - #15 of 33
Buayukada is the largest and most famous island of the Princess Islands in the Sea of Marmara. I stayed here for the weekend, at one of the hotels on the island. The hotel organized a tour with a local guide. The island holds many historical ... [more ]
Byzantine Hippodrome 5.0 stars
Park - #16 of 33
What I like the most about the Byzantine Hippodrome is its history. It used to be host of some of the most important political and sporting life in the Ottoman Empire. Now the Hippodrome is a park, with not so many things to offer, but just few ... [more ]
Cihangir 4.0 stars
Quarter - #17 of 33
Cihangir is just outside of Taksim Square and Istiklal Caddesi - the area which I assume to be more or less the center of culture and commerce in Istanbul. Cihangir is a pleasant neighborhood on a hill rising from the waters of the Golden Horn ... [more ]
New Mosque 4.0 stars
Religious Site - #18 of 33
The ironically named “New Mosque” is a beautiful well-placed building in Eminonu. The mosque is older than nearly any building in North America. While I greatly appreciate the scale and proportion of the building along with its overwhelming ... [more ]
Miniaturk 4.0 stars
Other Urban Landmark - #19 of 33
Miniaturk is Turkey in miniature. Besides having a clever name this is a great place to visit when in Istanbul, especially if you plan to visit additional places around Turkey. The attraction is located along the Golden Horn and features mini ... [more ]
Golden Horn in Eminönü 4.0 stars
Harbour - #20 of 33
If you're just looking for a quick bite to eat between Sultanahmet sightseeing and Beyoglu shopping, definitely try the fishing boats on the Golden Horn in Eminönü. They've only recently started serving again after a ban was lifted, so a lot of ... [more ]
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