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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 966 Reviews

The Grand Bazaar, or Kapali Carsi, is the mother of all markets, a treasure trove of gifts, souvenirs, essentials and fripperies. Heading into the ...  Read more

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 952 Reviews

Sultan Ahmet Camii, the Blue Mosque, was built by the sultan of the same name to out-wow the adjacent Aya Sofia. Built in the early 1600s, on the site of ...  Read more

Yerebatan Sarayi (Basilica Cistern)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Atmospheric music, rosy flood lighting and the lilting sound of water lapping on marble – entering the Underground Cistern known in Turkish as Yerebatan ...  Read more

Bosphorus Bridge

4 star rating: Recommended 169 Reviews

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of two bridges that spans the Bosphorus Strait, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It stretches from Ortakoy on ...  Read more

New Mosque

4 star rating: Recommended 150 Reviews

Istanbul’s New Mosque is actually over 400 years old. Sitting at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, construction of the mosque began in 1597 but was not ...  Read more

Suleymaniye Mosque

4 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

The largest mosque in Istanbul, the Suleymaniye Mosque was built between 1550 and 1558 on the orders of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. It is widely known as ...  Read more

Egyptian Spice Market

4 star rating: Recommended 100 Reviews

The heady scents of saffron, cloves, sugar and spice fill the air at the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Market, or Misir Carsisi, one of Istanbul's oldest ...  Read more

Topkapi Sarayi (Cannon Gate Palace)

4 star rating: Recommended 62 Reviews

Synonymous with Ottoman style architecture, the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is one of the most historically relevant landmarks, and today sits as one of ...  Read more

Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)

4 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya) is one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, built to be the world’s largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 ...  Read more

Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

When the Ottoman sultans wanted to update their living space, they moved from the sprawling Topkapi complex on Seraglio Point to the more classically ...  Read more

Golden Horn

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

The Golden Horn separates European Istanbul’s two major districts of Beyoglu, on the north bank, and Sultanahmet to the south. This legendary body of ...  Read more

Troy

It’s true, you need a fairly active imagination to people the ruins of Troy and bring this legendary site to life. But of the many names from history books and ...  Read more

Eminonu Square

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Located in the heart of the old city, Eminonu has long been a popular neighborhood in Istanbul. Shortly after Turkey won its independence, the area underwent ...  Read more

Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Maiden’s Tower, or Kiz Kulesi, is an ancient site in Istanbul located on a tiny islet in the Bosphorus Strait that has a history of both practicality and ...  Read more

Hippodrome (At Meydani)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1160 Reviews

Originally built in the third century, the Hippodrome of Constantinople was the sporting and cultural center of the former Byzantine capital for over 1,000 ...  Read more

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