Things to Do & Attractions in Istanbul

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Green Tomb

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The Green Tomb is a mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed I Celebi that forms part of the Green Mosque complex in Bursa, Turkey.  Perched high on a hill in the Yesil ...  Read more

Rahmi M Koc Museum

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

The Rahmi M Koç Museum is situated on the north side of the historic Golden Horn in Istanbul. Conceived by the Koç family, it’s the only major ...  Read more

Istanbul Aquarium

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

Sharks swim in overhead tunnels and stingrays, clownfish, and red belly piranhas wriggle by at Istanbul Aquarium, home to over 1,500 sea and land creatures. ...  Read more

Pierre Loti Hill

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 5 Reviews

Known for its views across Istanbul's natural harbor — the Golden Horn — Pierre Loti Hill is named after the famous French novelist and traveler. A popular ...  Read more

Anadolu Kavagi

The last stop on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait, Anadolu Kavagi is a former fishing village that sits near the confluence of the Bosphorus and the ...  Read more

Arasta Bazaar

The Arasta Bazaar is a small market complex built around the same time as the Blue Mosque. Located adjacent to the mosque, rents from the shops went to support ...  Read more

Archaeological Museums (Arkeoloji Muzeleri)

Crammed with artworks and artifacts from over the millennia, Istanbul’s Archaeology Museum is housed in a complex of three buildings in gardens formerly ...  Read more

Aynalikavak Palace

Aynalikavak Palace is a lovely Ottoman palace located in the Hasköy neighborhood of Istanbul. It was originally built under Sultan Ahmet I in 1613 and ...  Read more

Belgrad Forest

Located at the easternmost point of the Thracian Peninsula, the Belgrad Forest is about 15 kilometers outside of Istanbul. Covering about 5,000 hectares of ...  Read more

Beyazit Mosque

One of the most impressive of the Ottoman mosques, the Beyazit Mosque was the second large imperial mosque complex to be built in Istanbul after the conquest ...  Read more


More than just a launching pad for visits to Gallipoli and Troy, Canakkale is a lively seaside port on the Dardanelles that’s an ideal destination for day ...  Read more

Church of St Saviour in Chora

Covered in intricate mosaics and massive murals in Late Byzantine style, the Church of St Savior in Chora has been standing since the 4th century. The present ...  Read more

Cicek Pasaji (Cité de Péra)

Cicek Pasaji was the most glamorous address in the Beyoğlu district during the heady days of the Orient Express, and today the historic 19th-century arcade is ...  Read more

Constantine Column

When Constantine established his new capital of the Roman Empire, he commissioned a grand circular forum with a monumental column at its center. Carved from ...  Read more

Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate

Istanbul’s Church of St George has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople since 1600. Since the fall of the Ottomans, the Greek ...  Read more

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