Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    290 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site, Mosque, Popular
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Even with renovations in process, this is amazing. Breathtaking mosaics. No lines later in the day.

  • 2
    Topkapı Palace

    Topkapı Palace

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    153 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site, Mosque, Library
    Popular withHistoryArtsyFamilies

    Topkapı Palace construction started in 1460 and completed at 1478. It was the administrative, educational and art center of the Empire for nearly four hundred years. Great place to see ...

  • 3
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    217 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Incredible mosque. Make sure you check times before you go because it's still in use and will turn visitors away during operating hours

  • 4
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    167 reviews
    Shopping, Mall
    Popular withHistoryAdventureFamilies

    One of the largest covered markets in the world. Quite touristy today, but even if you don't want to buy anything it's at least worth it to have a look ...

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    127 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    You might recognize the cistern in pop culture associated with Dan Brown or James Bond, but it has a history all its own. Did you know it was built to ...

  • 6
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

    Ranked #6 overall in Istanbul things to do
    126 reviews
    Shopping, Farmers Market
    Popular withFoodiesHistoryAdventure

    Busy market with lots of spices & goodies to buy. My top would be to also go outside & explore the market which sells pets etc. Look out for the ...

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Ranked #7 overall in Istanbul things to do
    99 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withArtsyHistoryAdventure

    beautiful bridge which connects europe to asia. ciragan palace hotel offers wonderful views of it, or go further up to ortakoy.

  • 8
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #8 overall in Istanbul things to do
    106 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesNightlife

    One of the supreme ironies of global tourism is the combination of the words Taksim Square. You see Taksim means square in Turkish so what everyone's really saying "Square Square." ...

  • 9
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

    Ranked #9 overall in Istanbul things to do
    94 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    You cannot be in Istanbul without going to see Galata tower and the surrounding area, nice hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc.. Great view form the top as well a must try.

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

    Ranked #10 overall in Istanbul things to do
    81 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withHistoryAdventureOutdoorsy

    On the top part of the bridge there are always dozens of people fishing and you can buy fresh fish from them. On the bottom there are all sorts of ...

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