Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    294 reviews
    History Museum
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    A place with a lot of historical and religious significance, Aya Sofia is not to be missed in a trip to Istanbul.

  • 2
    Topkapı Palace

    Topkapı Palace

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

    Topkapi Palace is an incredibly historic site, home to Ottoman Sultans and it really feels like Sultans still live there.

  • 3
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    170 reviews
    Shopping, Mall
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    You can get some good deals here, but you have to be prepared to bargain. It is best to have a list in mind of things that you want to ...

  • 4
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    218 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    This is a historic mosque and popular tourist site. Appropriate clothing must be worn otherwise there is a risk of not being admitted. Beautiful architecture!

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    128 reviews
    Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    The Romans were amazing. I can't believe the things they made. This cistern held water for the city and it is such a feat of engineering!

  • 6
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

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

    Row after row of interesting stalls selling everything imaginable. Be sure to note hours if visiting in a holiday.

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

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

    This bridge connecting Asia and Europe is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. It is worth taking one of the boat tours endlessly being hawked on the ...

  • 8
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #8 overall in Istanbul things to do
    107 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withStudentsFoodiesNightlife

    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
    95 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Galata Tower is easy to find - perched on a high hill overlooking the city. It's really worth learning about the rich history of this tower while you're there. Overall, ...

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

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

    The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul and the districts like Galata and Beyoğlu. Lots of cafes on Galata Bridge and a great place ...

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