Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

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

    One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Hagia Sofia has been astounding visitors with its revolutionary design since 537 AD. First built as a church by the ...

  • 2
    Topkapı Palace

    Topkapı Palace

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    155 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
    218 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Named for the blue tile found inside, the Blue Mosque lives up to he hype. It's beautiful both inside and outside, and is really photogenic. Just know that, if you're ...

  • 4
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

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

    This place is so huge that it is easy to be lost here for hours. Lots of interesting things for sale, and enjoyed looking at everything. The carpet salesmen want ...

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

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

    Amazing underground water system, its great to see the history of this place, how a water filtration system was build back in the days.

  • 6
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

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

    A visit is a must, haggle merchants for a lower prices, or take a stroll outside it, in the back alleys to find same stuff with lower prices.

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

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

    This is one of the two road bridges that connect the Asian and European side of Istanbul. The bridge provides a magnificent view. It is especially wonderful at night. The ...

  • 8
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

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

    The landmark public square of Istanbul is just a huge empty concrete slab, too bad there is poor vegetation here. Nothing to see or no where to sit, its just ...

  • 9
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

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

    Although it's away from some of the more popular sites, this tower is the symbol of the city to many. Even if you can't make it over to the tower ...

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

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

    At first I thought it was just a bridge, it's that, sure with great views of the Bosphorus and the big ships and small craft sailing below. But it's also ...

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