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Istanbul is one of the most popular cities with over 14 million population. It wears its history and cultures well, thus creating a perfect blend of sightseeing. It was found during the Neolithic time and today it has become a modern city with all popular tourist attractions like cathedrals, basilicas, ancient bazaars, and mosques.
However, your first visit could be daunting when it comes to figuring out where to spend quality time. That’s why we have introduced the top 5 Istanbul tourist attractions which are must-visit. During your journey, you will get plenty of time to discover cafes, bars, restaurants, and more about Turkish culture. So, hold your breath, and let’s dive right into.
1. Hagia Sophia
It is one of the largest Orthodox Cathedrals which was built in 532-7 AD. It would be astonished to hear; it has served as an important church for over 900+ years and is considered an imperial mosque. It was transformed into a museum in 1935 by the first president of Turkey. Since then, it remains a symbol for both Christians and Muslims. The magnificent mosaics is decorated well and you can see a six-winged angel.
Location- Cankurtaran, Sultanahmet, Ayasofya Meydani no 1, Istanbul, Turkey
Things to Do
Where to Eat
Omar Café & Restaurant
Hagia Sophia Terrace Restaurant
Where to Stay
Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul
Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul
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2. Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace is considered one of the largest palaces in Turkey. It was the residence of Ottoman Sultans. Around 4000 military dignitaries and sultans resided in this palace during the empire. You can see sacred Islamic relics on the walls once you get into it. Apart from this, you can learn about this nation’s love for coffee which is 500 years old.
Location- Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Unique things to do in Istanbul
Explore Jewish history
Take a ferry
Visit a real Hammam
Explore the Asian Side
Watch fisherman on Galata Bridge
3. Blue Mosque
The blue mosque is also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It is made of vibrant blue tiles with decorated interior walls. It was established in the early 17th century under the ruler, Ahmed. Today, the blue mosque is both a popular tourist attraction and a place of worship.
Location- Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Places to Visit in Istanbul
Topkapi Palace Mesuem
4. Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern is famous with another name known as the Sunken Palace. This mesmerizing beauty of Istanbul is located near to Hagia Sophia. The narrow entrance space takes you through a chamber that opens up to a high ceiling. Once you enter into it, you will encounter a fish down and a wishing pool.
Location-Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd, 1/3, Istanbul, Turkey
What to do in Istanbul
Visit Hagia Sophia
Shop at Grand Bazaar
Walkthrough the Istiklal Avenue
5. Maiden’s Tower
Leander’s tower or Maiden’s tower depicts the city’s most important symbol. This iconic landmark is located at the south end of Bosphorus and entrance to the Marmara Sea. It would be interesting to know the rich history of Maiden’s Tower was dated back to the 4th century. It has inspired poems and films with its incredible beauty and unique landscape.
Location- Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkey
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These are some of the most famous Istanbul Tourist Attractions and things to do in Istanbul.