What to See and Do in Istanbul

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What to See and Do in Istanbul – No matter how much time you have to explore Istanbul, you will not run out of things to see and do.I’ve made up an alphabetical list of all the things to see and do,  etc., and the best tours, but here are the top sights, the first to visit, no matter how long you stay:-

These are the sights you should be sure to see, ranked in order of importance and ease of access.

Luckily, the first six sights are close together near Sultanahmet Square. You can visit them on your own.

The Istanbul Museum Pass makes the sights quicker to access, and it can save you mone, but you have to know how to use it.

Here is the list with details of Istanbul tours ..

1. Topkapı Palace

Home (and Harem!) of the sultans—a must-see. More

2. Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)

Changed the course of Western architecture; greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years. More…

3. Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque

Islam‘s elegant answer to Ayasofya, with six minarets and blue interior tiles, one of Istanbul’s numerous grand imperial mosques. More…

4. Byzantine Hippodrome

Istanbul‘s Byzantine Hippodrome was the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottomanhistory as well. More…

5. Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum

Istanbul‘s Turkish & Islamic Art Museum (Türk-Islam Eserleri Müzesi), on the Hippodrome across from the Blue Mosque. More..

6. Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıçı)

Beneath Istanbul lie hundreds of gloomy Byzantine cisterns. They’re left from the days when Istanbul was Constantinople. Most large, important Byzantine buildings provided for storage of water beneath them. More…

7. Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı, or Covered Market; map) is Turkey’s largest covered market offering excellent shopping: beautiful Turkish carpets. More …

8. Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar

Istanbul‘s Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı, built 1664), at the southern end of the Galata Bridge near the Eminönü ferry docks (map), is filled with the fragrance of the exotic East. More…

9. Beyoğlu (Pera)

10. Dolmabahçe Palace

11. Bosphorus Cruise

Every visitor to Istanbul wants to—and should!—take a Bosphorus cruise on the 32 km (20-mile)-long strait which joins the Sea of Marmara to the south with the Black Sea to the north of Istanbul. More…

12. Princes’ Islands

The nine small islands about 20 km (10.5 miles) southeast of the center of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara (map) were called the Princes Islands by foreign chroniclers because of Byzantine emperors’ practice of sending bothersome princes there to be blinded, exiled or executed, but today’s citizens of Istanbul call them simply Adalar. More…

13. Great Palace Mosaic Museum

14. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque

15. Istanbul Archeological Museums

16. Kariye Museum

17. Tekfur Saray & City Walls

Constantinople’s last extant Byzantine imperial palace, 5 km (3 miles) northwest of Sultanahmet in the Byzantine City Walls (map), is just a shell, but it’s being restored. More …

18. Golden Horn Ferry Cruise

The most pleasant way to see the sights along the Golden Horn (map) is on a short ferry cruise. More …

19. Whirling Dervishes

20. Time in a Hamam (Turkish Bath)

21. Art Museums

22. Divan Yolu Walking Tour

23. Istanbul Bazaars Walking Tour2

24. Asian Istanbul: Üsküdar, Kadıköy & More

25. Istanbul’s Beaches

26. Excursions from Istanbul

I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions!A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which

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