Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.4302 reviews
    History Museum
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    I think it was the most attractive place in Istanbul. You can see a part of history of Istanbul there

  • 2
    Topkapı Palace

    Topkapı Palace

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.3158 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryArtsyBackpackers

    With a lovely setting overlooking the Bosporus and Sea of Marmara, Topkapi Palace was the royal residence for about 400 years until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the ...

  • 3
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.6178 reviews
    Shopping, Mall
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Not what I expected. A tad overrated I felt. Lot less haggling than I thought and less cheap.

  • 4
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.1228 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    Nice to see, looks beautiful and it's very big. The surrounding area is nice for a visit or to shop souvenirs too.

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.2131 reviews
    Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    The Basilica Cistern is a most impressive, ancient water reservoir built beneath Istanbul in the 6th century. It is the largest of many cisterns beneath the city, the size of ...

  • 6
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

    Ranked #6 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.6129 reviews
    Shopping, Landmark, Farmers Market
    Popular withFoodiesHistoryFamilies

    After you've finished a Bosphorus tour off Eminonu, head across the road to the spice market. The sights, the sounds, the colors! The shopfolk can be a bit aggressive, but ...

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Ranked #7 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.1102 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withArtsyAdventureHistory

    Very cool when it is lit up at night and is best seen in Ortakoy on the Golden Horn side of the bridge. You will be lucky if you find ...

  • 8
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #8 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.4111 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFoodiesFamilies

    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
    9.097 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesAdventure

    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
    8.582 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withHistoryAdventureOutdoorsy

    I would recommend heading to Galata Bridge for sunset. It gets a bit crowded, but not overly so and it has beautiful views to offer.

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