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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.4305 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
    9.3159 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
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.1230 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    A great place to visit to understand more about the Muslim faith (they have pamphlets). Be aware that you can't go as a visitor during prayer times and you need ...

  • 4
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

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

    One of the most buzzing places in Istanbul. Try out their sweets, take a stroll through its corners and buy a thing or two.

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

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

    The Basilica Cistern was my favorite thing that we saw in Istanbul. I've never been anywhere quite like it. The water and the dark alley ways are so cool. Sometimes ...

  • 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

    beautiful bridge which connects europe to asia. ciragan palace hotel offers wonderful views of it, or go further up to ortakoy.

  • 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

    This place is so full of energy! It's the place to meet your friends and head down Istikial Caddesi to shop and eat and party. The Saturday evening I was ...

  • 9
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

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

    Employees no patient at all , not enough sign for guide and nothing about history of this bulging, and pricey

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

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

    This bridge connects the Sultanamet District with Galata tower. Good photo opportunities from this area

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