Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.4304 reviews
    History Museum
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    No worries why this attraction ranks #1 for visitors to Istanbul. The building which was considered the largest cathedral in the world for nearly 1000 years is not to be ...

  • 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

    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 #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.1229 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    Amazing interior! It is always open for prayer, but It is not open to visitors at all hours. Be sure to check the schedule! It is free, so don't listen ...

  • 4
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

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

    One of the largest covered markets in the world. Quite touristy today, but even if you don't want to buy anything it's at least worth it to have a look ...

  • 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

    Visiting the Spice Bazaar was unexpectedly enjoyable. It is a large market with stall after stall selling different, colourful spices but not only. You can find Turkish delight, various tea ...

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

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

    You will see this beautiful suspension bridge at its best when you take a cruise on the Bosphorus. It is a very important feat of engineering, connecting Europe to Asia. ...

  • 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

    Amazing place to soak up Istanbul's nightlife. Outdoor bars line the alleyways. Pass the day playing checkers and smoking hookah or come during the night to dance to live music ...

  • 9
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

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

    This view from the top is not to be missed. Don't worry, there's a lift to the top - only a few stairs to tackle. When you get down again ...

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

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

    The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul and the districts like Galata and Beyoğlu. Lots of cafes on Galata Bridge and a great place ...

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