Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    294 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
    155 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryArtsyFamilies

    Plan to spend a few hours here if you want to see everything. A variety of rooms and areas to explore the different portions of the palace.

  • 3
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

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

    No trip to Istanbul would be complete without experiencing the ancient bustling marketplaces of the Grand Bazaar in the Old City. For more than five centuries, merchants and craftsmen have ...

  • 4
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    218 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 ...

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

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

    Out of all the places I've been to in the world, the Basilica Cistern has by far been one of the most interesting. There's an air of mystery with this ...

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    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

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

    Spices is the most important part of food's taste. I bought very good spices from there. they are expert to mixing spices.

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

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

    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
    107 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesFoodies

    Taksim square is basically the center of Istanbul. Anything your heart could desire is in Taksim or down Istiklal Caddesi (street). This is where I usually am on a Friday ...

  • 9
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

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

    The Galata Tower is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. If you are in Istanbul You must visit it ...

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

    Ranked #10 overall in Istanbul things to do
    81 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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