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Ranked #1 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #2 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Museums
Owner description: The Rahmi M Koç Museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and... more » Owner description: The Rahmi M Koç Museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications. Housed in magnificent buildings - themselves prime examples of industrial archaeology - on the shore of the historic Golden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircraft. « less
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Ranked #3 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Famed architect Sinan built this majestic structure for one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Although this... more » Owner description: Famed architect Sinan built this majestic structure for one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Although this mosque is less ornate, there are many similarities between it and the Hagia Sophia since the same architect was responsible for both. « less
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Ranked #4 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: One of the smaller mosques in the city, it was built by Rustem Pasa in 1561 and is noted for the very fine tiles covering the... more » Owner description: One of the smaller mosques in the city, it was built by Rustem Pasa in 1561 and is noted for the very fine tiles covering the interior and exterior walls. « less
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Ranked #5 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Art Museums; History Museums
Owner description: The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered... more » Owner description: The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of İstanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottomon rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes. « less
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Ranked #6 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods; Historic Walking Areas
The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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Ranked #7 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; History Museums; Historic Sites
Owner description: This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its interior, and a wide, flat dome which was a bold... more » Owner description: This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its interior, and a wide, flat dome which was a bold engineering feat at the time it was constructed in the 6th century. « less
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Ranked #8 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Ancient Ruins

The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace", or Yerebatan Sarnıcı - "Sunken Cistern") is located in opposite of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque). it's a... more »

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Ranked #9 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Museums
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Ranked #10 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ranked #11 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Religious Sites

Just amazing! Travellers call it "Blue Mosque" but Turks call it ''SultanAhmet Mosque". If it is in your itinerary both ways, it is NOT two places, but the same place. Built... more »

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Ranked #12 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
Owner description: This mosque stands outside the city walls at the location where Hz Eyyubu El-Ensari, a noted Islamic individual, died in the... more » Owner description: This mosque stands outside the city walls at the location where Hz Eyyubu El-Ensari, a noted Islamic individual, died in the assault on Constantinople in 670 AD. « less
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Ranked #13 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #14 of 633 attractions in Istanbul

 Ottoman Relics Tour by Tourqo.com (SAC2) Half Day Afternoon Tour (Walking Tour) Topkapı Palace was the main residence of the sultan and his court.It was initially the seat of... more »

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Ranked #15 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: History Museums
Owner description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million... more » Owner description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts. « less
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Ranked #16 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Shops; Specialty Shops
Owner description: Giycek Old Time Photo Studio is the one & only old time photo studio in Istanbul and it is based in Galata district very... more » Owner description: Giycek Old Time Photo Studio is the one & only old time photo studio in Istanbul and it is based in Galata district very close to both Galata Tower and Tunel Square on Istiklal Street. Our issue is to provide fun, original, unforgettable experience and long lasting memory of Istanbul for Istanbul travellers. We have a wide range of costumes of different periods during Ottoman Era under the concepts of Dynasty, Millitary and much more. « less
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Ranked #17 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Parks
Owner description: Minaturk is just what it sounds like: a mini version of treasures found in Turkey. The park contains 105 models done in... more » Owner description: Minaturk is just what it sounds like: a mini version of treasures found in Turkey. The park contains 105 models done in 1/25th scale, about half of them from Istanbul and the rest from Anatolia and the Ottoman territories outside of Turkey. « less
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Ranked #18 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Museums
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Ranked #19 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Historic Sites; Museums
This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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Ranked #20 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #21 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: This mosque was positioned on a hill overlooking the harbor at Eminonu. Today, the local pigeons make their home in its... more » Owner description: This mosque was positioned on a hill overlooking the harbor at Eminonu. Today, the local pigeons make their home in its graceful domes and arches. « less
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Ranked #22 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Ranked #23 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Category: Art Museums
Owner description: Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the... more » Owner description: Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the platform that presents diverse forms of art that can be experienced at Istanbul Modern in addition to an arts library, a shop that combines design with art and its cafe and restaurant that offers its visitors a fantastic view of Istanbul. « less
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Ranked #24 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #25 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Named for the Ottoman conqueror of Istanbul, this mosque was part of a large religious complex atop one of the city's many... more » Owner description: Named for the Ottoman conqueror of Istanbul, this mosque was part of a large religious complex atop one of the city's many hills. Among the other original buildings in the complex were a school, library and hospital. « less
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Ranked #26 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect her from being bitten by a snake. Over the years... more » Owner description: According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect her from being bitten by a snake. Over the years the tower has been used as a customs station, lighthouse and a residence for retired naval officers. « less
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Ranked #27 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Parks

Emirgan Park is a lovely place to spend some time in greenery away from the city.  It overlooks the Bosphorus in the suburb of Emirgan. The park, one of the largest in Istanbul... more »

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Ranked #28 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: Odullu Aynali Labirent, Restoran, Fotograf Studyosu, Hediyelik Esya. Mirrormaze, Cafe, Retail, Photography Studio. The Idea... more » Owner description: Odullu Aynali Labirent, Restoran, Fotograf Studyosu, Hediyelik Esya. Mirrormaze, Cafe, Retail, Photography Studio. The Idea is to combine entertainment, education, merchandising and food in one compact attraction. The Mirrormaze alone is exciting, interesting and mesmerizing experience. Our first concept store is Pirates of Istanbul and its conceived, designed and implemented in historically accurate Pirates theme. The Mirror Adventures is owned and managed by Showtime Holding A.S. Which is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Based Showtime Pictures LLC. Showtime Pictures LLC is the world's largest photography concession company with worldwide operations. Showtime Holding also is the management solutions partner of Kizkulesi in Istanbul. In 2012, Kizkulesi transformed in to a museum-attraction with a White Glove Service standards restaurant. The Mirror Adventures will create a chain of attraction - restaurants in different themes and the concept and design patents and trademarks are owned by Showtime Holding A.S. Pirates of Istanbul (Istanbul Korsanlari) bir Aspen Dijital DLS isletmesidir. « less
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Ranked #29 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Museums
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Ranked #30 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Aquariums
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