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Ranked #31 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Parks
Owner description: Istanbul Dolphinarium presents you a unique chance to explore the fascinating world of sea mammals. Here, by taking a closer... more » Owner description: Istanbul Dolphinarium presents you a unique chance to explore the fascinating world of sea mammals. Here, by taking a closer look at these magnificent creatures, you will get to know them better and realize the importance of these species in our world's Nature. Istanbul Dolphinarium invites the visitors of all ages to meet in person merry dolphins, playful fur seals, massive walruses and the gorgeous white whale! Here, you can watch marine mammals' exciting show, swim, interact or SCUBA dive with the dolphins. Also, there are individual dolphin-therapy sessions for the kids with special needs. « less
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Ranked #32 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: The Biggest Thematic Aquarium of the World İstanbul Akvaryum, where fish species living in the world’s seas can be seen, with... more » Owner description: The Biggest Thematic Aquarium of the World İstanbul Akvaryum, where fish species living in the world’s seas can be seen, with the size of its travel route, thematic areas, a thousand square meter rainforest and interactive new generation technology compared to other aquariums in its field.Are you ready to travel on a route covering 16 thematic areas from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean and Amazon Rainforest by following a geographic route? Cultural, geographic, historical and architectural characteristics of relevant area, decorative items, interactive plays, sound and lighting, films and visual graphics where detailed information on that area are available in the thematic areas. Visitors can see sea animals belonging to these regions and get information about geographic and cultural characteristics of that region. What to Expect from İstanbul Akvaryum?Fish Feeding HoursIt is possible for you to watch this excellent show, during which our expert aquarists feed the most interesting living creatures of our aquarium. We look forward to seeing you at Istanbul Akvaryum, if you want to witness how Istanbul Akvaryum eat their meals by following fish feeding session.Amazon Rainforest in Istanbul…This section that makes the aquarium unique gives you similar feelings to Amazon rainforest. 5D CinemaThis special cinema in Istanbul Akvaryum that has the best motion program across the world takes the audience to different worlds with five movie options.Hurricane SimulatorYou will feel like you are in the middle of hurricane and live moments of excitement and adrenaline in our exclusively designed hurricane simulator. Mirror MazeYou will come across similar passages, endless reflections, thrilling dead-ends and new surprises at every corner while you are trying to find Mysterious Antique Totem of Amazon.Diving with Sharksİstanbul Akvaryum diving certificate is awarded to individuals, who dive after 30 minute diving activity in Istanbul Akvaryum, where diving with sharks and rays is possible in the main tank with a water capacity of 4 thousand cubic meters, which hosts 5 thousand creatures. « less
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Ranked #33 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Architectural Buildings

Dolmabahce was the residence of the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Besides a very glamorous palace, Dolmabahce sarayi is of great importance to the Turks since Atatürk, the... more »

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Ranked #34 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Noted for its interesting construction and exceptionally high dome, this mosque was built in 1557 for the daughter of a... more » Owner description: Noted for its interesting construction and exceptionally high dome, this mosque was built in 1557 for the daughter of a Sultan. « less
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Ranked #35 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: A new turtle exhibit opened at Turkuazoo Aquarium.Turtle shelter features five different species of turtles including Catetta... more » Owner description: A new turtle exhibit opened at Turkuazoo Aquarium.Turtle shelter features five different species of turtles including Catetta Caretta, Green Turtle, Alligator Snapping, Mata Mata and common turtles almost guests to get nose-to-nose with these casual swimmers.Turkuazoo is Turkey’s biggest aquarium; an exciting, interactive and thoroughly immersive experience for the whole family! Take the plunge and journey through rivers and streams, along the coastline, to the deep depths of the ocean and through the rainforests of the world! An underwater safari takes guests through our 80m underwater tunnel: with stunning 270° panoramic views, it’s just like taking a walk along the ocean floor!Shows take place every hour throughout the aquarium, where guests can see our expert divers feeding the sharks and fish! During school holidays look out for other special events and activities like our Mermaid, Fairy Tail, Pirate and Sponge Bob Square Pants underwater shows. « less
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Ranked #36 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods
This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many restaurants, shops and artist galleries.
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Ranked #37 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Bridges
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Ranked #38 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
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Ranked #39 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #40 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #41 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Military Museums
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Ranked #42 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Museums
Owner description: Inaugurated on 8 June 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation with the aim of... more » Owner description: Inaugurated on 8 June 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation with the aim of offering a broad range of high-quality culture and arts services. « less
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Ranked #43 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #44 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #45 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Historic Sites; Observation Decks/ Towers
Owner description: Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of Istanbul. It was used as a watchtower to help defend... more » Owner description: Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of Istanbul. It was used as a watchtower to help defend the city. « less
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Ranked #46 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Art Museums
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Ranked #47 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: History Museums
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Ranked #48 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods; Parks
Owner description: Located on the Bosphorus shore, Bebek Park, named for the district in which it is found, was opened to the public in 1908... more » Owner description: Located on the Bosphorus shore, Bebek Park, named for the district in which it is found, was opened to the public in 1908 after the Proclamation of the Second Constitutional Era. it was restored by a team led by the italian architect Ermanno Casasco and reopened as Turkan Sabanci Bebek Park in 2008. « less
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Ranked #49 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods
Owner description: This neighborhood in the modern section of the city is home to many foreign consulates, and is popular for its restaurants... more » Owner description: This neighborhood in the modern section of the city is home to many foreign consulates, and is popular for its restaurants and nightlife. « less
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Ranked #50 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Bodies of Water; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: This river separates the old and new sections of Istanbul. The commercial center of the city for 2000 years, many markets... more » Owner description: This river separates the old and new sections of Istanbul. The commercial center of the city for 2000 years, many markets and the Chamber of Commerce still line its shores today. « less
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Ranked #51 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Art Museums
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Ranked #52 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Performances
Owner description: 1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free... more » Owner description: 1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 2. Rhythm of the Dance :Featuring variety of charming folkloric dances of Anatolia , Balkans and Caucasian regions combined with exotic oriental dances. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with White Rose . Price : 70 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 3. White Rose : A theatral dance show that sensationally combines oriental dance , harem dance and modern dance together. Theme is based on an extraordinary true love story of an Ottoman slave woman and ambassador during Tulip Period in 17TH Century. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with Rhythm of the Dance . Price : 80 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. See our website for the calendar of the shows. « less
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Ranked #53 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Neighborhoods

Bagdat street is the heart of the Asian side of Istanbul. The lively part starts in Bostanci, across from the boat house and ends in Kiziltoprak, near Kadikoy. There are many... more »

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Ranked #54 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: History Museums; Art Museums; Ancient Ruins
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Ranked #55 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Ancient Ruins; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
Owner description: This fortress of walls helped to protect the city but its towers were also used to house prisoners as well as the state's... more » Owner description: This fortress of walls helped to protect the city but its towers were also used to house prisoners as well as the state's treasury. « less
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Ranked #56 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
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Ranked #57 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #58 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: These stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect Constantinople, what is now known as Istanbul, from attack... more » Owner description: These stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect Constantinople, what is now known as Istanbul, from attack by land and sea. The walls largely remained intact until sections began to be dismantled in the 19th century, as the city outgrew its medieval boundaries. Many parts of the walls survived and are still standing today. « less
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Ranked #59 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #60 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Category: Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign heads of state visiting the Ottoman capital. Several... more » Owner description: This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign heads of state visiting the Ottoman capital. Several palaces had been built and demolished at this site over the years. The present structure was built between 1861-1865 and has six staterooms and 26 smaller rooms. « less
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