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The Historical Istanbul

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Istanbul is a great city connecting Europe and Asia, it is a great city for history, food and architecture lovers. In this guide you will get the best of the Historical Istanbul.I have made sure to include all the great historical attractions in one tour.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

25 Places

6 City Tips

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25 Places

Day 1

Basilica Cistern

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums

Mosaic Museum

Ancient Ruins, Art Museums, History Museums

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

History Museums

New Hatay Restaurant

Restaurants

Eminonu Square

Neighborhoods

Rustem Pasha Mosque

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

Yeni Cami

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

Spice Bazaar

Gift & Specialty Shops

Day 2

Topkapi Palace

History Museums

Sultans' Turbes

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

Art Museums

Blue Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites

Ziya Sark Sofrasi

Restaurants

Kapali Carsi

Flea & Street Markets

Suleymaniye Mosque

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

Day 3

Dolmabahce Palace

Architectural Buildings

Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites

Taksim Square

Neighborhoods

Istiklal Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Galata Mevlevi Museum

Specialty Museums

Galata Tower

Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers

Galata Bridge

Bridges

Ortakoy

Neighborhoods

Buyuk Mecidiye Cami

Sacred & Religious Sites

MahAshraf's City Tips

  • Make sure your hotel is on the Tram. My favourite area in Istanbul is Sirkeci, it is close to the Sultanahmet and to the Galata bridge which takes to the istiklal street and taksim square
  • Get all your taxis from the hotel and make sure they use a meter as many taxis will try to force you to pay higher fares or even adjust their meters so you pay them more.
  • Avoid booking tours with travel agencies as it is too expensive and you can arrange way better tours on your own.
  • Visit Istanbul in Summer. The weather in winter will be very cold and most of the parks and gardens will be covered with snow and you won't be able to enjoy them
  • It would be great to buy the Museum card from the first day. It is the best way to visit all the museums at a good price. Make sure to get it from a less crowded museum
  • Make sure to buy the Istanbulkart from the first day, as it is the fastest and cheapest way to travel around
    Day 1
  • Basilica Cistern
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The Basilica Cistern is a magnificent structure beneath the streets of Istanbul. It was built in 476 AD as a water storage. It is famous for its infinite marble columns and for the thick fire brick walls. At the end of the cistern you will see the amazing Medusa head used as an inverted column base. Plan to spend from one to two hours in the cistern.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get there early as queues are very long and it is not included in the Museum card
    • For photographers make sure to have a good flash as some parts are very dark
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 10/22/2018
    • Victim of its own success 10/21/2018
    • Basilica Cistern
    Address:
    Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3
    Istanbul 34410
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 512 15 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The Amazing building will stun you as soon as you see it. It was built as a church and converted to a mosque by Sultan Mehmet the conquerer. The main part of the building is amazing and the dome is bigger your expectations. Climb the stone ramp to the upper deck to get a magnificent view of the dome and the building as a whole. Don't forget to observe the mosaics on the walls of the upper deck.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to have your museum card before visiting Hagia Sophia to avoid very long queues.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful architecture 10/22/2018
    • Amazing 10/21/2018
    • Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Address:
    Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 1750
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mosaic Museum
    Ancient Ruins, Art Museums, History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The mosaic museum is situated inside the Arasta bazaar. It contains mosaics from the Byzantine palaces. You should visit it if you are interested in Byzantine history and architecture.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take a walk in the Arasta bazaar before entering the museum, it contains authentic turkish items,
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular 10/06/2018
    • Intriguing 10/03/2018
    • Mosaic Museum
    Address:
    Torun Sok.
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 444 6 893
    Other:
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
    History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    Built by the ottomans in the 19th century, the Archaeological museum of Istanbul houses 1 million items. You will find items from Egypt, Levant and Anatolia. Make sure to visit all parts of the museum to see items from all civilisations.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Under restoration, some areas closed. 10/09/2018
    • Not what I expected 10/07/2018
    • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
    Address:
    Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu
    Sultanahmet
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 520 77 40
    Other:
  • New Hatay Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Fusion)
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The restaurant is situated in a street in Sirkeci and it is a great place to have your lunch before heading to Eminonu. Try to get an outdoor table. The prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly. You will be offered complimentary deserts and tea.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Try the authentic Urfa Kebab, my personal favourite.
    • Don't forget the Yaprak Sarma as an appetiser.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 8,305 restaurants in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good staff and atmosphere 09/29/2018
    • Such good food, such good staff! 09/18/2018
    • New Hatay Restaurant
    Address:
    Hocapasa Mahallesi, Hudavendigar Caddesi, Mehmet Murat Sokak No: 8/7
    Fatih
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 511 53 39
  • Eminonu Square
    Neighborhoods
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The beautiful square over-looking the golden horn must be visited and it is definitely the best place to spend your first evening in Istanbul. Spend some time strolling the square. Don't forget to try the sweet corn sold on stalls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place 10/07/2018
    • Good to go 09/19/2018
    • Eminonu Square
    Address:
    Eminonu Square
    Eminonu Square, Istanbul
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 506 769 33 92
    Other:
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The hidden gem of Eminonu. The mosque is decorated using magnificent blue ionic tiles. Try to ask one of the local shop keepers about the entrance as you won't find it easily. One of the most peaceful and quite mosques of Istanbul

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Search for the entrance or ask one of the local shop keepers
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t bother 10/03/2018
    • Closed!! 09/12/2018
    • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Address:
    Hasircilar Carsisi
    Eminonu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
  • Yeni Cami
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    MahAshraf Says:

    New is relative. The mosque was started in 1597 and finished in 1665. Great from the outside and beautiful from the inside, plan to spend some time there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New Mosque 10/09/2018
    • Restoration 10/03/2018
    • Yeni Cami
    Address:
    Rustem Pasa Mh.
    Eminonu
    Istanbul 34116
    Turkey
  • Spice Bazaar
    Gift & Specialty Shops
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The spice bazaar is considered by some people to be better than the grand bazaar. You will find all authentic turkish goods, spices, clothes, handcrafts are all available. It may be a little crowded in the evening but make sure to visit it while in eminonu

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 575 Shopping in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better prices outside 10/21/2018
    • Lots of product not sure I wanted to buy 10/17/2018
    • Spice Bazaar
    Address:
    Rustem Pasa Mahallesi 34116 Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 537 646 63 31
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Topkapi Palace
    History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    Simply the best. You will be able to know how extravagant the sultan's life was. The palace is made up of 4 courtyards each containing a couple of rooms and galleries. In the second courtyard you will find the kitchen which houses the china ware of the sultan. It also contains the imperial council hall right beneath the famous tower of justice. The third courtyard contains the royal jewellery museum and other galleries showcasing the treasures of the ottomans. The Harem section is worth a visit as it contains some extremely beautiful rooms. The final courtyard contains some of the sultan's private kiosk and a magnificent terrace with overlooks the Bosphorus, Marmara sea and the golden horn.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try searching for a map and don't forget any of the galleries
    • The islamic relics section has the same dress rules as mosques
    • The harem has an independant ticket which must be booked from outside (included in museum card)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must See! 10/22/2018
    • One of many sights worth seeing 10/21/2018
    • Topkapi Palace
    Address:
    Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
    Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 44 22
    Other:
  • Sultans' Turbes
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The sultan's tombs are outside Hagia Sophia and can be entered for free. The entrance is hard to find, it is a few minutes walk in the Sultanahmet direction from the Topkapi gates. It contains the tombs of some of the most of the powerful ottoman sultans. Although it doesn't have a high rating it is worth a visit to know more about the ottoman life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ask some local for the entrance
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #247 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    • Peaceful 05/27/2018
    • At the rear of the Haghia Sophia 10/16/2017
    • Sultans' Turbes
    Address:
    Kabasacal Cd
    Istanbul
    Turkey
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
    Art Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The museum was once the palace of one of the most powerful grand viziers of the empire, Pargali Ibrahim Pasha. The museum contains many items that tells you more about the life of the ottomans. The museum is adjacent to the famous blue mosque

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • House of Historic Artwork 10/16/2018
    • Loved it 10/03/2018
    • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
    Address:
    At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 18 05
    Other:
  • Blue Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The famous Sultanahmet is one of the most known monuments of Istanbul. Take your time to admire the wall tiles and the calligraphic paintings. If you are not a muslim avoid visiting during times of prayer as the mosque will be closed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to find a quiet spot as it may be overcrowded.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 10/21/2018
    • Amazing mashid 10/21/2018
    • Blue Mosque
    Address:
    Sultanahmet
    Sultanahmet Mah
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 13 19
    Other:
  • Ziya Sark Sofrasi
    Restaurants (Turkish)
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The restaurant is near the entrance of the Gulhane park and the archaelogical museum. The staff are very fast and the food quality is great. In my opinion, they have the best kebabs in Istanbul

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Fabulous local cuisine 08/04/2016
    • Great Food 05/31/2015
    • Ziya Sark Sofrasi
    Address:
    Alemdar Cad. No:28/A Sultanahmet, Fatih
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    5127750
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kapali Carsi
    Flea & Street Markets
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The most famous bazaar in Istanbul. The easiest way to get there is taking the tram to Beyazit station. Take your time while walking through the bazaar and note the price range not to be scammed. In my opinion, the grand bazaar contains treasures for those who know how to search

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to bargain as much as you can, most sellers multiply the real price by 2 or 3 so that they don't lose much even if they cut down the price
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Grand Bazaar 10/19/2018
    • Very nice 10/18/2018
    • Kapali Carsi
    Phone:
    +90 212 519 12 48
    Other:
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The Suleymaniye mosque is few minutes walk from the bazaar and is considered to be one of the most important mosques in Istanbul. The mosque was built by the great architect Sinan. Behind the mosque is the tomb of Suleiman the magnificent and his famous wife Hürrem sultan, plan to spend a few minutes there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful mosque 10/21/2018
    • Everything covered for renovation 10/21/2018
    • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Address:
    Sinan Aga Mah. Zeyrek Cad. No:4
    Zeyrek, Fatih
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 537 221 97 87
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Dolmabahce Palace
    Architectural Buildings
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    MahAshraf Says:

    In the early morning, take a tram to Kabatas and walk to the palace. The palace was built in the 19th century to show the empire's wealth. It is considered to be one of the most extravagant palaces in Europe. 14 tonnes of gold were used in decorating the palace. The ceremonial hall contains Europe's biggest crystal chandelier. The palace is known for the extensive use of baccarat crystal. The Harem section is worth a visit as it contains some beautiful salons and the deathbed of Atatürk. Spend a plenty of time in the painting gallery as it is well decorated and contains some great paintings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try not to follow the tour guide, spend all the time you can inside the palace
    • The painting gallery, clock museum and the crystal pavilion can be easily missed, make sure to search for them and visit them
    • You will be free to tour the painting gallery on your own pace, it is as beautiful as the palace, make sure to spend as much time as you want.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular! 10/20/2018
    • Beautiful space 10/20/2018
    • Dolmabahce Palace
    Phone:
    +90 212 236 90 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    The dolmabahce mosque is close to the palace and is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. Although it is small it is very well decorated. Plan to pass by it while you are walking from the palace to Kabatas

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #227 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    • Beautiful 03/12/2017
    • A must if u vist dolmabahçe palace 01/05/2017
    • Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque
    Address:
    Arpa Emini Mah. Gureba Hastane Cad.
    Capa, Fatih
    Istanbul 34357
    Turkey
  • Taksim Square
    Neighborhoods
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    MahAshraf Says:

    Take the funicular from Kabatas to Taksim after visiting the Dolmabahce. Taksim square is the most known square in Istanbul, spend some time in the centre of the square then head to the Istiklal street.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    • Just a square 10/22/2018
    • Cannot understand why this makes the tour books 10/19/2018
    • Taksim Square
    Address:
    Gumussuyu Mh.
    Beyoglu
    Istanbul 34437
    Turkey
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Istiklal Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The most famous street in Istanbul. Try to listen to some street musician and eat an ice cream. The street starts from Taksim square and ends in Beyoglu. Try to get to the Heritage tram using your IstabulKart.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shopping high street brands 10/21/2018
    • Shopping and fun! 10/20/2018
    • Istiklal Street
    Address:
    istiklal street Taksim
    Beyoglu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 532 421 61 64
    Other:
  • Galata Mevlevi Museum
    Specialty Museums
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    Located in at the end of the Istiklal street, it is situated in one side of Beyoglu square. The museum contains some of the items of the mevlevi dervishes as this is the oldest tekkie in Istanbul. Make sure to witness the Sema ceremony. Check their website in advance to know the exact times of the ceremony.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book your tickets for the sea ceremony in advance as they are quite popular
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Possible to get the Dervish dance tickets on the day 10/14/2018
    • Mesmerizing 07/17/2018
    • Galata Mevlevi Museum
    Address:
    Sahkulu Mah. Galip Dede Cad. No:15
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 245 41 41
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Galata Tower
    Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers
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    MahAshraf Says:

    After you finish your tour in Beyoglu head to the galata tower. The tower caters-for the best 360 degree views of the city. The terrace is narrow so try to climb the tower when there are few tourists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It os not a must see! 10/20/2018
    • amazing area 10/20/2018
    • Galata Tower
    Address:
    Buyuk Hendek Cad.
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 293 81 80
    Other:
  • Galata Bridge
    Bridges
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The galata bridge is the best way to experience the golden horn after you get down from the tower. The bridge will take you back to eminonu square. There are many fish restaurants beneath the bridge which you should try.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Connecting old with new 10/18/2018
    • Nice place to stroll 10/17/2018
    • Galata Bridge
    Address:
    Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi
    Beyoglu
    Istanbul 34425
    Turkey
  • Ortakoy
    Neighborhoods
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The best place to spend the last evening in Istanbul is Ortakoy. Take the ferry from any port to Ortakoy and you will be there in few minutes. The area is famous for its great views of the bosphorus bridge and for its restaurants and cafes. The main attraction in the area is the Ortakoy mosque (also known as Buyuk Mecidiye Cami).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Safe neighborhood. Interesting people watching. Great views. Try Kumpir! 10/20/2018
    • Worth to visit 10/14/2018
    • Ortakoy
  • Buyuk Mecidiye Cami
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    MahAshraf Says:

    The Buyuk Mecidiye Cami (Ortakoy mosque) is the most beautiful Baroque mosque in Istanbul, built as an imperial mosque by sultan Abdulmecid the Buyuk Mecidiye Cami is one the best places in Istanbul

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 1,138 things to do in Istanbul
    • Simple but elegant! 09/27/2018
    • Grand Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque) 09/23/2018
    • Buyuk Mecidiye Cami
    Address:
    Mecidiye Mah. Cami Sok. No:2
    Ortakoy, Besiktas
    Istanbul
    Turkey
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