This crossroads of east and west is a legendary city.

Today, we count our choices for Istanbul’s top ten attractions.

For this list, we are looking for the must-see tourist attractions and monuments of Turkey’s largest metropolis and its surroundings.

10 Spice Bazaar

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Istanbul is a city of glare, sounds and smells, but in few places is the statement truer than in Mesilla just ISA.

The city’s famous spice market, consisting of some 85 shops and dating from the middle.

1600s spice bazaar is a literal buffet for the senses, wherever you look mounds of brightly colored perfume.

Spices await alongside other local specialties such as dried fruit, herbs, nuts, honey and of course lucuma, otherwise known as Turkish delight if a must visit for any traveler.

The spice bazaar is not a tourist trap, it’s a job market where you can find goods of unparalleled quality, there are trinkets and tchotchkes to buy, but there are really no better souvenirs than the flavours on offer in this historic space.

9 Galata Tower

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Known under the name galata cool a word, in the Turkish language this beautiful medieval tower has been a

The crowning jewel of Istanbul’s skyline since its completion in 1348.

Rising well above its more modest structural peers in the catechu chord, the galata tower offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city, perched at the watery intersection of the Bosporus Strait, and is the Golden Horn entrance, this emblematic landmark is a testimony to the city’s rich history.

Admission is reasonable at less than $5.00 us, but try to visit during opening hours as the iconic status of the towers can result in very long sightseeing lines, and a crowded observation deck.

8 Istanbul Archaeology Museums

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Since Turkey is considered by many as the cradle of civilization, or at least one of them these temples.

Archaeology museums naturally have much to offer at home to over a million artifacts, they have covered not only the incredibly rich history of the region, but also civilizations from around the world dating back thousands of years.

Given the size of the collection, which is spread over three buildings, it is difficult to summarize the experience, but it is safe to say that Istanbul’s archaeology museums have something for everyone, one particular standout that is an attraction that cannot be missed is the impressive collection of sarcophagi.

7 Ortakoy

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Takei’s museums are of course a great place to appreciate the rich history of the country, but you can just as easily travel back in time by simply walking around the city.

Located on the European shore along the Bosphorus Ortakoy started as a humble village before being developed under the Ottoman Empire, because of its highly desirable location, over the years it has played many roles in the revolution and the city’s development, but what Takei has always been an important part of the city culturally, religiously and commercially.

Today, its inhabitants come from the Jewish Muslim and Christian religions, and the neighborhood center is rightly bordered by a mosque church, and the magnificent synagogue architecture tea houses restaurants and shops Ortakoy has got it all.

6 Cistern Basilica

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There are some structures that simply fill a visitor with a quiet feeling of fear.

The basilica cistern is such a spectacle built in the 6th century, when Istanbul was still known as Constantinople yes no, this song remained in your head.

The Basilica’s cistern is a testimony to the ingenuity of the Byzantine Empire, to the fact that we can still explore it today, it is a testimony to the quality of their constructions.

The cistern served as a water reservoir and filtration system for various buildings from the time of its construction to modern times.

Although it has since been removed, it has taken on a second life as a must-see attraction. More than a functional structure, it is also a work of art.

5 Sulemani Mosque

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The second largest of its kind in Istanbul.

The Suleymaniye Mosque dominates its surroundings, an eye-catching landmark even in a city renowned for its architecture. This astonishing structure was designed by the legendary chief builder of the Ottoman Empire,Marcy nan and was completed in 57 appointed as the Suleiman Forward Sultan who ruled from 1520 to 1566, and perched on top of the third of Istanbul’s seven historic hills.

The mosque is a mixture of Islamic and Byzantine architecture, which come together to wonderful effect, although it has some damage

4 Topkapi Palace

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Speaking of our inspiring structures, the Topkapi Palace is another living testimony of Istanbul’s history, which is sure to fill you with a sense of wonder.

Built in the 15th century, it was originally the main residence of the ruling Sultan, suffice it to say it is a decadent and sumptuous structure worthy of his past residence.

Although the building is historic at the time of its construction and four centuries after that, it was called the new palace to distinguish it from the former palace of esky satai.

It is also known as the imposing Cannonball Gate, when the Sultan lived there each ruler added their own touch to the palace in the form of an expansion.

Today, you can walk through its historical halls as a museum.

3 Princes Islands

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Don’t all visitors to Istanbul make the trip to the Princely Islands? But this is a huge mistake not locally like ghazal adelaar or just add a lot.

This archipelago consists of nine islands and made for a perfect day trip, once a place of exile during the time of the Byzantine Empire, these islands now collectively serve as an oasis of calm for Istanbul residents and visitors alike.

On the publicly accessible islands, cars are banned with bicycles and horse-drawn carriages serving instead as the main mode of transportation from the pristine forests to the picturesque houses.

This experience is well worth the ferry trip.

2 The Blue Mosque

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So named for its beautiful hand-painted blue tiles, the Blue Mosque is a must-see for any visitor. Officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, it was built over a period of seven years from 1609 to 1616.

This mosque looks like something out of a glorious dream, it has six minarets instead of the usual two or four, and it is surrounded by a green belt that adds to its overall magnificence.

Although its exterior is designed for a spectacular view, you really have to go inside to appreciate both the detail and the grandeur of the structure’s design.

The Blue Mosque is fortunately open to visitors, but it is still an active place of worship so please enjoy respectfully.

1 Sofia Practically

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Located next to the Blue Mosque, the aya sofia is the jewel of the city, a grandiose expression of both the wealth of the Byzantine Empire and its architectural prowess.

The aya sofia has survived since the year 537, it was the third church built there, but this structure far surpassed its predecessors in terms of ambition, it first served as a cathedral later became an imperial mosque under the Ottoman Empire, and finally today a majestic museum historically architectural II, and just in terms of beauty the aya sofia is rivaled by few structures.

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