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TOP 10 places to visit in Istanbul

Posted by G5 Real Estate on March 10, 2019
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Istanbul’s strategic location between Europe and Asia on the ancient Silk Road has made it one of history’s most important cities. A list of its points of interest would be long enough to bridge the Bosphorus, so here’s a top 10 to make your itinerary more manageable:

1- Hagia Sophia

In Hagia Sophia, the immense dome crowning this church turned mosque turned museum was an architectural miracle in its time, although it took a lot of trial and error to get to that point: it collapsed twice.

2- Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Also commonly known as the Blue Mosque, the fine ?znik tiles adorning this magnificent structure may make it appear bluer than it actually is.

3- Dolmabahçe Palace

The glorious Dolmabahçe Palace dominates the European shoreline of the Bosphorus where it served as the key administrative center in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.

4-Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace, the one-time home of many Sultans, not only offers spectacular views of the city, but also houses treasures that make the Crown Jewels look like Claire’s Accessories.

 5-Galata Tower

As early as the 1600s, Ahmet Çelebi is said to have flown across the Bosphorus from the top of the Galata Tower. Most visitors will probably be content with the incredible views!

 6-Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest markets on the planet. A constant source of wonder, it’s also one of the world’s most visited places. Expect crowds at any time!

7-Süleymaniye Mosque

The stunning Süleymaniye Mosque was built for Suleiman the Magnificent by the great architect Sinan. If you’re feeling peckish, Ali Baba across the road might be the best restaurant in town for Turkish beans!

8-Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar otherwise known as the Egyptian Bazaar was created in 1660 and remains the place to go for spices, nuts, Turkish delight, and other divine tastes and smells!

9-Basilica Cistern

One of Istanbul’s most unusual sights, Roman relics have been reappropriated by Byzantian builders to support this complex system that once brought drinking water into the city.

 10-Maiden’s Tower

Perched on top of a tiny islet in the Bosphorus strait, this historic lighthouse was once a watchtower. It now also serves as a popular restaurant and café with splendid views of the city’s shoreline.

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