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Tourists’ guide for the best places to visit in Istanbul

the best places to visit in Istanbul

Istanbul includes many well-known landmarks and best places that attract tourists to travel to Turkey to visit these places.

This great city “Istanbul” has a long and bright history, with countless cultural landmarks, from watching wonderful buildings, museums and cruises on the Bosphorus Strait, to shopping and eating on local and international restaurants.

If you are planning to take a tour in Istanbul, this guide will help you to know the best historical places you can visit in Istanbul.

Top tourists’ attractions in Istanbul-Turkey

Top tourists' attractions in Istanbul-Turkey
Best Top tourists’ attractions in Istanbul-Turkey

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles used to decorate its interior walls.

It was built between 1609 and 1617 by Sultan Ahmed I, the idea was to build a monument that would not only rival but exceed the magnificent Hagia Sophia.

The Blue Mosque is located on the European side of Istanbul, it’s a five-minute walk to Hagia Sophia, right across the square.

All visitors are required to wear appropriate and modest clothing and cover their heads before entering the mosque.

The staff will be pleased to provide loaned scarves and head coverings at the entrance if you do not have a one.

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Best places in Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Best places in Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Best places in Istanbul Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı), Istanbul, is one of the top tourist attractions in the world.

It is an ancient architectural maze that has an area of 30,700, consists of 61 streets and 4,000 shops.

A visit here is not just about shopping for souvenirs, with its huge arched main streets and narrow alleys.

The Grand Bazaar is one of the historical places in Istanbul that let you know the Ottoman life.

Shopping in the bazaar has a special feature, we advise you when shopping to take your time to chat and bargain.

For a better experience, try to visit the Grand Bazaar at a comfortable pace and not rush from one store to another.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
Historical Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern church, also known as “Sunken Cistern” is one of the main tourist attractions in Sultanahmet-Istanbul, with more than 2.2 million tourists visit it annually.

The columns of the cistern seem endless, with a length of 140 meters, a width of 70 meters, and the distance between each column is 4.80 meters.

Columns are not the same, they all have different styles and prove that the architects may use recycled columns brought from the ancient cities, as they did in the construction of Hagia Sophia.

Basilica Cistern got its name from the historical Stoa Basilica, which is one of the two large public squares in Constantinople.

The Basilica Cistern and many other underground cisterns such as the Philoxenus Cistern (Bin Bir Direk Sarnıcı), the Cistern of Goodwill (Şerefiye Sarnıcı) and the cistern under the Nakkash center, were all built as water storage tanks to solve the Constantinople water issue and also to supply the residents with enough water in the days of the siege.

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Best places in Istanbul Miniaturk Museum and Park

Best places in Istanbul Miniaturk Museum and Park
Best places in Istanbul Miniaturk Museum and Park

It is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Istanbul for the ones who love exploring historical places.

Miniaturk Park is located in Sütlüce area, to the northeast of Golden Horn Bay, Istanbul.

The park includes 108 models of famous landmarks, buildings and monuments that attract many tourists in the world.

So, if you do not have enough time to visit all Istanbul places, Miniaturk is a great chance to see and know the most important landmarks in Turkey.

You will find many interesting places in the park, such as a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and a parking for cars.

This will help you to teach your kids about Turkey and its history in an entertainment way.

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Eyup Sultan Mosque

Eyup Sultan Mosque
Eyup Sultan Mosque

One of the most amazing religious places to see in Istanbul, the Eyup Sultan Mosque is located near the Golden Horn.

It is a very important mosque where many people believe that Abu Ayyub Ansari was buried, a man who was a close friend of the Prophet Mohammad.

The mosque was traditionally the place where the coronation ceremonies of the new Ottoman sultans were held.

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Buyukada

Buyukada
Buyukada

A must-visit place in Istanbul, as it is the largest of the Princes’ Islands, a group of islands in Marmara Sea.

The island covers about five square kilometers and is easy to explore on foot or by bike. It is also free of transportation.

There are many attractions on the island, including ancient religious buildings, elegant palaces, and two hills that offer great views for visitors.

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Emirgan Park

Emirgan Park
Best landmark in Istanbul Emirgan Park

Emirgan Park is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul that covers about 117 acres (47 hectares).

It is surrounded by a high wall, beautiful mansions and a popular recreational place, where there are walking tracks and places to eat and drink.

There are other famous places in Istanbul, including the Hamidiye Mosque, the former home of Leon Trotsky, the Greek Orthodox Church of Panagia, the Armenian Church, San Pacivo Church, and the historic palaces of Meze, Kon Pasha and Fabiato.

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