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The majority of historical sites are located on the European side of Istanbul. There is so much to see and do, you may have to spend a few days touring the area just to get a glimpse of it all!

As you may know, Turkey’s population is mostly Muslim which lends to plenty of Mosques that you can visit. Three breathtaking mosques you can’t miss are the famous Blue Mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque, and the beautiful and newest Camlica Mosque.

 

 

Turkey has a lot of history and the Topakpi Palace from the 15tth century is not to be missed. Located on the Seraglio Point overlooking the Golden Horn, the palace sits on one of the highest points closest to the sea.

Next to the Topakpi Palace is the Basilica Cistern. Built between the 3rd and 4th centuries, the Basilica Cistern is the largest ancient cistern that lies beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern also provided a water filtration system for the palace and other buildings on the First Hill.

 

 

While you’re at the Basilica Cistern, stop by the Hippodrome, a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople during the Byzantine Empire.

Another major palace is the Dolmabahce Palace where the king and queen lived with their amazing collections!

 

There are an abundance of museums to enjoy. The most notable historical museums include the St. Sofia Museum, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Turkish Islamic Art Museum, Mosaic Museum and a small Chora Museum.

 

In terms of contemporary arts, you ought to visit the Istanbul Modern Museum, Pera Musuem and the Bozlu Art Project.

 

You will definitely enjoy the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, where you can pick up many souvenirs to bring home with you…I, myself, may have done a little too much shopping here!

Want a different perspective of the city? Visit Taksim Square and climb the Galata Tower.

Indulge in some shopping and make your way through the Istinye Park Shopping Mall and the Zorlu Center Shopping Mall where you’ll find many stores and an impressive selection of brand names. While there, you can also dine at one of their top-notch restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

To end your trip, enjoy a private sunset cruise and end with Istanbul’s impressive nightlife for an evening you won’t forget!

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