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Hagia Sophia Museum
4.6/5
1,044 Reviews
Church
The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the Byzantine Empire. Its construction began in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages and then converted into a mosque during occupation by the Ottoman Empire. It has now been secularized and converted into Turkey’s most visited museum, with preserved murals covering the plaster walls. Most have been restored to resemble their original appearance. The building is a true spectacle featuring the overlap of Christianity and Islam, and is a very special site well worth visiting.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
4.6/5
1,154 Reviews
Mosque
Situated on the bank of the Bosphorus Strait is one of Istanbul's landmarks, the Blue Mosque. It features a magnificent and eye-catching, enormous round dome. The Blue Mosque, also called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, was built under the rule of Sultan Ahmed during the Ottoman Empire. The Blue Mosque derives its name from the more than 20,000 blue ceramic tiles used to decorate its interior. These exquisite blue ceramic tiles are one of the mosque's highlights. The tiles are engraved with rich patterns and Arabic inscriptions, which are the perfect embodiment of the unique features of Islamic art.
Bosporus
4.6/5
682 Reviews
Strait/Fjord
The Bosporus Strait, which divides Istanbul in two, is also known as the Strait of Istanbul. It connects the Black Sea in the north to the Marmara and Mediterranean Sea in the south, splitting Turkey into a European side and an Asian side. Both sides are famous historical districts in Istanbul. A common way to enjoy the Bosporus is by tour cruise. Sailing down the Bosphorous offers a great view of scenic spots on each side of the strait accompanied by the beauty of the water itself, especially at sunset when the scenery becomes particularly mesmerizing.
Basilica Cistern
4.5/5
565 Reviews
Historical Site
The Basilica Cistern is located next to the Hagia Sophia Museum and was built under the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. It has a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water, served as an underground reservoir used by the Byzantine and Ottoman Palaces and is still in use today. The Basilica Cistern is now a famous tourist attraction due to its historic importance and architectural beauty. In the dim light of the Basilica Cistern, thick Corinthian stone pillars support massive brick vaults engraved with exquisite reliefs. Sometimes you can even find fish swimming about. Because of the unique air of mystery here, it has served as a filming site for both the James Bond installment, “Skyfall”, and Jackie Chan’s “Secret City”.

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D34***93   
Istanbul - Turkey: Blue Mosque is a historical site in Istanbul which is the must to visit. Both outside and inside are more than our expectation. The place is beautiful and charming especislly when you go inside. How could they build this kind of thing?!? This is always my questions! 🕌🕌🕌
Posted: Dec 10, 2019
EvaHuaaa   
Istanbul's major attractions are not far away, you can get a card in 1-2 days Ready for a day 30,000 steps Itinerary overview: Hagia Sophia - Groundwater Palace - Blue Mosque - Istanbul Archaeological Museum - Top Kappa Palace - Galata Tower - Bosphorus (except for Galata Tower, the rest of the attractions are within walking distance) Attractions: Saint Sophia Cathedral Monday Rest, Tuesday-Sunday 9
Posted: Aug 29, 2019
MadameLee   
3 days to take you to the popular attractions in Istanbul Istanbul is a city with a long history, there are too many things to taste, three days to run all the attractions is not enough, but this three days can take its essence, let You gently pick up its mysterious veil. D1: Topkapi Palace - Hagia Sophia - Groundwater Palace - Blue Mosque D2: Grand Bazaar - Suleyman Mosque - Galata Bridge - Galata Tower D3: Independence Avenue - Cruise Cruise Bosphorus Topkapi Palace Turkey's extremely luxurious palace, the Royal Territory is equivalent to the Forbidden City in Beijing, there are many luxurious courtyards, the back garden Walk to the beautiful Bosphorus. Saint Sophia Cathedral Topkapi Palace, next to the church and the mosque, has a history of more than 1,500 years, and there is a very tall dome symbolizing God, Kim The yellow murals are exquisite. The underground water palace the reservoir of the ancient times, just beside the Hagia Sophia, it is very cool to walk under the ground, the famous "Medusa" stone statue is in the innermost part of the water palace With. Blue Mosque One of the world's top ten wonders, is also the national mosque in Turkey, there are large blue tiles on the lobby wall, many locals are praying, the door must be barefoot, female To use a headscarf to Baotou. very large indoor market, countless cloisters and small shops, mottled Islamic murals on the top of the market corridor, very exotic and mottled. Suleymaniye Mosque On a hillside, it is a traditional Ottoman-style mosque with few tourists and it needs to be wrapped in bare feet. Galata Bridge Golden Bay Bridge, the city is divided into Europe and Asia, standing on the bridge can see the Galata Tower not far away, the bridge is very There are many local people fishing. Istanbul-made highland, standing at the top of the tower overlooking Istanbul. Independence Street Equivalent to Shanghai's Nanjing East Road, Paris's Champs Elyses, the famous red tram shuttles here. Bosphorus Bosphorus is the dividing strait between Asia and Europe, boat trip is the best way, recommend the evening parade in the evening, you can see the United States and the United States Sunset. In addition to the sights, you can also go to taste the food, sit on the corner of the street and take a smoky shisha, go to the glamorous big bazaar to bargain, and finally enjoy the belly dance and the spinning dance.
Posted: Sep 7, 2019
D34***93   
Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul - Turkey: Another place that we shouldn’t miss when visiting Istanbul. The place is gorgeous and charming with beautiful architecture. This place used to be a church but turned to be a mosque and now a museum. We can go thete by Hop on Hop off bus.
Posted: Dec 10, 2019
rainbowfaction   
The Turkish barbecue on the street is no better than the mutton skewers. The price of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice is very close to the people, but the Turkish black tea that is still drunk and drink is the most popular. After the night, Istanbul added a bit of warmth to the daytime. The free dancers turned into a carton and turned into a happy ball. The lonely "sculpture bronze man" lost his eyes tonight, who is in it again. Human dream?
Posted: Dec 22, 2018
YIYI NOTES   
The Galata Bridge not only has a group of cute anglers, but also the most beautiful sunset in Istanbul. The three-day sunset in Istanbul's Galata Bridge, from gold to red to pink, every sunset is so beautiful, this is the color of Istanbul. Every night, I will watch the sunset on the Gala Bridge. This is the happiest thing in Istanbul every day, yearning for the daily life of chasing the sunset.
Posted: Dec 25, 2018