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History enthusiasts will be most at home in the area of Istanbul known as Sultanahmet (or the Old City).  Located on the Golden Horn Peninsula, this area boasts world class sites including: the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Topkapı Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque), as well as an ancient hippodrome and the incredible underground Basilica Cistern.

The area of Beyoglu, including famous Taksim Square, Galata Tower and Istiklal Street (Caddesi), is a centre for tourists.  With shopping, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and museums galore, it is easy to spend days in this district alone.

The Bosporus Strait is Istanbul’s claim to fame, and is dotted with different neighbourhoods.  From Dolmabahce Palace, which is easily accessed from Taksim Square, the Bosporus districts continue north to youthful Beşiktaş, a centre for students, to Ortaköy, which is tucked under the Bosporus Bridge and is full of famous nightclubs like Reina.

Istanbul offers so many neighbourhoods and activities, from world-class shopping centres to statuesque mosques and churches.


Hagia Sophia  ·  Ayasofya

Hagia Sophia  is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was the cathedral of the Latin empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1934, when it was secularised. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

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Blue Mosque – Sultan Ahmet Camii

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction.


Underground Basilica Cistern

Basilica Underground cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient  cistern that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Emperor Justinian built the cistern and provided water for the great palace of Constantinople. This is one of the most atmospheric sites in Istanbul. The Cistern is a huge series of columns and walkways with crystal clear fresh water flowing for entire city blocks. The dimly lit columns and fish swimming in the dark water – magical


Hippodrome of Istanbul

The Hippodrome was first built in AD 203 by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus when the city was called Byzantium. The arena was used for chariot races and other entertainments. Throughout the Byzantine period, the Hippodrome was the centre of the city’s social life.This place was adorned with several monuments; some erected here, some brought from the distant parts of the empire such as German fountain, Egyptian obelisk, Serpent column ..etc.


Topkapi Palace  ·  Topkapi Sarayi

The Topkapı Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı) or in Ottoman Turkish: usually spelled “Topkapi” in English) is a palace in Istanbul, Turkey, which was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years of their 624-year reign, from 1465 to 1856.

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Istanbul Archaeology Museum  ·  Arkeoloji Müzesi

The Istanbul Archaeology Museums (Turkish: İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri) is a group of three archaeological museums located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey, near Gülhane Park and Topkapı Palace. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums. It houses over one million objects that represent almost all of the eras and civilisations in world history.


Dolmabahçe Palace  ·  Dolmabahçe Sarayi

The Dolmabahçe Palace (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Sarayı, in Istanbul, Turkey, located at the European side of the Bosporus, served as the main administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a twenty-year interval (1889-1909) in which the Yıldız Palace was used.

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Grand Bazaar  ·  Kapali Çarsi

The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning Covered Bazaar) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods,with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake


Süleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the second Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman I (Suleiman the Magnificent) and was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558.

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Egyptian Spice Bazaar  ·  Misir Carsisi

The Spice Bazaar, (Turkish: ‘Mısır Çarşısı’, or Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. There are several documents suggesting the name of the bazaar was first “New Bazaar”. However, due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt in the Ottoman period, the name “Mısır Çarşısı” was favoured by the public. The word mısır has a double meaning in Turkish: “Egypt” and “maize”. This is why sometimes the name is wrongly translated as “Corn Bazaar”. The bazaar was (and still is) the centre for spice trade in Istanbul.

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Chora Church  ·  Kariye Müzesi

The Church of St. Savior in Chora (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Edirnekapı district of Istanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.


Theodosian Walls

From 408AD the original walls of Constantine were replaced in the reign of Theodosius. The Walls of Constantinople was one of the greatest walls in the history of man. It had a moat in front of it. There were many gates in the wall, yet the gates were covered by towers . The city was sieged approximately 13 times. It’s enemies varied from Slavs and Serbians from the Balkans and from north of the Danube, none were successful. The Crusaders of the fourth city attempted to take the city and were only successful when helped by treachery. It was only in 1453 that they could finally capture the city


Pierre Loti Hill Cemetery

If you look up from the elbow-tip of the Golden Horne, you will see a windblown, isolated cemetery on Pierre Loti hill, named after the fin-de-siecle French novelist and adventurer. Loti had a famous love affair with a harem lady before sailing away for several years. When he came back, she had died of heartbreak and was buried there: the epicentre of the romantic Istanbul of lovers. Atop the hill sits the “official” Pierre Loti tea house with a splendid view of Istanbul’s undulations.

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Situated at the juncture of Asia and Europe, Istanbul is the world’s most famous transcontinental city. With close to 15 million people, the city is not only Turkey’s biggest by far, but also ranks as one of the most bustling metropolises on the planet. Istanbul has been declared the world’s most dynamic city, and it’s easy to believe once you’re surrounded by the endless options it has to offer. Boasting some of the world’s hottest clubs and the most epic historical sites, Istanbul truly offers something for everyone.

Once known as Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires remains as culturally buzzing as always. Split between the more touristy and wealthy European side and the residential Asian side, Istanbul is a city of diversity. With its huge population and moderate climate Istanbul offers history, culture, nightlife, natural beauty and modernity all year round.


Private Tours

Top 5 most visited sites of Istanbul walking tour
Bosporus boat tour, city walls with famous spice market (Including chora church, Pier Loti )
Traditional art marbling
Spiritual Istanbul
Nibbling in old local market with traditional dance show
Two continents Asian and Europian side of Istanbul
Turkish cooking receipes
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