Princes’ Islands in Istanbul: Why and How to visit Adalar with one-day trip

Princes Islands

Istanbul has many great tourist attractions to visit, but two of the city’s must-see destinations will take almost a full day of your holiday to explore. The two must-experience tourist attractions are Princes’ Islands and a boat trip on the Bosphorus. People often ask me whether it is worth sacrificing up to two days of their holiday in Istanbul to

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Archaeological Museum in Istanbul (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri)

Archaeological Museum in Istanbul (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri)

Istanbul city is full of great places and unique attractions. One of them is Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Located in Sultanahmet area near Topkapi Palace, it has a rich collection of interesting pieces from different civilizations such as Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Hittite, Roman, Byzantine and some from Ottoman. So keep in mind that you will spent there about 2 hours for

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Rumeli Hisarı Fortress Museum in Istanbul

Rumeli Hisarı fortress

Rumeli Hisari Fortress was built in 1452 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, aka Mehmed the Conqueror. The fortress was built in preparation for the Ottoman’s conquest of the city of Constantinople – modern day Istanbul. Situated on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait, the fortress is a massive complex with a remarkable history. The fortress is across from the

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Topkapi Palace Museum (Topkapı Sarayı) In Istanbul

Topkapi Palace Istanbul

The Topkapi Palace Museum is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in all of Istanbul. Located east of the Fatih District, the modern-day museum once served as the main palace for Istanbul’s rulers. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Topkapi Palace was home to the Ottoman sultans who ruled from the immense dwelling. As a museum, the Topkapi Palace

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Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul — the Ottoman Heritage by Mimar Sinan

Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul

Istanbul’s Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most famous sites in the Turkish city. It is Istanbul’s largest mosque and sits on one of the city’s legendary seven hills. Tourists descend on the Suleymaniye Mosque during their trips to the gateway city for its incredible architecture, history, and significance to all religions in the area. Unfortunately, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque is

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Theodosius (Şerefiye) Cistern in Istanbul

Theodosius cistern in Istanbul

Constantinople, today — Istanbul, is full of different discoveries, one of them was Theodosius cistern, which was opened for visitors in 2018 as a museum. The Theodosius Cistern lies beneath the ancient city of Istanbul. Known as Şerefiye Sarnıcı in Turkish, Theodosius Cistern is one of many cisterns that are underground, unbeknownst to those who walk around on the surface

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Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) in Istanbul

Galata Tower in Istanbul

One of the best known symbols of Istanbul is famous Galata Tower. You can see it from many point’s of the city — from Eminönü pier and Galata bridge, from ferryboats which crossing Golden Horn and high points of Beyoğlu district. In 2020 Galata Tower was reconstructed and today is open as a museum. From it’s terrace you will face

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Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul

Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul

Positioned along the picturesque European shore of the Bosphorus Strait, this majestic imperial villa is the true emblem of Ottoman architectural fascination that is praised as the most expensive mansion in the world.  There are 5 main parts of the Dolmabahçe Palace — Mabeyn-i Humayun, Muayede, Harem-i Humayun, Clock Tower, and Dolmabahçe Mosque. The real reason behind the construction of

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The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan sarnıcı) in Istanbul

Medusa heads in Basilica cistern Istanbul

There are a lot of great historical places in Istanbul, but one of the most famous and popular is Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan sarnıcı in turkish. Located in Sultanahmet, old city center, near the Hippodrome square, this cistern is really worth a visit. The cistern was connected to an unique water system which included also Theodosius cistern, Binbirdirek cistern and

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Blue Mosque (SultanAhmet Camii) in Istanbul

Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s most iconic historic al landmarks. It is so named because of the blue tiles used on the walls of the interior. It is an important part of the city’s skyline with its six spectacular minarets. The mosque also exudes one of Istanbul’s most reverberating calls to prayer six times

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