Sultanahmet Mosque-Blue Mosque

This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 and is located in the district of old Istanbul that is named after this Ottoman Sultan and it is distinguished by its six slender minarets. The central dome is 43 m in height and 33.4 m in diameter and there are 260 stained glass windows throughout the mosque. Due to the intricately decorated blue, green and red tiles of its interior, it has long been referred to as the Blue Mosque. These tiles, produced and painted by hand in Iznik (ancient Nicaea), are an attraction in and of themselves. The Quranic inscriptions that you will see throughout the mosque were made by Seyyid Kasım Gubari, one of the most famous calligraphers of his time.

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Hippodrome

The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine social life and the scene of fiercely competitive chariot races. It was located in the square that is now in front of the Blue Mosque and is still the site of ancient relics from its glory days. These are the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Remains of the curved end of the Hippodrome wall can be seen on the southwest side of the three monuments.

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Topkapi Palace

The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Hagia Sophia Museum

The Hagia Sophia that you can visit today was the primary church of Byzantine Constantinople and was built upon the site of two earlier churches that had been destroyed. Emperor Justinian I (527-565) commissioned the project and had materials brought in from all around his empire for the massive church’s construction. The Hagia Sophia was the most important church of the Christian East. Structurally, it was the first of its design and boasted the largest dome that had yet been engineered which provided a voluminous and well illuminated interior. After Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque and was used as such throughout the Ottoman period.

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Taksim

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Basilica Cistern (Underground Cistern)

This Byzantine structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. Underground Basilica (Also called Underground Cistern) is the largest well preserved cistern in Istanbul, which is constructed using 336 columns. According to historical texts claims, over 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of this cistern. Most of the columns were salvaged from ruined temples and fine carved capitals. Its is build with great symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception.During Summer Days, Underground Cistern would be a cool stop to be refreshed due cavernous depths, make a great retreat on hot summer days. Underground Basilica is designed as water storage to service Great Palace of Byzantine and surrounding buildings with capacity of 80,000 cu metres of water delivered via 20km of aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea. The reason it's called Basilica Cistern, because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica which is one of the great squares at the first of Seven Hills in Constantinople. Following by relocation of Byzantine emperors from the Great Palace, Underground Cistern was closed and forgotten by the city authorities before the Conquest.

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Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery and the like. The bazaar has been an important trad ing centre since 1461 and its labyrinthine vaults feature two bedestens (domed buildings), 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. The complex houses two mosques, four fountains, two hamams, and several cafés and restaurants. In the centre is the high domed hall of the Cevahir Bedesten, where the most valuable items and antiques were to be found in the past, and still are today, including furniture, copperware, amber prayer beads, inlaid weapons, icons, moth er-of-pearl mirrors, water pipes, watches and clocks, candlesticks, old coins, and silver and gold jewellery set with coral and turquoise. A leisurely afternoon spent exploring the bazaar, sitting in one of the cafés and watching the crowds pass by, and bargaining for purchases is one of the best ways to recapture the romantic atmosphere of old Istanbul.

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Ortakoy Mosque

The Ortakoy Mosque is situated on the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square in the Beşiktaş District, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus. The mosque was built on the order of Abdulmecid (1839-1861), the ruler of the Ottoman Empire, and was constructed by the Nigoğos Balyan in 1853. It was during the same century that the mosque rose to a higher level of importance on the European side of Istanbul. It is also known as “Great Mecidiye Mosque” and is one of the most beautiful samples of the Baroque architecture in Istanbul.

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Bosphorus Cruise

One of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus, is the strait separating two continents - Europe and Asia.

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Egypt (Spice) Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar (Turkish: Mısır Çarşısı, meaning Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.

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Princess Islands

There is no better way to escape the bustle of Istanbul for a day than with a visit to the idyllic Princes’ Islands. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain. Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman Houses, all the islands are unspoiled by traffic. Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansio draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era. We will enjoy our lunch at the best of one of the many excellent fresh fish restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing across the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close - though it feels worlds away.

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Beylerbeyi Palace

The Beylerbeyi Palace (Turkish: Beylerbeyi Sarayı, Beylerbeyi meaning "Lord of Lords") is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood ofIstanbul, Turkey at the Asian side of the Bosphorus. An Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.

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Camlica Hill

Every city has one spot that can view the beautiful scenery of the town. Camlica Hill is the hotspot of the Istanbul offers visitor to take wide picture of this splendid city divided by bosphorus (Europe and Asia).
Camlica Hill (Also called Big Camlica Hill) is located in Uskudar at the Asian side of Istanbul.The hill it self is 268 meters above the sea level and surrounded by trees. It also has a radio and tv towers located on it, due it's strategic location and height.

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Dolmabahce Palace

The Dolmabahce Palace, a blend of various European architectural styles, was built between 1843-1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid. The tree-stooried palace built on a symmetrical plan has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The Palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture, and the silk carpets and curtains. It surpasses all other palaces in the world in wealth and magnificence.

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Eyup Sultan Mosque

The Eyüp Sultan Camii (Eyüp Sultan Mosque) is one of the most holy and important mosques in all of Turkey. It is so revered because it located on the site of the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Eyüp Ensari in Turkish) – who was both a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed, and was killed during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678).

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Pierre Loti Hill

Located in Eyup, district of Fatih on European side of Bosphrous, Istanbul. There is a tea house that has a perfect view of Golden horn from Eyup to Eminonu. It has a magnificent landscape; when you look from at the top of the hill, you will see dreamy location. Additionally, that special hill includes a huge old historic graveyard in the south slopes of the Hill. There is also established the funny teller (Cable Car) to entertain people and to help them climbing easily to the hill.

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Miniaturk Museum

It is a park that displays miniature models of historic structures. The park opened it's gates to visitors in 2 May 2003 as one of the largest miniature Park in the World that covers a total area of 60,000 m2 (650,000 sq ft). Besides pools, water ways and covered sections, miniature structures are holding place on 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft) model area.
Models of structures are mostly taken from Turkey, but also selected from the Old Ottoman Empire lands that stay's outside the borders of present day Turkey.

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Galata Tower

Galata Tower is one of the eye catching land mark of Istanbul for sure. This nine-story tower is 66.90 meters tall and was the tallest building when it was built in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. The tower is used to called the Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) by the Genoese and the Megalos Pyrgos (The Great Tower) by the Byzantines.
Actually it wasn't the first tower in Constantinople as it was built to replace the Old Tower of Galata (Megalos Pyrgos / Great Tower) which controlled the northern end of the huge sea chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn Bay (Haliç). Galata tower had several restorations due Earthquake in 1509, fire in 1794 and 1831, big storm in 1875. It's mostly functioned as observatory and prison during the time of Byzantine and Ottoman Periods.

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Yıldız Royal Garden

Located in the Besiktas, district of Istanbul, Yıldız Park has two separate doors; one door in Cıragan Street, the other in Palanga Street. It began to become prominent at the beginning of 1600s. Those days, called as ‘’Kazancioglu Garden’’ belonging to Kazancioglu Family, that place was given by the Ottoman Sultan Murat IV as a present to his daughter, Kaya Sultan.
For many years, Ottoman Dynasty Members have made various changes within that land. Among these members, Mihrisah Sultan (The mother of Sultan Selim III), Sultan Mahmud II, Sultan Abdulaziz, Sultan Abdulhamid Han take place; Mihrisah Sultan made the first mansion built here because the natural beauty of that unique grove with its magnificent trees, flowers fascinated her. After that, another mansion was built by Sultan Mahmud II. He only made this. Actually, the numbers of pavilions were increased in the period of Sultan Abdulaziz Han. Most important pavilions of them were Cadir, Malta, Sale, Bahcivanbasi, Talimhane, Acem Kiosks. But except for Cadir, Malta, Sale Kiosks, the others were demolished.

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Panorama 1453 Museum

When the Constantinople fell and conquered by the Ottomans, it was the end of the Roman Empire which had lasted for nearly 1,500 years. Breaking point of the history occurred after a siege by the invading Ottoman Empire, under the command of 21 year old Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, against the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. In the memory of conquest in 1453, a special panoromic painting museum built on the area, across from the spot on the Topkapi - Edirnekapi city walls. The museum opened it's gates to visitors on 31 January 2009 with giving opportunity to witness siege days of Constantinople with the painting surround measures 38 meters in diameter and covers an area of 2,350 square meters. Panorama 1453 Museum is one of the popular attraction for domestic and foreigner tourists.

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Maiden’s Tower

Built on a small rocky island in the middle of the sea near Üsküdar, where the Marmara Sea meets the Bosphorus, the Kızkulesi (Maiden's Tower, also called Leander's Tower) has been used for a variety of purposes since its first construction. Dated back to old times, to 2500 years ago, that unique construction have witnessed the all history of Istanbul. With its past beginning from in Ancient time, to Byzantine Empire from Ancient Greek and to Ottoman period from Byzantine time, in all periods of history of Maiden's Tower have arrived at today from past.

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Rumeli Fortress

Built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror to prevent any attacts from the north of the Bosphrous in 1452, Rumeli Fortress was established at the narrowest point of the Bosphrous on the European side. Rumeli Fortress is directly accross the Anatolian Fortress that is on the Asian side of the region. The location of it gained strategic advantage by doing it easy to contol the navy traffic along Bosphous and to prevent any threat from the Black Sea. For centuries,from East to west numerous emperor had imagined to capture Costantinople because it is a door opening every side east, west, north, south… Trading, transportation, economic and politic power was very important for them, they had to take over that city. Rather than those reasons, there was a different reason for Ottoman Empire Fatih Sultan Mehmet; clever sultan was come to the throne when he was a too young, nobody people believe that he was successful and conquered Istanbul. He thought deeply about that matter. At the end he planned to found a castle to support the siege of Istanbul. Perfectly he decorated that castle; let’s look at its architecture

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The Mevlevi Sema Ceremony

Mevleviye are known for their famous practice of whirling dances and dervishes. At their dancing ceremonies, or Sema, a particular musical repertoire called ayin is played. The Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to Perfect. More... Program starts with the classical turkish music concert performed by a traditional orchestra for 15 minutes. Then after The ceremony starts and lasts about 45 minutes under the amazing lighting and mystic atmosphere of Hodjapasha. Complimentary beverages and Turkish Delight service is available before the performance

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Turkish Dance Night

Live music and dance show. Dances from different regions of Anatolia are performed as well as group and solo oriental dances with modern choreography in the collages, with specially designed costumes and accompanied by live music. In addition, an exhibition in the foyer area which describes The History of Dance Culture in Turkey starting from 10.000 years back to today with graphics , pictures and video support can be seen. Complimentary beverages and turkish delight service is available during 15 minutes intermission.

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Shopping

Cevahir Mall
Istinye Park Mall
Zorlu Mall
Forum Istanbul Mall
Historia Mall
Mall of Istanbul
Marmara Forum Mall
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