Istanbul Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Istanbul - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Ahrida Synagogue

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Located in Balat, the city's historically Jewish district, Istanbul's oldest synagogue is believed to date back to the 1430s, when it...

Church of St. Mary of the Mongols

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This rose-red-color church is significant for being the only standing Byzantine-era church still in Greek hands, other churches having...

Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate

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After being kicked out of Aya Sofya after the Turkish conquest of the city, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate wandered among several churches...

Eyüp Sultan Camii

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Muslim pilgrims from all over the world make their way to the brightly colored, tile-covered tomb of Eyüp Ensari (Ayyub al-Ansari)—a...

Fethiye Müzesi

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Thought to date to the 12th century, this church served as the seat of the Orthodox Patriarchate from 1456 to 1587 and a few years later...

Kariye Müzesi

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The dazzling mosaics and frescoes in the former Church of the Holy Savior in Chora are considered to be among the finest Byzantine artworks...

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

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Housed on the grounds of an Ottoman-era shipyard on the shore of the Golden Horn, and in an adjacent foundry where anchors were cast...

The Great Walls

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The walls of Constantinople were the greatest fortifications of the medieval age and, although they were severely damaged by Sultan Mehmet...

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