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adventerman2013 Feb 4th, 2013 08:18 PM

Istanbul historical sites
 
Going to istanbul for 2 days in Feb. Anybody know of some of the off beaten historical Roman ruins that I should visit that most people dont see? I'm a history buff . thanks

tarquin Feb 5th, 2013 01:41 AM

Not totally Roman, the most fascinating sight to me in Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern.

otherchelebi Feb 5th, 2013 07:57 AM

A very prominent but usually missed structure is the Aya Irini Church, between the first court of Topkapi Palace and the Archeology Museum, behind Aya Sofya.

the archeology museum should not be missed, not only for its Ionian and Roman but also Hittite displays. I also heartily recommend The Museum of Ancient Civilizations, the smaller building just before the Archeological museum.

If you are allowed try to see the digs for the Byzantine palace and Yenikapi harbour.

kja Feb 5th, 2013 04:24 PM

> the archeology museum should not be missed, not only for its Ionian and Roman but also Hittite displays. I also heartily recommend The Museum of Ancient Civilizations, the smaller building just before the Archeological museum.

Very good museums! And (sadly) neglected by many tourists.

propertravel Feb 7th, 2013 11:49 AM

Aquaducts ! can be interesting too.....Archeological Museum is awesome and needs at least over half a day if not a full day....
have a good time in Turkey,

Murat

lmhornet Feb 10th, 2013 04:32 AM

The Byzantines were Romans, so the best remaining Roman artifacts by far are the frescoes the Chora Church. There is a big piece of the old walls very near, as well.


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