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  • 1. Istanbul Archaeology Museums

    Sultanahmet | Museum/Gallery

    Step into this vast repository of spectacular finds, housed in a three-building complex in a forecourt of Topkapı Palace, to get a head-spinning...Read More

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  • 2. Yerebatan Sarnıcı

    Sultanahmet | Ruins

    The major problem with the site of Byzantium was the lack of fresh water, and so for the city to grow, a great system of aqueducts and cisterns...Read More

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  • 3. Gülhane Parkı

    Sultanahmet | Garden

    Central Istanbul has precious few public green spaces, which makes this park—once the private gardens of the adjacent Topkapı Palace—particularly...Read More

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  • 4. Military Museum

    Nisantasi | Museum/Gallery

    This large and fascinating museum boasts an extensive collection of swords, daggers, armor, and other weaponry, but it's not just for those...Read More

  • 5. Naval Museum

    Besiktas | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1897 and located here since 1961, Istanbul's Naval Museum reopened in late 2013 with a huge, state-of-the-art new wing that impressively...Read More

  • 6. Rahmi M. Koç Museum

    Western Districts | Museum/Gallery

    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 for the...Read More

  • 7. Rumeli Hisarı

    Bosphorus | Castle/Palace

    Built on a hill on the European side of the city overlooking the water, Rumeli Hisarı is the best preserved of all the fortresses on the Bosphorus...Read More

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