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  • Blue Mosque

    1. Blue Mosque

    Sultanahmet | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Only after you enter the Blue Mosque do you understand the name. The inside is covered with 20,000 shimmering blue-green İznik tiles interspersed...Read More

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  • Süleymaniye Camii

    2. Süleymaniye Camii

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Perched on a hilltop opposite Istanbul University, Süleymaniye Camii is perhaps the most magnificent mosque in Istanbul and is considered one...Read More

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  • 3. Büyük Valide Han

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Building/Architectural Site

    The mass of winding streets between the Grand Bazaar and the Golden Horn contains many old Ottoman commercial buildings, or hans . Historically...Read More

  • 4. Eminönü

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Neighborhood/Street

    The transportation hub of Old Istanbul, Eminönü teems with activity. There are docks for traditional ferryboats (including both short and daylong...Read More

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  • 5. Fatih Camii

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This complex consisting of a mosque, religious schools, and other buildings of a pious nature was the largest in the Ottoman empire, and is...Read More

  • 6. Gülhane Parkı

    Sultanahmet | Garden/Arboretum

    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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  • 7. Hippodrome

    Sultanahmet | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    It takes a bit of imagination to appreciate the Hippodrome—once a Byzantine stadium for chariot racing with seating for 100,000—since there...Read More

  • 8. Istanbul University

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Educational Institution

    The main campus of Turkey's oldest institution of higher learning originally served as the Ottoman war ministry—hence the magnificent gateway...Read More

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  • 9. Kalenderhane Camii

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Located around the corner from Istanbul University and close to the Valens Aqueduct, the church is believed to have been built in the 12th century...Read More

  • 10. Rüstem Paşa Camii

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tucked away in the backstreets just west of the Spice Bazaar, this Sinan masterpiece was built in the early 1560s for Rüstem Pasha, a grand...Read More

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  • 11. Şehzade Camii

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The medium-sized Şehzade Camii was built for Süleyman the Magnificent's eldest son, Prince Mehmet, who died of smallpox in 1543 at age 22. This...Read More

  • 12. The Column of Constantine

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Building/Architectural Site

    This column stood at the center of what was a large circular marketplace or forum where Constantine formally rededicated the city on May 11...Read More

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  • 13. Valens Aqueduct

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A Roman city needed its aqueduct, and Constantinople, which seriously lacked drinking water, finally got one in 375 under Emperor Valens. The...Read More

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