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  • Aya Sofya

    1. Aya Sofya

    Sultanahmet | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This soaring edifice is perhaps the greatest work of Byzantine architecture and for almost a thousand years, starting from its completion in...Read More

    Aya Sofya
  • Blue Mosque

    2. 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

    Blue Mosque
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  • 3. Kariye Müzesi

    Western Districts | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • Süleymaniye Camii

    4. 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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  • 5. Ahrida Synagogue

    Western Districts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 6. Beyazıt Camii

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

    Inspired by Aya Sofya and completed in 1506, this domed mosque holds the distinction of being the oldest of the Ottoman imperial mosques still...Read More

  • 7. Church of St. Mary of the Mongols

    Western Districts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 8. Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate

    Western Districts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 9. Eyüp Sultan Camii

    Western Districts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Fethiye Müzesi

    Western Districts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 was...Read More

  • 12. Galata Mevlevihanesi

    Beyoglu | Museum/Gallery

    Istanbul's oldest Mevlevi dervish lodge, which served as a meeting place and residence for "whirling dervishes" (followers of the Sufi mystic...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Küçük Aya Sofya

    Sultanahmet | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by Justinian as the Church of Sergius and Bacchus (patron saints of the Roman army), this church is commonly known as the "Little Aya...Read More

  • 15. 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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  • 16. 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

  • 17. Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Camii

    Sultanahmet | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1571 for Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, a grand vizier to three successive sultans, this small mosque is not as grand as the Süleymaniye Camii...Read More

  • 18. Yeni Cami

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

    A dominant feature of the Istanbul skyline, thanks to its prime spot on the Eminönü waterfront, the "new mosque" is known as much for its history...Read More

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  • 19. Sveti Stefan Bulgar Kilisesi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most remarkable and odd structures in Istanbul—and that's saying a lot—this small neo-Gothic church looks like it's covered with...Read More

  • 20. Zeyrek Camii

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Standing on a prime site overlooking the Golden Horn, this is the largest surviving Byzantine church in the city, after Aya Sofya itself. Built...Read More

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