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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

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  • Istanbul Archaeology Museums

    3. 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

    Istanbul Archaeology Museums
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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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  • Topkapı Palace

    5. Topkapı Palace

    Sultanahmet | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This vast palace on Sarayburnu ("Seraglio Point"), above the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, was the residence of sultans and...Read More

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