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MUST-SEE PLACES IN ISTANBUL

Istanbul has hosted countless civilizations for thousands of years. Empires, principalities, states… Each state has left various structures built in Istanbul with its own unique architectural understanding. Istanbul welcomes millions of tourists every year, both with the vast majority of places and districts that are the product of the architectural understanding of the world and with its magnificent natural beauties. Here are the must-see places to visit in Istanbul. Istanbul is divided into two as the European and Anatolian sides. The Anatolian side of Istanbul, which was closely followed by the Ottoman Empire, bears more traces of the Turkish race. The European side was under the control of the Byzantine Empire for many years. For this reason, the architectural structure of the two regions shows great differences from each other. However, after the conquest by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Istanbul, which has thousands of beauties, was fully incorporated into the territory of the Ottoman Empire. In this way, it has become possible to benefit from all kinds of historical places and districts of Istanbul. When you go to Istanbul, there are many museums, places and districts to visit and see. These must-see places include natural beauties as well as architectural structures.

The list of places to see in Istanbul is as follows:

HAGIA SOPHIA- one of the oldest buildings in history with more than 1600 years of history, was built to be used as a cathedral. After undergoing many restorations over the years, it was used as a mosque after Mehmet the Conqueror conquered Istanbul in 1453. The building, whose minarets that exist today were built by the great genius Mimar Sinan, was used as a museum in 1935 and again as a mosque in 2020.

TOPKAPI PALACE-Topkapı Palace, which stretches along Sarayburnu on the European Side, is a palace where the sultans stayed during the Ottoman Period. In the palace, which was converted into a museum in 1924, the most famous artifacts are the sacred relics and the 86-carat Kaşıkçı Diamond. Topkapı Palace Museum is home to nearly 300 thousand archival documents and is Turkey’s first museum.

CISTERN BASILICA – The Basilica Cistern, located close to the Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace Museum, is also known as the Basilica Palace. It was built under a basilica during the Byzantine period to meet the city’s water needs. With a capacity of 100,000 tons of water, the cistern is 138 x 64.6 m in size. In the cistern, which has 336 columns in total, including the column titled Medusa, 41 columns remained in the area closed during the reign of Abdülhamid II.

SULTAN AHMET SQUARE – Sultanahmet Square, one of the most famous places in Istanbul, is located in Fatih, neighboring the Basilica Cistern. Although it is seen as a large flat square today, it was used as a Hippodrome during the Byzantine Empire.

EGYPTIAN Bazaar – The Grand Bazaar has a special place among the historical and touristic places of Istanbul. The historical structure, which is the largest bazaar in the world, was built in 1460 and has undergone many restorations until today.

PIERE LOTTI TEPESI – Pierre Loti Hill in Eyüpsultan, Istanbul is unique with its view overlooking the Golden Horn. In 1876, French novelist Pierre Loti, who settled here and whose real name is Louis Marie Julien Viaud, visited the hill frequently and immortalized his name with this hill.

GALATA TOWER-Istanbul offers a 360-degree view of Istanbul. It is assumed that Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi released himself into the void from the Galata Tower in 1632, wearing a device similar to bird wings in a lodos weather.

ISTIKLAL STREET – Istiklal Street, one of the most popular streets of Istanbul, is 1.4 km long. Located in Beyoğlu district, one end of the street leads to Taksim Square. The street, which is always crowded, offers many opportunities for shopping.

DOLMABAHCE PALACE-Dolmabahçe Palace is located right on the shore of the Bosphorus in Beşiktaş. With a 600-meter long dock, the palace was used for the sultans during the Ottoman period and for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s visits to Istanbul during the Republican period.

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE

GIRL TOWER

CHURCH OF AYA TIRADA

ISLANDS

RUMELI HISARI

ISTANBUL MODERN MUSEUM

BEYLERBEYI PALACE

BALAT

ORTAKOY MOSQUE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

CUKURCUMA

BELGRADE FOREST

CAMLICA HILL

BAGDAT CADESI

SILE

AGVA

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