Things To Do

Istanbul has an unrivaled collection of world famous historic attractions, local tastes and traditions . We can tell you the stories behind the famous sites to bring them to life and show you the highlights of our museums and local arts putting it all in a historic and artistic context.

Here are the most visited attractions of Istanbul, along with some essential up to date information of them.  Traditional foods, desserts and local arts. These are also the inspiration for things to do and taste while visiting Istanbul.

Beyoğlu – Istiklal Street

Beyoglu – Istiklal Street İstiklal Avenue (Independence Avenue), historically known as the Grand Avenue of Pera is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoğlu (Pera) district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, 1.5 kilometers...
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Hodjapasha Traditional Restaurants

Hodjapasha Traditional Restaurants During fine weathers, tables and chairs are placed out in the small square and nearby streets, filling many of them. Outdoor food experience and old-time neighborhood atmosphere are fused with each other. Prices are reasonable, so you might as well choose by first impressions: pick one you like, look at what’s cooking,...
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Ortaköy Square and Kumpir

Ortaköy Square and Kumpir Waterfront hangout and bustling hub with dramatic views of the Ortaköy Mosque & Bosphorus Bridge amid street vendors & cafes.Sunday market with numerous stalls where ladies mostly were selling jewelry and bags, woolen stuff & handicrafts at quite good prices. Its a great place to spend evening and have food. An...
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Kariye Mosque (Chora Church)

Kariye Mosque (Chora Church) Kariye Mosque (Originally Chora Church) ” A Legacy of Eastern Rome” known for its amazing mosaics and frescoes show scenes from both the Bible and Torah. Displaying one of the most important techniques of Byzantine religious art and has been built several times at the site. First built as part of...
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Galata Tower

Galata Tower The nine-story tower is 66 meters tall (51 m at the observation deck), and was the city’s tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35 meters above sea-level.The tower has an external diameter of 16 meters at the base, an 9 meters diameter inside, and walls that are...
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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom, a fifteen hundred years old splendid monument, is a must see in Istanbul, built to be the world’s largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. First a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum. The lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics...
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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Turkey’s first museum 1891, houses over one million artifacts belonging various cultures collected from the imperial territories. Besides archaeological artifacts, one can enjoy seeing various valuable objects from the pre-islamic Arabian Peninsula, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Anatolia in the Ancient Orient Museum as well as some outstanding tile and pottery samples by Seljuk and Ottoman in...
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Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque

A popular tourist site, sits next to the Hagia Sophia, and continues to function as a mosque today. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has five main domes, six...
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Hippodrome of Constantinople

This was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultan Ahmet Square with a few fragments of the original structure surviving. Throughout the Byzantine period, the Hippodrome was the centre of the city’s social life. The surviving monuments of the...
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Topkapı Palace

Topkapı Palace was the seat of Ottoman Empire more than 380 years where 24 of 36 Sultans lived and ruled their land. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and now one of Turkey’s richest museums with its permanent and temporary exhibition halls. Buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, apartments, bathhouses, harems, and...
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