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Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4.5/51,106 Reviews
Mosque
Generally, it is open during 8:30-16:45. No entry during the Muslim religious service. There is a sign at the front of the door to remind visitors of the opening time of the day (about 3 periods per day). Friday is usually open to visitors from 13:00. (Local time)
Situated on the bank of the Bosphorus Strait is one of Istanbul's landmarks, Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It features a magnificent and eye-catching, enormous round dome. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque, was built under the rule of Sultan Ahmed during the Ottoman Empire. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque derives its name from the more than 20,000 blue ceramic tiles used to decorate its interior. These exquisite blue ceramic tiles are one of the mosque's highlights. The tiles are engraved with rich patterns and Arabic inscriptions, which are the perfect embodiment of the unique features of Islamic art.

Hagia Sophia Museum

4.6/5995 Reviews
Church
From April 15th to October 30th, 9:00-19:00, October 30th - April 15th, 9:00-17:00, stop selling tickets 1 hour before closing. The first day of Ramadan is not open every year, and lesser bairam is only open for half a day. (Local time)
The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the Byzantine Empire. Its construction began in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages and then converted into a mosque during occupation by the Ottoman Empire. It has now been secularized and converted into Turkey’s most visited museum, with preserved murals covering the plaster walls. Most have been restored to resemble their original appearance. The building is a true spectacle featuring the overlap of Christianity and Islam, and is a very special site well worth visiting.

The Basilica Cistern

4.4/5536 Reviews
Historical Site
Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Local time)
The Basilica Cistern is located next to the Hagia Sophia Museum and was built under the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. It has a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water, served as an underground reservoir used by the Byzantine and Ottoman Palaces and is still in use today. The Basilica Cistern is now a famous tourist attraction due to its historic importance and architectural beauty. In the dim light of the Basilica Cistern, thick Corinthian stone pillars support massive brick vaults engraved with exquisite reliefs. Sometimes you can even find fish swimming about. Because of the unique air of mystery here, it has served as a filming site for both the James Bond installment, “Skyfall”, and Jackie Chan’s “Secret City”.

Dolmabahce Palace

4.6/5284 Reviews
Palace
Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Local time)

Galata Tower

4.4/5221 Reviews
Ancient Pagoda
9:00-18:00 (Local time)
The medieval Galata Tower gives a fairytale feeling to the hilly Beyoelu district, on the north part of the Golden Horn. Topped by a conical tiled steeple and gold finial, the 67 meter high stone tower was built by the Genoese in 1348. Explore the outdoor observation place at the top for a marvelous panorama reaching to Sultanahmet, have dinner or a snack at the tower-top restaurant, or view a Turkish belly-dancing show inside the nightclub.

Galata Bridge

4.5/5189 Reviews
Bridge
Open all day (Local time)
Galata Bridge is the center of Istanbul, spreading across the Golden Horn from Karakoy on the north to Old Istanbul, centered on Sultanahmet, on the south

Taksim Square

4.3/5213 Reviews
Square
Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM (Local time)

Sultanahmet Square

4.4/5189 Reviews
Square
Open all day (Local time)

Bosporus

4.6/5675 Reviews
Strait/Fjord
Open all day (Local time)
The Bosporus Strait, which divides Istanbul in two, is also known as the Strait of Istanbul. It connects the Black Sea in the north to the Marmara and Mediterranean Sea in the south, splitting Turkey into a European side and an Asian side. Both sides are famous historical districts in Istanbul. A common way to enjoy the Bosporus is by tour cruise. Sailing down the Bosphorous offers a great view of scenic spots on each side of the strait accompanied by the beauty of the water itself, especially at sunset when the scenery becomes particularly mesmerizing.

Museum of Innocence

4.4/568 Reviews
Museum
Tue - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Thu 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Local time)
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