Turkey: Sightseeing in Istanbul

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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque is a must see destination on a trip to Istanbul.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a must see attraction on a trip to Istanbul

Istanbul is a delightful place to visit, a juxtaposition of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. To the curious traveler, this city holds so much promise, that you might want to stay for longer than you expected. So what can you do in Istanbul? Go around and enjoy the sights! Here are some of the best places to go sightseeing in Istanbul.

The Grand Bazaar
More than 4,000 shops, 24 hans (privately owned inns or marketplaces), 65 streets, 22 gates, 2 bedestens (covered markets), restaurants, mosques, fountains, and teahouses within an area of 31 hectares (76 acres) – all these await you at The Grand Bazaar. Be warned, though, this place is rife with tourist traps. Still, it is an experience that you will never forget. You can find the bazaar at Beyazit.

St. Savior in Chora
Located in Camii Sok., Kariye Meydani, Edirnekapi, this medieval church has an awesome display of glass mosaics. The walls and the ceilings are intricate works of art, which tell different stories. Here’s a tip: bring binoculars with you so that you can see the works in detail.

Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)
This mosque was built in the reign of Sultan Ahmet I (1603-1617). It has the distinction of being the only mosque in the city with six minarets. Yes, it is actually blue and made of blue Iznik tiles. This place is astounding, to say the least. It is located in Hippodrome, Sultanahmet.

Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower)
To get the best view of the whole city, visit the Galata Tower at Büyük Hendek Sokak, Tünel. This was built in 1348 as part of defensive measures but it has been converted to cater to tourists. There are nightclubs, restaurants, and a cabaret with belly dancing as the feature.

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