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City Orientation Tour In Istanbul, Istanbul
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
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Author: kane
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The city of Istanbul is one of the most interesting cities in the world. It began life as an important Roman city, subsequently becoming the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, known as Byzantine, and later the capital of the Ottoman empire. Nowadays it is the largest and most important city in Turkey. Here you can see thousands of years of history, art and religion. This guide will take you trough the most famous landmarks of the city.
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Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Grand Bazaar
The Grand bazaar or the Kapalicarsi meaning the “covered bazaar” is a famous covered market in Istanbul. This bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the world, and has more than fifty eight covered streets, and more than four thousand shops. Anywhere from a quarter to half a million visitors visit the bazaar daily.

The Grand Bazaar was built from 1455 to 1461, and has been open ever since. It is famed for its exquisite Turkish jewelry, silver decoration pieces, spices, Turkish delight (a...
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2) Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is also called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish, and is one of the most frequently visited and famous tourist spots in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the “Blue Mosque” due to the blue tiles that adorn the walls of its interior.

The Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 during the reign of Ahmed the First. It contains a tomb of the Sultan, a madrassah (religious school) and also a hospice. The Blue Mosque is a very famous tourist attraction, but it...
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3) Yerebatan Sarayi
The Yerebatan Sarayi or the Basilica Cistern translates as “Sunken Palace” and is one of the many ancient cisterns that are present in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. It is located near the Hagia Sophia and present on the peninsula of Sarayburnu.

The Yerbatan Sarayi was built in the 6th century AD by the Byzantine emperor Justinian the first. The name of the Yerbatan Sarayi is derived from the Stoa Basilica upon which it was built. The Basilica was said to be built by Ilias and housed many...
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4) Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia means “Holy Wisdom” in Greek. This monumental structure was once an Orthodox patriarchal Basilica, then a mosque, and now, finally, is a Museum in the city of Istanbul. It was built in the fourth century by Constantine the Great as a Church, and it has seen much of the changing ruling powers of Istanbul ever since.

Many people mistake it as being dedicated to Saint Sofia, but the church was originally dedicated to the second person of the Holy Trinity, and its full Greek name...
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5) Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace is usually number one on the list of places to visit in Istanbul for most tourists. This grand palace was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years and ever since 1985, the palace is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Topkapi Palace is built on a huge scale with four court yards and a Harem, and each location in the Palace houses incredible displays of Islamic art, holy relics and history. The most prized collection is that of the Islamic relics...
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6) Archaeology Museum
The Istanbul Archaeology Museum actually consists of three museums which include: 1. The Archeological Museum 2. The Museum of the Ancient Orient and 3. The Museum of Islamic Art These three museums are collectively called the Istanbul Archeology Museum, which is located in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, near the Topkapi Palace. The museum houses some of the most remarkable objects and collections that span over a millennium in world history. The most distinctive and famous item exhibited in...
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7) The Galata Tower
The Galata Tower is also called Galata Kulesi in Turkish or Christea Turris (“The Tower of Christ”) in Latin. This medieval stone tower is present in the Galata district of Istanbul, and it is located just north of the Golden Horn. Galata tower has been in existence since 1348 and it is actually one of the best places to get a spectacular view of the city of Istanbul.

Galata was originally a Genoese colony, and this tower provided the vantage point over the city walls. It functioned as a...
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8) Istanbul Modern Museum
The Istanbul modern museum of art is a museum of contemporary art located in the Beyoglu district. Istanbul has always been a rich centre of culture and history, and the modern museum of art gives visitors a taste of the “new city”.

This museum features the contemporary works of Turkish and also international artists. This was once a warehouse in the Tophane neighborhood on the Bosphorus and it is unique throughout Turkey, being the first of its kind found in the country. The museum is...
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9) Dolmabahce Palace
The Dolmabahce Palace was built during the 19 century and is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. It boasts stunning architecture and is located on the European side of the Bosphorus. It was used as the main administrative building of the Ottoman Empire from 1956 to 1922. The last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire also resided in the Dolmabahce Palace.

Mustafa Kamal Ataturk repeatedly stayed in the palace on his visits to Istanbul. He passed away here on the 10th of November 1938, so...
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