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Istanbul
As a city that cradles both Asian and European cultures, Istanbul has innumerable stories to count. Sitting at the throat of the Bosphorus Strait, this city is at the confluence of eastern and western culture. Previously, three ancient empires—the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans—made this their capital city, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium. An abundance of ancient relics and structures each culture left behind have been preserved. In the old Sultanahmet District you can see magnificent Blue Mosque and, in the same visit, go to the nearby Hagia Sophia—a Greek Orthodox church that became a mosque and is now a museum)—and the Ottoman-era Topkapı Palace. The century-old Grand Bazaar is a spectacle not to be missed. The goods inside are dazzling to behold and it is a good place to buy souvenirs.
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Hagia Sophia Museum
4.6/5
1,134 Reviews
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D33***16it’s an amazing architecture with a beautiful interior it’s a place of worship for the Muslims it is known that it was a church in the past and converted
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
4.5/5
1,228 Reviews
Mosque
E28***45Historical mosque with fantastic architechtural elements.
Basilica Cistern
4.5/5
583 Reviews
Herman_travellerThis place is located just cross the road from Hagia Sophia and the entrance ticket is only 20 Turkish lira. There are many famous columns inside such as Medusa's head column and crying column.
Bosporus
4.6/5
762 Reviews
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GLS***74If you go here and don't visit one of Istanbul's historic hammams, you deserve a spanking. That said, the experience here is over the top and you'll feel like a sultan. Well-trained therapists and a gorgeous facility. A nice mix of Turkish tradition and modern indulgence. Guests get a 50% discount on weekdays so let that be additional encouragement to stay at the hotel.
Topkapi Palace
4.5/5
577 Reviews
Palace
Matthew FoldiTopkapi Palace is an incredibly historic site, home to Ottoman Sultans and it really feels like Sultans still live there.
Grand Bazaar
4.3/5
498 Reviews
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roses_are_rosieypeace to you 🌹usually a busy place Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) is the ultimate covered market. Its 5,000+ vendors hawk carpets, beaded bracelets, gold and silver jewelry, multicolored lanterns, leather goods, ceramics, belly-dancing outfits, and more. With goods that span all price ranges, you’ll find the perfect souvenir in the bazaar’s labyrinthine alleys. The Basics Getting lost in the Grand Bazaar is part of the experience, as every twist and turn reveals interesting Turkish goods. Built in the 15th century during the Ottoman era, the market remains an active and lively center of commerce—and today, tourism—in Istanbul.

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Welcome to Taksim Square, the very heart of Istanbul in Turkey. Do you know what the word Taksim means? Its literal translation is distribution or division, and that’s precisely where the waterlines and main source of water branches and spreads out to the various parts of the city! For obvious reasons this heartland has turned into a commercial tourist hub and can be the most exciting part of your trip
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Designing, planning, and building the structures we inhabit is the job of architects the world over. Marrying form and function, they seek to balance complex and often contradictory imperatives. Styles range the gamut from subdued to ostentatious. In seeking to highlight amazing architectural treasures from around the world, we looked far and wide to showcase a diverse range. Spanning nearly every continent, these represent among the finest buildings and landmarks on offer. These are 10 amazing architectural landmarks from around the world.
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Istanbul Transportation

Flights: Istanbul is located between the European and Asian continents and as such its airport is important as a transit terminal and many countries have direct flights to it. Currently, Istanbul has 3 international airports; Ataturk International Airport which caters to the flights from Europe; Sabe Koz Thain airport for Latin America and Asian flights, and Istanbul Ataturk Airport for cargo freight.

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Cruise along the Bosporus Straits and you will have the mystical experience of having Europe on your left and Asia on your right. Treasure hunting at the ancient Islamic minarets, enjoying the sights of antiquated trams passing by, and visit the Dolmabahce sultan palace to witness the splendor and glory of the Ottoman Empire of old. Landmarks not to be missed are the Hagia Sophia Ayasofya (Church of Divine Wisdom) built during the 6th century and Sultanahmet Mosque, one of the most magnificent buildings in Turkey. In the afternoon, you could chill out at a cafe and savor Turkish Red Tea and Turkish Coffee Divination. In bustling and yet ancient Istanbul, every inch of land seems like a historical poem and you will love it if you are there.

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Helpful Information about Istanbul
Language
Turkish
Time Zone
UTC +3
Peak Season
April- October
Currency
Turkish Lira
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police:155,Fire:110,Ambulance:112

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Weather Forecast and Travel Tips for Istanbul
Nov 28, 2020 Istanbul Weather:Clear, Northeasterly Wind:0-10 kph, Humidity:64%, Sunrise/Sunset:08:07/17:37
Istanbul Driving:Suitable, Running:Suitable, Cycling:Suitable
Istanbul has a Mediterranean climate with its hot and dry summer, and warm and rainy winter. From April to October is the peak tourist season of which the spring in April and May and autumn from September to October are warm and comfortable and there is big day and night temperature difference. When taking a cruise though the Bosporus Straits, do take note to put on extra clothing as the sea breeze could get rather chilly. The weather turns hot from June to August and it is the best timing to hit the beach. Winter in Istanbul is from November to March and bringing warmer clothing along is advisable.

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