Istanbul, Turkey is one of the cities in the world that has retained the beauty of its tradition, culture, and stunning architecture. This place is visited by millions every year because of the many and landmarks that are truly unique to the country.

If this is your first time to set foot in the country, here are some places that you must visit:

Blue Mosque / Sultan Ahmed Mosque

The architecture of this famous tourist destination is simply breathtaking. The traditional Islamic architecture, the great design of the handmade ceramic tiles, and the marble sculptures will sure be admired by all visitors.

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace on the Seraglio Point, residence of Ottoman Sultans for 400 years, is another must-see. Marvel at the architectural beauty of the Baghdat, Revan, and Sofa Pavilion.

Grand Bazaar

This place is one of the largest covered markets in the world. With more than 4,000 shops gracing its streets, you will not run out of things to shop for. There are kiosks, mosques, hamams, and cafes, so a day’s activity is perfect to spend here.

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

This museum is home to the mosaics from the Byzantine Period discovered in the Great Palace. If you want to see pieces of history housed in an elaborate setting, you must visit this place.

Hagia Sophia

The history behind this place is simply impressive. It was a church for more than 900 years before it became a mosque for more than 480. It is now a museum that is visited by millions each year, and it has also been considered as one of the largest cathedral in the world for about a thousand years.

Istiklal Avenue / Independence Avenue

If you’re a fan of cafés, restaurants, bookshops, and stylish stores, visit this avenue. Aside from places to hang out in and shops to buy great stuff from, you will also get to see the Tunel, one of the world’s oldest subway stations.

Basilica Cistern

This is an ancient cistern that is a tourist favorite. Walk along the wooden walkways as you see the intricate designs of the palace. You will also certainly enjoy the water dripping from the ceiling and the Medusa heads that support the columns.

Galata Bridge

This bridge is best to visit at sunset, for it will give you the best backdrop while walking along its streets. Go further underneath it and you’ll have a lot of restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Whether you’re a history buff or simply a curious traveler, you will surely learn a lot from these three museums— Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient, and Museum of Islamic Art—they’re great places to learn about the different civilizations in the world.

Babylon Istanbul

This venue is for the music lovers who love to watch bands in a lively atmosphere. The place plays a diverse set of music genres such as jazz, world, rock, and electronica and has been a venue of concerts of famous musicians from all over the world.


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