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The Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern

4.5/5583 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”.
Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

4.5/5574 Reviews
Palace
Business hours TBA (Local time)
Topkapi Palace was the official government and residence of Ottoman Sultan in the city from 1465 to 1853. It is now transformed into a museum that shows the world the past and amazing treasures of royal life. The palace was ordered to be built in 1459 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of the Byzantine Empire. The emperor who was famous in history chose this highland on the left side of the Bosphorus. The sea and the Golden Horn are in full view, and its history and grandeur are the treasures of Turkey.
Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace

4.6/5353 Reviews
Palace
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Dolmabahce Palace built in 19th-century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of the Ottoman Sultans residing there. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk transferred all government functions to the youthful capital but on his visits to Istanbul Ataturk occupied a small room at Dolmabahce Palace as his own. He stayed, welcomed his foreign guests and made a practical center for national, historical and language congress and for international conferences.
Historic Areas of Istanbul

Historic Areas of Istanbul

4.6/5153 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
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The Old Town of Istanbul was included in the World Cultural Heritage in 1985. This historical site with a collection of monuments and museums is also the essence of Istanbul tourism, covering the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Groundwater Palace, etc. Many famous attractions. Looking around here, it is the vicissitudes of places of interest and monuments, witnessing the historical evolution of Istanbul for thousands of years.
Baths of Lady Hurrem

Baths of Lady Hurrem

4.3/535 Reviews
Historical Site
Bathhouse
Walls of Constantinople

Walls of Constantinople

4.4/565 Reviews
Historical Site
Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Palace

4.3/532 Reviews
Palace
Hippodrome (At Meydani)

Hippodrome (At Meydani)

4.4/534 Reviews
Historical Site
Ciragan Palace

Ciragan Palace

4/524 Reviews
Historical Site
Palace
Serpent Column

Serpent Column

4.2/514 Reviews
Historical Site
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