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Istanbul City Attractions You Must Visit Before You Die

8th May 2015

Blue mosque: one of the symbols of Istanbul. It got its name from the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. When visiting please remember to take your shoes off, keep shoulders, knees and hair covered.
How to get there: Tram: the nearest tram stop is Sultanahmed. From here you walk 3 minutes to the Blue Mosque.
Metro: the nearest metro stop is Aksaray


 


Hagia Sophia. Built in 532 BC as an orthodox, basilica became famous for the tremendous dome which was the first one that size to be built. It was later transformed into a mosque and is a museum now.
How to get there: Tram, the nearest tram stop is Sultanahmed. It’s a 2 minutes walk to Hagia Sophia.
Metro: the nearest metro stop is Aksaray


 


Topkapi Palace: the residence for ottoman empires for nearly 400 years, today it holds various exhibitions as well as one of the holy relics of the Muslim world: Prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword.
How to get there: The nearest Tram Station is Sultanahmed. It’s a 6 minutes walk to the palace.
Metro: the nearest metro stop is Aksaray


 


Galata Tower:  with its prominent roof, it is one of the landmarks of Istanbul, it holds a superb restaurant at the top with macnificant views of Istanbul. 


How to get there: The nearest Tram station is Karaköy, 10 minutes walks to the tower
The nearest Ferry station is Karaköy, 15 minutes walk to the tower
Metro: the nearest metro stop is Sishane


 


Archeological Museum: established in 1881 its one of the largest museums of this kind in the world, its highlights is cuneiform inscriptions – the earliest known form of written expression, a system of pictographs.
How to get there: The nearest Tram Station is Sirkeci. From there you walk 3 minutes.
The nearest Ferry station is Eminönü with a 10 minutes walk to the museum.
Metro: the nearest stop is Aksaray.


 


Underground cistern: there are many of them in Istanbul but two of them have been restored beautifully and are open for visitors.
Binbirdirek Sarnici :( cistern) meaning 1001 columns. It is the oldest one in Istanbul and has been restored in the year 2002. It holds today 212 of the once 224 columns. It is located in the district of Fatih close to the Blue Mosque.
Yerebatan Sarnici: (cistern) it is the largest of all cisterns, the base of two columns displaying the head of Medusa. The cistern is illuminated with a soft lightshow and classical music. 1963 the cistern was used as apart of the James Bond Film “From Russia with Love”. It is located in the district of Fatih, close to the blue mosque.
How to get there: The nearest Tram station is Sultanahmed from there you walk 2 minutes
Metro: the nearest Metro station is Aksaray


 



 


Gülhane-Park: located below the Topkapi Palace on the European side is this one of the oldest parks in the city. In the eastern corner is one of the entrances to the museum of Archaeology.


How to get there:The nearest Tram Station is Sultanahmet from where you walk in 4 minutes to the park.
Metro: the nearest Metro station is Aksaray


 


Chora Church: an ancient byzantine church located on the European side which was turned into a mosque by the ottomans. The church displays beautiful mosaics and frescoes.
How to get there:The nearest Metro Station is Topkapi-Ulubatli; from there you walk 10 minutes to the church.
The nearest Tram station is Edirnekapi; from here you walk 5 minutes to the church.


 


Dolmabahce Palace: In the district of Besiktas on the European side you will find the famous Dolmabahce Palace, located on the coastline of the Bosphorus strait, the ceilings within the palace are covered with 14 tons of gold, it is home to the world’s largest chandelier which has 750 lamps and a weight of 4, 5 tons which was given as a gift from Queen Victoria. The palace holds the record with its collection of Bohemian and Baccarat chandeliers and even one of the great staircases has bannisters of Baccarat crystal.
The nearest Ferry station is Iskele; from here you walk 10 minutes to the palace
The nearest Tram station is Kabatas, a 15 minutes walk to the Palace
The nearest Metro station is Kabatas.


 


Süleymaniye mosque: one of the best known sights in Istanbul located on the third hill. It’s an ottoman imperial mosque and the second largest in the city. It is located on the European side
How to get there:The nearest Tram Station is Laleli Üniversite, from there it’s a 15 minutes walk
The nearest Metro station is Aksaray.


 



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