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Exotic sights, scents & sounds reign in this fascinating city where Europe & Asia meet. Istanbul has served as a capital for 3 mighty empires which have all left their marks behind converting this metropolis into a mind boggling open air museum. It is Istanbul's endless variety & diversity that fascinates the visitor. The museums, churches, palaces, mosques, bazaars, scenery, the people & vibe make Istanbul 'the city of past, present & future'. Reclining on the European shore of the Bosphorus at sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected through the windows of the Asian shore you may suddenly & profoundly understand why so many centuries ago the settlers chose to build on this remarkable site...

 

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A fusion of age old glories and a cool  contemporary 21st century culture, Istanbul has survived two millennia of extraordinary history. The city holds appeal for all interests - architecture, art, religion, culture, nightlife, cuisine, romance and more...

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Cagaloglu Hamami, one of the city’s best-known & most picturesque bathhouses, it was built in 1741 by Sultan Mahmut I, with the intention of raising funds to support his library in Haghia Sophia. International figures from King Edward VIII to Kaiser Wilhelm, from Franz Lizst to Florence Nightingale, are all reputed to have bathed here.   Istanbul Cagaloglu Turkish Bath
     
Istanbul Modern, this cutting-edge gallery’s  collection of modern Turkish painting, sculpture & photography is augmented by touring exhibitions, video-audio installations & art-house cinema. Turkish art has been known for tradition rather than innovation, set in a beautifully converted warehouse on the Bosphorus, this museum is sure to surprise.   Istanbul Modern Arts Museum
 
Chora Museum, (St. Saviour Church), is home to 1 of the world’s finest collections of Byzantine art; more than 100 magnificent mosaics & frescoes depicting biblical images were commissioned in 1315. The church was converted into a mosque in the 16th century & like many other former places of worship in Istanbul, Chora is now a splendid museum.  
 
Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics it's a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul. Life & trade have been bustling under the high domed roof of the Egyptian Bazaar since 1664. Here you can find spices, herbal medicine, aromatic incenses, fragrant oils & more...   Istanbul, Egyptian Bazaar
     
Basilica Cistern, this beautiful 'Sunken Palace', as the Turkish name has it, was built as a vast  underground water-storage tank. The structure was expanded in 532 A.D to ensure that Constantinople was always supplied with water; it has an area of 9,800 sq/m, it once held 80 million litres of water, the roof is supported by 336 pillars, 8 m in height.   Istanbul Basilica Cistern
     
Miniaturk, here’s a chance to take in all of Turkey’s finest sights in a single afternoon, Europes finest miniature park on the shore of the Golden Horn contains 1:25 scale models of the country’s most impressive structures, from the Bosphorus Bridge to Haghia Sophia, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Mt. Nemrut, Istanbul Airport, Ephesus, Troy & more...  
     
Cicek Pasaji, an icon of Beyoglu's past & present, the Cicek Pasaji occupies a stunning rococo arcade, the original of which dates to 1876. It is somewhat a miniature version of the famous Galleria in Milan, Italy. The building hosts rows of meyhanes, winehouses & restaurants serving delicious food, it is one of the most entertaining places where locals are regulars.  
     
Important note : Please excuse us, as the above list consists of only & most definitely less than %1 of attractions or activities in Istanbul & these may rank differently on each & every travellers to do list and therefore should be considered only in conjunction with the other %99. Please visit the following link for Istanbul's statistically most visited sights. Istanbul major attractions
     
 
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