Here are the top 16 tourist attractions to see in Istanbul:

1. Hagia Sophia

4.5 /5

0 km
from city center
1 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

Arguably the most spectacular examples of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, and today is a museum and one of the country's biggest attractions.

2. Basilica Cistern

4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
2 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

The largest cistern in the city of Istanbul, built underneath the Stoa Basilica. It has hundreds of decorated columns and is a simply breathtaking piece of architecture.

3. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

4.2 /5

0 km
from city center
3 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

This huge and beautiful mosque right opposite the Hagia Sofia is famous for its blue interiors and hundreds of thousands of detailed decorations.

4. Topkapi Palace

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

The Topkapi Palace is a majestic building which served as the main residence of the Ottoman emperors for nearly 400 years. Today it serves as one of the most important museums of Istanbul.

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5. SÙleymaniye Mosque

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

The largest mosque in Istanbul. It took 7 years to build till 1557 and is an iconic landmark of the city.

6. Bosphorus Strait

3.7 /5

15 km
from city center
6 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

The Bosphorus Strait is the dividing waterway between Europe and Asia. It makes for an ideal cruise for some scenic views.

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7. Chora Church

3.7 /5

4 km
from city center
7 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

A church belonging to the Greek Orthodox and was converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. It today serves as a museum with some spectacular mosaics and frescoes.

8. Dolmabahe Palace

3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
8 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

The Dolmabahe Palace was the main residence of operation for the Ottomans after the Topkapi. It is built along the Bosphorus Strait and is another stunning imperial structure which today serves as a major tourist attraction.

9. Grand Bazaar

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
9 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

An unbelievably huge covered market with thousands of shops and one of the most busiest markets in the entire world!

10. Rahmi M. Koç Museum

3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

An interactive and fun museum of transport, industry and communications which was opened by Rahmi M. Ko, a member of the wealthiest Turkish dynasty.

11. Rustem Pasha Mosque

3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
11 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

This Ottoman mosque is another of the stunning works of imperial Mimar Sinan, with various intricate details and designs all over.

12. Gulhane Park

3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
12 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

One of the biggest and most beautiful parks in Istanbul, popular among locals for picnics and recreation.

13. Miniaturk

3.4 /5

6 km
from city center
13 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

Miniaturk is a fascinating miniature model park of Turkish buildings. It is one of the largest such parks in the world.

14. Istanbul Modern Museum

3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
14 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

A large museum housing collections of contemporary art mainly by Turkish artists.

15. Istanbul Archaeology Museums

3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
15 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

This is an incredible museum complex of 3 buildings that houses archaeological collections of more than 1 million items.

16. Emirgan Park

3.2 /5

13 km
from city center
16 out of 16
places to visit in Istanbul

This sprawling park of more than a 117 acres is a splendid example of the Turkish gardens from the Ottoman empire.

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