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Yeretaban Cistern Basilica (Sunken Palace)


Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Caddesi 1/3, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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Located at the Sultanahmet square (close to Hagia Sophia), the Yeretaban Cistern Basilica, also known as the "Sunken Palace", was constructed by Justinian after 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace primarily. Today it has been completely renovated. Water still drips melancholically through the ceiling, and the brick-domed ceiling echoes classical music. It is a very impressive, magical place which you must see when you visit Istanbul!

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Hagia Sophia museum


Ayasofya Meydanı, Sultanahmet Fatih, Turkey

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Hagia Sophia is a gem of architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. Open for visit every day except Mondays. The winter visiting hours are from 9.00 to 17.00, with the final entry being at 16.00. During the summer, the visiting hours are between 9.00 and 19.00, with the final entry being at 18.00. Passes are available at the box office in the museum.

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Sultan Ahmed mosque (Blue mosque)


Sultan Ahmet Mh., Torun Sk No:19, 34400 Istanbul, Turkey

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Known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. Mosque comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides being a tourist attraction, it's also an active mosque, so during the prayer time it's closed for non-worshippers.

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Grand Baazar


Beyazit, İstanbul, Turkey

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The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery and the like.

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Topkapi Palace


Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

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Topkapi Palace was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century.

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