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Grand Bazaar - Kapali Carsi

Local Tip Make sure to check out the competition first, decide what price you're prepared to pay for it, and then get ready to haggle fiercely.Opening prices are absurd, but if it's quick gifts you're after, half the...

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Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet Cami

Local Tip The Blue Mosque is a working mosque, so visiting times are controlled but entrance is free. Make sure you know the various times the Mosque is closed for prayer.

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Rock'n Coke

Rock'n Coke

17 Jul - 19 Jul

One of Istanbul's funnest and most raucous events, Rock'n Coke is a must if you're in the city whilst it's on. Held every two years, sponsored by company giant Coca Cola, and spanning three wild nights; this is big with a capital b. Traditionally held in Istanbul's Hezarfen Airfield, this is a prime location if you're wanting to let your... more »

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Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet Cami

If the wail of the minarets doesn't awaken your senses, then one of Istanbul's most visited mosque- the Sultanahmet/ Blue Mosque- certainly will. more »

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Armada Terrace Restaurant

Armada Terrace Restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Armada Hotel. The Restaurant enjoys stunning views, with the Marmara Sea and Bosphorus on one side and the Blue Mosque on the other. more »

Istanbul Photos

Galata Bridge © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Galata Bridge © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Istanbul at night by Mista Riggs

Istanbul at night by Mista Riggs

Golden Horn ©Helen Simpson

Golden Horn ©Helen Simpson

©Andrew Sawvell

©Andrew Sawvell

Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

Istiklal Street

Istiklal Street

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Bosphorus Cruise by Mista Riggs

Bosphorus Cruise by Mista Riggs

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

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