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Istanbul

Bringing together elements from Byzantine, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Turkish civilizations, Istanbul has evolved over centuries into a city of great cultural significance.
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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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Hagia Sophia - Ayasofya Museum

Local Tip A must see, the Hagia Sophia, once the greatest church in the Christian world until its conversion into a mosque in 1453, is now one of Istanbul's most well known and breathtakingly beautiful museums.

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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

Istiklal Street

Istiklal Street

Hagia Sophia by Mista Riggs

Hagia Sophia by Mista Riggs

©Andrew Sawvell

©Andrew Sawvell

Sultanahmet © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Sultanahmet © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Galata Bridge © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Galata Bridge © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Eyup Mosque ©Helen Simpson

Eyup Mosque ©Helen Simpson

Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

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