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Beyoglu District and the Galata Tower

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Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Museum

Local Tip This is an attraction that you might at first not think to visit, however, that would be a mistake, it's truly impressive and surprises most people and is suitable for all the family. It's also very well...

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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

Istanbul Market ©Andrew Sawvell

Istanbul Market ©Andrew Sawvell

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Golden Horn ©Helen Simpson

Golden Horn ©Helen Simpson

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Bosphorus ©Helen Simpson

Bosphorus ©Helen Simpson

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Bosphorus by Mista Riggs

Bosphorus by Mista Riggs

Bosphorus © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Bosphorus © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Sultanahmet © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Sultanahmet © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

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