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Best attractions to visit in Istanbul

1. Taksim square - Istanbul view 360

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Taksim square

2. Spice bazaar - Istanbul view 360

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Spice bazaar

3. Bereketzade Street - Istanbul view 360

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Bereketzade Street

4. Sultan Mausoleums - Istanbul view 360

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Sultan Mausoleums

5. Sultan Ahmed Cesmesi - Istanbul view 360

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Sultan Ahmed Cesmesi

6. Sultan Ahmed Park - Istanbul view 360

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Sultan Ahmed Park

7. Mahmut Turbesi ve Haziresi - Istanbul view 360

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Mahmut Turbesi ve Haziresi

8. Basilica Cistern - Istanbul

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is one of the most magical places we have ever been to. If you don’t know what a cistern is, it is a reservoir for storing water. This particular cistern is no ordinary cistern, as it was made in the 6th century during the Byzantine era. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city and it is easy to see why; there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Back in those days it is easy to see that practicality wasn’t really the main focus of things. Nowadays if a reservoir is built, it is very industrial looking. The Basilica Cistern, on the other hand, is full of things to marvel at. The columns are absolutely beautiful and feature great art. The reason they look so magical is that they have been affected by water and have a green sheen on them, like submerged items often do. The green shine gives them a mysterious otherworldly look. Don’t be worried though, the cistern is very well maintained and has been renovated often, so there are no safety issues. We wouldn’t recommend missing out on a visit here if you are in Istanbul.

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9. Bosphorus Bridge - Istanbul

Bosphorus Bridge

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of the best modern sights in Istanbul. In a city filled with so much historical beauty it is refreshing to see that the new things are beautiful as well. The bridge was always remarkable and was the 4th largest bridge of its kind when it was made. Nowadays the most outstanding aspect of the bridge isn’t its size, but rather its lighting. The whole bridge has a system of LED lights which are controlled by computers. These lights can change colors and show patterns. Istanbul is already a beautiful city but the Bosphorus Bridge lighting up and changing colors is a sight to behold. What we liked to do was find a bench or spot which had a good view of the bridge, and just talk with our friends while eating snacks. The bridge looks like any other bridge in the day so we would recommend coming here in the night time, when the lighting is visible and active. It is also a great photo opportunity, as anyone who seen this bridge in the background of your photo is bound to ask you what that thing is. Videos work even better.

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10. Chora Church - Istanbul

Chora Church

The Chora Church used to be a church, then it became a mosque, and now it is a museum. To us, this cycle is actually a very good representation of the steps Turkey has gone through, and how much its history varies from other countries. Turkey is half Asian and half European, truly one of the most unique countries in the world. The Chora Church was a church in the byzantine era, and was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman era. It was converted to a museum after World War 2. The interior of the church is decorated with the original mosaic tiles which were here when the place was a church. The mosaics are wonderful and historically important, and are great pieces of art as well. The church itself is very good from the outside and from the inside, and it actually does look like a hybrid of both a mosque and a church. We would highly recommend the museum within the building now to anyone who has even a passing interest in history. The frescoes inside the museum are world famous as well, and art lovers from all over the world come here just to be able to admire the frescoes and mosaics themselves.

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