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Things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the cities in Turkey. It is rich in culture and history and is known worldwide for its tourist activities. Istanbul has a lot to offer you from historic mosques, to delicious Turkish food and the physical remains of the different empires that all ruled Turkey before the Ottomans decided to take over. There is so much to see in this city filled with culture, romance, history and art. It is truly an experience of a lifetime.

Istanbul Turkey

There is much to do in this city and among the things to do in Istanbul is to firstly visit the beautiful grand mosques that are known as tourist attractions worldwide. The Suleymaniye Mosque is not one of the largest mosques in the city, but it is one of the Ottoman mosques that has preserved its buildings and architecture throughout the many years. Suleymaniye means the ‘magnificent’ and it truly holds up to its name. This was the 4th grand mosque that was built at the time. This mosque was built during 1550 and 1557. The mosque is absolutely beautiful from the inside where it has gardens, ablution fountains and a massive 3 sided courtyard. On the right side of the mosque as you enter, are tombs of Suleyman and his wife Haseki Hurram Sultan. Both of their tombs are built with exceptional tile work with jewel like lights shining through. Taking a trip to the Aya Sofya is one of the many things to do in Istanbul. What was once a Church, then a Mosque and then turned into museum in 1935 is now a worldwide tourist attraction. The building is rich in culture and history from both of the religions and beliefs. There is so much to learn from this museum to acknowledge the beauty, architecture and styles of each and every room, floor and artwork.


Places to visit in Istanbul


Topkapi Palace is one of the most stunning palaces to visit in the city. It is home to some of the world’s most historic and cultural stories, and more history than any museum around the world put together. So much has happened in this palace between the 18th and the 19th centuries when it belonged to the Ottoman Empire as their court. When you enter the main gate to the palace, you can see the decorative styled fountain that was built by Sultan Ahmet in 1728. There are 4 courts in the palace where you can walk around and take a look at the different areas where the Sultans would live, sleep, eat, pray, work and so on. The palace is a major tourist attraction all around the world and it is a great place to go with families and friends. Visiting the Grand Bazaar should also be on your list of things to do in your stay in Istanbul. It is located in Istanbul’s old city and has been there for centuries. Tourists come here to shop, enjoy the famous Turkish tea and try their hand at bargaining prices with shopkeepers. Inside the lanes, you will find more shops and many artisans who are at work. It is a lively and culturally open shopping space for people to enjoy and take back a little something to remember your time in Turkey.

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Things to do in Istanbul - Suleymaniye Mosque

Things to do in Istanbul - Suleymaniye Mosque

Al Ain is called the garden city of the United Arab Emirates since the town is located at an oasis. The city highlights a few historic sites like the Al Jahili fort, as well as museums. The city has zoos and parks, where one can take in the beauty of desert flora and fauna. You can always return to the shopping malls for your needs.

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Things to do in Istanbul - Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Things to do in Istanbul - Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven emirates of the UAE. The city’s history lies in fishing and pearl diving and has some of the old fishing villages preserved. The city also offers fishing as an activity tourists can enjoy themselves in. Ras Al Khaimah offers its guests some delights of the desert, like camel racing and Desert safaris.

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Things to do in Istanbul - Topkapi Palace

Things to do in Istanbul - Topkapi Palace

Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s major cities, it is also called garden city because of the trees that one will see in its suburbs. The city is loved for its garden and natural beauty. One can also take the TranzAlpine train that draws attention to the scenic wonder. There are historic cathedrals that stand in the city as well.

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Things to do in Istanbul - Turkua Zoo

Things to do in Istanbul - Turkua Zoo

Dunedin is a city proud of its Scottish heritage and is also referred to as the Edinburgh of the south. You’ll see your share of historic architecture and museums to tour. You can enjoy the city’s natural wonders like Otago Peninsula and Penguin place along with outdoor activities presented. Do inquire about the city’s landmarks and tours.