5 Must- See and Do in Istanbul

Istanbul was one of our favorites cities while traveling on our Round-the-World trip in 2012. Check out this article that was shared with talking about 5 must see sights while visiting Istanbul.

One of the cultural meccas of the world and fusion of East and West is the city of Istanbul. Ancient building and structures, intriguing streets, and markets all bundled in a modern city make Istanbul a unique gem to visit during your holiday. These 5 places should certainly be on your list of things to see and do while there.

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Galata Tower
If it's a skyline view you're looking for, this is the place to come a see it. A 67 meters high over the city of Istanbul is where the Galata Tower makes it's peak and offers fantastic views of the old city. Erected in 1348 the Tower of Christ, a medieval tower made of stone, was once the tallest building in all of Istanbul. Once used as an observation tower lookout point for fires in the area, this tower is now updated to the max and is complete with night club, restaurant and cafe.

Istanbul Archaeological Museum
One of the most important museums in the country, is the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Actually three museums rolled into one, the Ancient Orient Museum, Tiled Kiosk Museum, and the Archaeological museum all offer a massive collection totaling over a million pieces from all over the world. The invaluable sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, Tiled Kiosk dating back to 1472, and  other priceless artifacts are all located here.

Hagia Sophia
Built in 537 the Greek Eastern Orthodox basilica started this house of worship's legacy. It was ruled by the Patriarch of Constantinople until it changed to a Roman Catholic Church for nearly six decades. It once was the world's largest cathedral and around 1453 is became a mosque. After closing for some time, it reopened as the museum we know today and has been that way since 1935. It's a classic example of Byzantine architecture and has inspired other amazing structures in the city.

The Blue Mosque
Dating back to the 17th century this magnificent building is an absolutely must see. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the city and when you get here, it will be obvious why. There are over 20,000 impressive and detailed ceramic tiles adorning the entire inside of this building. There are 200 stained glass windows which illuminate the amazing craftsmanship that when into this structure.

The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar is an experience like no other. The smell of spices, the walkways inundated with crafts, ceramics, antiques, jewelry and more will be an overload on the senses in the best way possible. The bazaar is one of the largest indoor markets in the world and boats around 5,000 shops.

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