5 Top Istanbul Attractions You Must Visit

In one of our previous articles about top places to visit in Istanbul, we offered you exciting recommendations that genuinely will blow your mind away and drag you to visit Istanbul at every possible chance, to feed your mind with Istanbul’s charm:

1- the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıçı)
Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul

Those who have visited Istanbul city before will be familiar with the civilizations mixed within the different parts of the city; once upon a time, Constantinople was the homeland for Byzantines, Romans, Seljuks, and Ottoman Turks, and each of them left impacts that still stand today. The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıçı) is a manifestation of this heritage, used to store the water supply for the Byzantine emperors.

The interior architecture possesses 336 columns with magic design in 12 rows at a very high altitude.
Don’t ever think about leaving Istanbul before visiting the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıçı); otherwise, your Istanbul trip will be incomplete.

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2- Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Fatih, İstanbul

Just steps away from Topkapi Palace, you will find another Architectural masterpiece, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, the extraordinary witness of all the great civilizations that take (Constantinople) Istanbul home for its emperors.
The museum has three buildings; each has its theme of glory that refers to a different majestic era of Turkey’s history. The museum owns several tombs belonging to the BC era and room for a wide range of ceramic art belonging to  Sultan  Mehmet the Conqueror’s collection.

Actually, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum is offering you a journey through time, don’t miss it; otherwise, you won’t be able to explore the hidden mysterious surprises behind the wall.

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3– Galata Tower ( Galata Kulesi)
Location: Beyoğlu, Istanbul

At the height of 52 floors, you will see one of the most beautiful views of the charming city of Istanbul, on the Golden Bay, from the balcony of Galata Tower, Istanbul’s most famous landmark.

The Tower was stored several times since being built in the 14th century due to the successive conflict in Istanbul; Galata Tower got fired, restored later, and hosts its visitors.
On the roof of the top floor of Galata Tower, there’s a restaurant offering you an excellent spot for a romantic dinner; we highly recommend you to go as early as you can, due to the long queue at the Tower’s entrance.

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4- Yedikule Fortress (Yedikule Hisarı)
Fatih, Istanbul

In the 5th century, on Constantinople’s defensive walls, Emperor Theodosius II built the YediKule Fortress, one of Istanbul’s most magnificent archaeologic landmarks.

When the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, they used the Fortress as a defensive wall, a prison, and an execution place; later, the YediKule Fortress was restored and became a national museum, open for visitors.

Actually, this time we will insist on you visiting the YediKule Fortress but don’t forget to wear comfy shoes that will facilitate your climbing the high walls of the castle; you will regret not climbing the wall to see the view.

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5- Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower)
Uskudar, Istanbul

Let’s move to the Asian side of Istanbul city, where the story of charm and magic continues; before reaching the shore, there’s a historic building that will grab your attention, the Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower), which actually has a sad story, that refers to the naming of the Tower (Maiden’s Tower), according to locals, one of the Ottoman Sultans wanted to protect her daughter from being assassinated, so he built the Tower to keep her safe, but Unfortunately, she was killed by poisoned fruits.

However, the Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower)‘s unhappy image transacted from being a gloomy place to one of the most romantic spots in Istanbul, where you can reach it by boat and have an exclusive romantic dinner in the middle of Bousphoures’s water, in fact, Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) suitable for a marriage proposal, we told you it’s a very romantic and intimate place.

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In fact, it’s unimaginable to research all the fascinating sites of Istanbul within one journey; so all you have to do is come back to Istanbul again and again but first, connect with us; our team will be ready to refill your checklist with a chubby bunch of thrilling suggestions for tourist attractions and also prepare tours for amazing experiences in the city.

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