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Once the seat of two massive empires, Istanbul has been shaped by its colorful history. From massive Byzantine churches that still captivate visitors' attention to towering Ottoman mosques, history can be found in each building no matter what part of the city you wander through. Architecture buffs will get a thrill from the ancient buildings while foodies will spend their day indulging in traditional Turkish cuisine like doner kebabs and lamb kefta. If you're looking to take a memory home from the city, head to the Grand Bazaar and try your hand at haggling with the locals.

Things To Do in Istanbul

Turkey Istanbul Old Tunnel Karakoy Beyoglu

Take a Ride to the Past

Turkey Istanbul Old Tunnel Karakoy Beyoglu

Turkey Istanbul Old Tunnel Karakoy Beyoglu

Take a Ride to the Past

Hop onboard the Tunel, the second-oldest underground urban train in the world. Running between Karakoy and Tunel Square, the funicular has been running since 1875. Its purpose was to allow traders and merchants to get up and down the steep hill faster. Now it shuttles locals and tourists.

Turkey Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior

Marvel at the Blue Mosque

Turkey Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior

Turkey Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior

Marvel at the Blue Mosque

Tilt your head back and prepare to be captivated by the dazzling building known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Blue Mosque. The walls are covered with more than 20,000 hand-painted blue tiles that catch the natural light at the perfect moment from more than 200 windows.

Turkey Istanbul Hagia Sophia Domes
Turkey Istanbul Hagia Sophia Domes

A Byzantine Beauty

Completed in the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia is one of the crown jewels when it comes to Byzantine architecture. The massive dome alone is worth the trip to Istanbul. Admire what was once the world's largest cathedral until 1520.

Turkey Istanbul Doner Local Cuisine
Turkey Istanbul Doner Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

Get a delicious doner kebab made with succulent slow-roasted meat served in a wrap or pita with yogurt, tomato sauce and butter or try a collection of meze, or appetizers, like fava or muhammara. Another great food possibility is a balik ekmek, a popular sandwich that's made with grilled fish, onions, and lettuce. No doubt, you'll have a plethora of food options in Istanbul.

Turkey Istanbul Grand Bazaar Shopping
Turkey Istanbul Grand Bazaar Shopping

Shopping

With one of the world's largest covered bazaars, Istanbul is the perfect place to shop for a fun souvenir or traditional Turkish goods. Head to the Grand Bazaar and try your hand at haggling with the locals over spices, textiles and more.

Experttips
Experttips
1 In the Grand Bazaar, make sure you're ready to haggle.
2 Cover up in the Blue Mosque. It is a functioning mosque and you should be respectful when visiting.
3 Be aware ahead of time that knees, shoulders and heads must be covered.

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