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List of best things to do in Istanbul. What are the top attractions in Istanbul, Turkey? This list ranks the most popular things to see and do in Istanbul. From the Golden Horn to the Grand Bazaar, there are plenty of things to experience in Istanbul. 

Although Istanbul is known for its famous mosques, the historic open-air markets selling trinkets, rugs, spices and jewelry continually draw visitors to the city year after year. The Grand Bazaar is Turkey's oldest and largest covered market that hundreds of thousands of visitors visit each day, though there are many other markets and shopping centers in Turkey that range from historic to modern. While visiting one of the many markets, be sure to nosh on typical Turkish cuisine. Kebabs and pilaf are two famous Turkish dishes. If you're looking for cheap and inexpensive things to do in Turkey, visiting the bustling markets is a great way to spend a day and get a taste of the Turkish culture and traditions.

Istanbul is a great walking and public transportation city. Use the tram to get across the city or a ferry across the Bosphorus, a strait sometimes known as the Istanbul Strait that separates Asia from Europe. Mosques are usually free and are open to visitors outside of times of worship. 

What are the best things to do in Istanbul? Use this list to rank Istanbul's most popular attractions. If your favorite tourist attractions in Istanbul aren't on the list of attractions in Istanbul, make sure to add them.

 

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Hagia Sophia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Turkey

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Rumelihisarı is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Rumelihisarı Istanbul, Turkey

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Galata Tower is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Topkapı Palace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Topkapı Palace Istanbul, Turkey

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Beylerbeyi Palace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Beylerbeyi Palace Istanbul, Turkey

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Walls of Constantinople is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Walls of Constantinople Istanbul, Turkey

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque Istanbul, Turkey

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Dolmabahçe Palace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Istanbul Archaeology Museums is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul Archaeology Museums Istanbul, Turkey

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Little Hagia Sophia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Galata Bridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Golden Horn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Golden Horn Turkey

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Valens Aqueduct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Basilica Cistern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Basilica Cistern Istanbul, Turkey

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Grand Bazaar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey

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Fatih is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Fatih Turkey

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Hagia Irene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Emirgan Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Yıldız Palace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Yıldız Palace Istanbul, Turkey

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Suleymaniye Mosque is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Suleymaniye Mosque United Kingdom

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Maiden's Tower is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Maiden's Tower Bosphorus

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Şehzade Mosque is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Ortaköy Mosque is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Nişantaşı is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Nişantaşı Istanbul, Turkey

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Eyüp Sultan Mosque is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosq... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Mihrimah Mosque is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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TurkuaZoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
TurkuaZoo Bayrampaşa

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Yıldız Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Istanbul Modern Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul Modern Art Museum Istanbul, Turkey

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Yoros Castle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Rüstem Pasha Mosque is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Miniatürk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Miniatürk Turkey

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Yavuz Selim Mosque is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Silahtarağa Power Station is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Laleli Mosque is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Church of the Holy Apostles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Chora Church is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Chora Church Turkey

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Bosphorus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Fatih Mosque, Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Nuruosmaniye Mosque is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

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Arap Mosque is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul