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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
Istanbul, Turkey

2
38 4
Topkapı Palace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

3
31 3
Sultan Ahmed Mosque is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

4
29 3
Dolmabahçe Palace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

5
25 3
Rumelihisarı is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Rumelihisarı Istanbul, Turkey

6
27 4
Walls of Constantinople is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Walls of Constantinople Istanbul, Turkey

7
27 4
Beylerbeyi Palace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

8
21 3
Basilica Cistern is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

9
21 3
Golden Horn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Golden Horn Turkey

10
23 4
Galata Tower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Galata Tower

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20 3
Grand Bazaar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey

12
21 5
Little Hagia Sophia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

13
19 4
Valens Aqueduct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Valens Aqueduct Turkey

14
19 4
Fatih is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Fatih Turkey

15
20 5
Istanbul Archaeology Museums is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

16
18 4
Maiden's Tower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Maiden's Tower Bosphorus

17
19 5
Hagia Irene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Hagia Irene

18
16 3
Suleymaniye Mosque is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
United Kingdom

19
17 4
Emirgan Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Emirgan Park

20
17 4
Yıldız Palace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Yıldız Palace Istanbul, Turkey

21
14 3
Galata Bridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Galata Bridge

22
15 4
Şehzade Mosque is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Şehzade Mosque

23
15 4
Ortaköy Mosque is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

24
11 2
Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosq... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque

25
14 5
Nişantaşı is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Nişantaşı Istanbul, Turkey

26
14 5
Mihrimah Mosque is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

27
11 3
Istanbul Modern Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

28
14 6
Eyüp Sultan Mosque is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

29
11 4
Yıldız Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Yıldız Park

30
11 4
Yavuz Selim Mosque is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Yavuz Selim Mosque Turkey

31
13 7
TurkuaZoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
TurkuaZoo Bayrampaşa

32
9 4
Yoros Castle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

33
10 5
Laleli Mosque is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

34
10 5
Fatih Mosque, Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Fatih Mosque, Istanbul

35
9 5
Miniatürk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Miniatürk Turkey

36
8 4
Chora Church is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Chora Church Turkey

37
7 3
Silahtarağa Power Station is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Silahtarağa Power Station Turkey

38
7 3
Nuruosmaniye Mosque is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul

39
6 2
Bosphorus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Uğur ılgar added Bosphorus Cruise

40
8 5
Rüstem Pasha Mosque is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Rüstem Pasha Mosque

41
7 4
Church of the Holy Apostles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Church of the Holy Apostles Turkey

42
4 6
Arap Mosque is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Arap Mosque