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The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul 

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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
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Topkapı Palace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Dolmabahçe Palace... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
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Galata Tower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Galata Tower
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Rumelihisarı is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Rumelihisarı Istanbul, Turkey
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Basilica Cistern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Grand Bazaar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey
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Beylerbeyi Palace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Maiden's Tower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Maiden's Tower Bosphorus
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Walls of Constantinople ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Walls of Constantinople Istanbul, Turkey
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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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Istanbul Archaeology Mus... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Ortaköy Mosque is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
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Emirgan Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Emirgan Park
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Valens Aqueduct is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Valens Aqueduct Turkey
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Suleymaniye Mosque is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
United Kingdom
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Yıldız Palace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Yıldız Palace Istanbul, Turkey
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Little Hagia Sophia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
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Hagia Irene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Hagia Irene
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Nişantaşı is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Nişantaşı Istanbul, Turkey
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Bosphorus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Uğur ılgar added Bosphorus Cruise
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Galata Bridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Galata Bridge
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Yıldız Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Yıldız Park
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Fatih is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Istanbul
Fatih Turkey