1 Aya Sofya
The monumental Church of the Divine Wisdom is the ultimate expression of Byzantine architecture.
2 Topkapı Palace
Contemplate the majesty of the Ottoman sultanate in the fine buildings, gilded pavilions and immaculate gardens of this beautiful palace complex.
3 Kariye Museum
Mosaics and frescoes portraying the life of Christ are among İstanbul’s most evocative Byzantine treasures.
4 Galata Bridge
Spanning the bustling waters of the Golden Horn, this landmark bridge, packed with simple fish restaurants and bars, is wonderful at sunset.
5 İstiklal Caddesi
Lined with attractive nineteenth-century apartments, this lively street is the spine of the pulsating entertainment quarter of Beyoğlu.
6 İstanbul Modern
This bold contemporary art gallery enjoys stunning views over the Bosphorus from a converted warehouse.
7 Cruise the Bosphorus
Float past sumptuous villas, imposing fortresses, timeworn villages and two intercontinental bridges.
8 Princes’ Islands
One of the world’s cheapest cruises takes you from the city’s heaving streets to these tranquil, historic islands, in the sparkling Sea of Marmara.