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.

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