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Top Things to do in Istanbul

December 01, 2014

Istanbul at a Glance

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and constitutes the country's backbone and economy. The city is home to Turkey's ancient history as well as the country's cultural center. Istanbul has a population of about 14 million people most of whom live in the Asian continent. The city forms the largest urban town in Europe as well as the largest city in the Middle East.

Istanbul also the sixth largest city in the world. The city was established in 660 BC and has risen to be one of the most influential cities in the world.

Some of the best things to do in Istanbul include;

1. Visit the Blue Mosque
Visiting this mosque is absolutely free and is also known as Sultan Ahmed mosque. The mosque was constructed by Sultan Ahmed in the early 1600s. This mosque is a masterpiece and has been the sight of Istanbul for a very long period of time.

The most outstanding feature about the mosque is the beautifully crafted dome and semi domes that give the mosque a great view. Though entry to the mosque is free, visitors are advised to check the prayer schedules as the mosque remains closed during prayers. Being a religious place, visitors are asked to dress decently and women should cover their heads.

2. Istanbul Archeological Museum
This is a massive and fascinating museum that holds the history and culture of Istanbul city. The museum is also home to more throne million artifacts and antiquity. The museum was opened to the public in 1891 and receives millions of visitors annually.
One of the most famous sites in this museum is the sarcophagus of Alexander the great and the sarcophagus of the crying women. Admission to the museum costs around 8 dollars.

3. Grand Bazaar
This is another great free attraction and is located about a mile away from Sultan Ahmet. Grand Bazaar is among the biggest and oldest open air markets in the world. It has thousands of shops with vendors that sell all sorts of items. There are also numerous cafes and mosques in this great market place.

4. Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
This is a private museum that collects special art work of contemporary significant from around Istanbul. Though it is a modern museum, it has some fine ancient artifacts that attract very many visitors.

However, most of the collections date back from 1960s to date. The museum is opened from 10 am to 6 pm daily on weekdays with extended hours on Thursday. The museum remains closed on Monday and the fee of entry is about 9 dollars

5. Galata Tower
The Galata Tower is a major landmark in Istanbul and it offers a very fine view of Istanbul from the Beyoglu side. Visitors here are treated to a rare treat of the city scape from a central point of view.
The tower is believed to have been constructed during the 6th century though most of the present beauty can be credited to the major renovations of 1960.
These great sites are open on most part of the day.
Visitors are advised to have Turkish visas in order to have full access of the tourist attractions.

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