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History Museum
“The Hagia Sophia, a historical architectural wonders is a must see when visiting Istanbul. It’s an amazing feeling to stand under the gigantic dome, look at the ceiling and realize that you standing in a building with hundreds and hundreds of years of history. ”
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History Museum
“First built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century, this glorious palace beside the Bosphorus was where the sultans of the Ottoman Empire ruled over their dominions up until the 19th century. The vast complex is a dazzling display of Islamic art, with opulent courtyards lined with intricate hand-painted tile-work, linking a warren of sumptuously decorated rooms, all bounded by battlemented walls and towers. Of the many highlights here, the most popular are the Harem (where the sultan's many concubines and children would spend their days); the Second Court, where you can walk through the vast Palace Kitchens and stand in awe at the dazzling interior of the Imperial Council Chamber; and the Third Court, which contained the sultan's private rooms.”
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Museum
“Modern Art Museum of Istanbul.Check their calendar and must visit for good arts”
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Historic Site
“This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days. Like most sites in İstanbul, the cistern has an unusual history. It was originally known as the Basilica Cistern because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica, one of the great squares on the first hill. Designed to service the Great Palace and surrounding buildings, it was able to store up to 80,000 cu metres of water delivered via 20km of aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea, but was closed when the Byzantine emperors relocated from the Great Palace. Forgotten by the city authorities some time before the Conquest, it wasn't rediscovered until 1545, when scholar Petrus Gyllius was researching Byzantine antiquities in the city and was told by local residents that they were able to obtain water by lowering buckets into a dark space below their basement floors. Some were even catching fish this way. Intrigued, Gyllius explored the neighbourhood and finally accessed the cistern through one of the basements. Even after his discovery, the Ottomans (who referred to the cistern as Yerebatan Saray) didn't treat the so-called Underground Palace with the respect it deserved – it became a dumping ground for all sorts of junk, as well as corpses. The cistern was cleaned and renovated in 1985 by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality and opened to the public in 1987. It's now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Walking along its raised wooden platforms, you'll feel water dripping from the vaulted ceiling and see schools of ghostly carp patrolling the water – it certainly has bucketloads of atmosphere.”
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Art Museum
“Established in 2005, the Pera Museum takes its name from the original name for the Beyoğlu district and is housed in a handsome 19th century building. Known for its diverse and well-curated temporary exhibitions by artists from all over the world, the Pera Museum is also home to a permanent collection of Orientalist paintings, Anatolian weights and measures, and Kütahya tiles and ceramics on display. Pera Museum's in-house cinema screens a variety of independent features and shorts throughout the year.”
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Art Gallery
“This is a former Ottoman Bank now converted to SALT Galata which is one of my favorite cultural institutions in Istanbul that puts on a variety of talks, screenings and workshops, all of which are free. ”
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Museum
“Inside the museum are objects which evoke stories and memories of the Istanbul of the 1970s. Some objects, such as Füsun’s dress or driver’s license or the view from her room, are taken directly from the novel. Objects are displayed in cases corresponding to chapters in the novel. On the ground floor of the museum is a large spiral, representing the Aristotelian conception of time as the line which links the series of unbreakable, atomic moments of the “present,”—the concept from which objects of the museum link the moments of the novel to the characters living out its arc.”
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Museum
“This church built in the 6th century, houses some of the worlds best kept mosaics and frescos. The section with the frescos is under restoration, but the rest is still totally worth a visit. ”
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History Museum
“Just a hop, skip, and jump away from Topkapi Palace, this important museum complex brings together a staggering array of artifacts from Turkey and throughout the Middle East, which sweeps through the vast breadth of history of this region. There are three separate sections in the complex, each of which are worthy of a visit: the Museum of the Ancient Orient; the main Archaeology Museum; and the Tiled Pavilion of Mehmet the Conqueror, which holds a staggering collection of ceramic art. As well as all the wonderful artifacts on display, don't miss the interesting Istanbul Through the Ages exhibit room in the main Archaeology Museum.”
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History Museum
“Historical place near some other places like blue mosc etc. If you like we can arrange for you trips for your family or group - Accommodation - All Transfer - Guide/ Museumtickets ie.: 3 nights 199,-€”
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Museum
“Miniatürk or Turkey Miniature Park, which exhibited models of various buildings in Turkey 60,000 metrekareyl established the largest area in the world is a miniature park. ”
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Military Base
“Harbiye Military Museum was built as a Military Academy in 1841. Most days “Mehter (janissary band of musicians) concerts” are conducted on the grounds of this stunning building. It served as a military academy until 1936 and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Republic of Turkey also studied in this school from 1899 to 1905. In the museum, there is a special section allocated to Atatürk that should definitely be seen. Also, there are illustrations of significant military events such as “The Conquest of Constantinople” and “The War of Independence”. ”
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History Museum
“Aside from designated cultural centers, this is one of the only places in Istanbul to watch the dervishes. On the first floor of the lodge is a semahane, which features gilded woodwork and a painted ceiling. The Galata Mevlevi House Museum museum is open every day except Tuesday from 9:30am–5pm, and entry is 10TL. The sema dances are held every Sunday at 5pm during summer months, and every other week during winter months. Tickets for the ceremony cost 70 TL/person. You can purchase online the Sema Ceremony tickets from Biletix.”
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Art Gallery
“Same like Salt Galata. This is on Istiklal Street. Some exhibitions are also take place.”
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Science Museum
“The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is an industrial museum on the shores of the Golden Horn in the Hasköy district of Istanbul.”
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Plaza
“Galatasaray Hamam is one of the famous Turkish baths that has been consistently serving domestic and foreign visitors.”
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