Blue Mosque also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It attracts 5 million tourists every year from different parts of the world. It consists of 260 glasses windows and 20,000 blue-colored tiles. This mosque consists of 6 minarets, 8 small domes, and 1 large dome. Former US president, Barrack Obama visited this place in 2009. There is no entrance fee for Blue Mosque in Turkey.
Hagia Sophia which means holy wisdom is a mosque in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It was built by Justinian Ι as a cathedral in the 6th Century. This fantastic piece of architecture, was then converted into a mosque, museum and then mosque once again. 4 Minarets were added when it was converted into a mosque. It is a great religious site for both Christians and Muslims. Like Blue Mosque, tourists can experience Hagia Sophia without paying any entrance fee.
There are three bridges on the strait of Bosphorus. 15 July Martyrs Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge are the names of those 3 bridges. These bridges connect Asia with Europe. Daily around 180,000 vehicles pass through this bridge. The US golfer, Tiger Woods smashed balls from the Asian end to the European end of this bridge.
With 400 rooms, Topkapi Palace is one of the famous tourist spots in Istanbul. It was built in 1478 on an area of 400,000 square miles in the district of Fatih, Istanbul. 3 million visitors come here every year. Remarkably, it is the oldest surviving building on this whole planet. As a home of the Ottoman Empire, this palace stored many royal treasures. Among those treasures is the world’s fifth-largest diamond that can be seen by tourists during their visit.
Timings of visiting the Palace are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. In order to explore this wonderful palace, one must pay 200 Lira as an entrance fee for all except the Harem section, which requires 100 Lira extra to pay the visit. Children, who are under 8 years old can visit for free. You can save 15 Lira if you buy the combined ticket to the Topkapi Palace or save a lot more if you choose to buy Museum Pass Istanbul which cost 360 Lira and is valid in the majority of museums in Istanbul for 5 days.
Galata Tower is located in the Galata district in Istanbul. It was built in the year 1348 as a lighthouse and was known by another name “Christea Turris”. This name was later changed to Galata Tower after Ottoman Empire came to power. An amazing feature of this tower is the 12 feet thickness of its wall. This tower is great for a 360° view of Istanbul city. The entrance ticket is around 100 Turkish Lira and it opens from 8:30 AM till 12:00 AM.
This royal palace is no ordinary palace; it is the largest palace in Turkey. It is situated in the Besiktas district of Istanbul. It consists of 285 bedrooms, 44 halls, 68 bathrooms, and 6 Turkish baths. Queen Victoria gifted the chandelier made up of crystals as a gift. It contains 750 bulbs, weighs around 4.5 tons, and is the largest chandelier in the world. Sultans of the Ottoman Empire shifted here from Topkapi Palace after its completion in the 19th Century.
The entrance fee for the main part is 120 Turkish Lira but for the tour of the private area, you have to pay 90 Turkish Lira extra. But one can buy the combined ticket for 150 Lira for a complete experience. It is closed for visitors on Monday but opened for the rest of the week. The time for visiting the palace is 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. 90 million people visit this mall every year and daily this bazaar sees around 300,000 potential customers. It is located in the Fatih district 10 minutes walk from Blue Mosque and 20 minutes walk from Hagia Sophia.
Spice Bazaar is located within walking distance of 5 minutes from Grand Bazaar. Another name for this bazaar is Egyptian Bazaar. It consists of 85 markets that offer a variety of spices and also dried fruits, jewelry, and Turkish delight. No entrance free is required for Grand and Spice Bazaar tour.
It is one of the oldest surviving cisterns around the world. Basilica Cistern was built for the purpose of water storage for the city and had the capacity of 80000 cubic meters of water. The entrance fee to see this wonder is 30 Turkish Lira and for children under 7, it’s free.