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Top 4 Sites to Visit in Istanbul
Istanbul is a charming city to plan your holidays with your family, kids or soul mate. The
intriguing city is home to some of the most prominent historical and cultural landmarks in the
world. No matter whether you are fond of the rich past, magnificent arts or spectacular culture,
following are the sites that you should be visiting:
Basilica Cistern
If you are booking Istanbul flights to enjoy a romantic holiday, the Basilica Cistern is one
attraction that must be there in your priority list. It is one of the most romantic sites in the city. It
was constructed in 6th century to brought drinking water from Thrace to the city. The water was
kept and forgotten for years. Now the water has been fitted with lights and music and the music
echoes while water dripping down creating a breathtaking scene. In Turkish, Basilica Cistern is
known as YerebatanSarayi which literally means sunken palace.
Topkapi Palace
The palace is a must visit site in Istanbul. It was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans
from 1465 to 1856. The palace complex is home to several small buildings that serve as
museums, galleries and mosques. During its peak time, the palace was inhabited by more than
4000 people. Today, tourists from around the world are booking flights to Istanbul especially to
spend some time at the palace and feel the freshness of lush courtyards. Some of its major
highlights are the Treasury, the Harem and the rooms surrounding İftariye Baldachin.
Blue Mosque
Experience the sacred sanctity is Turkey at Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Officially, the mosque is
known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the most discerning aspect of its architecture is its six
minarets that are visible from far away. Most of the mosques have two or four minarets. Western
entrance is known for its spectacular beauty however, non-worshippers who are booking
Istanbul flights just to have a look at the magnificent structure need to use the north entrance.
As you step into the mosque, you would come across 20,000 blue tiles that have given the name
to the mosque.
Chora Church
If you want to spend some time amidst Byzantine splendor while holidaying in Istanbul, visiting
Chora Church is a must. The church is also known as KariyeMüzesi. According to experts, the
church has world’s best preserved collections of frescos and mosaics of Byzantine times. While
walking around the museum, you would come across over 50 mosaic panels and the oldest one
was created in 1310. The central room features three main mosaic panels known as Christ to the
left of the apse, the Dormition of the Virgin and the Virgin and Child to the right of the apse.


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