Istanbul
Istanbul
Highly recommended

Istanbul

The Essential
Highly recommended
Byzantium to the Greeks, Constantinople to the Romans, and Istanbul to the Ottomans, this city has retained numerous treasures from the twenty-six centuries of its history. This global city links Europe with Asia, a role that is played out around the Bosphorus, a stretch of water linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. The European side is studded with minarets, cupolas and palaces, while its Asian counterpart revels in elegant princely residences. Istanbul offers visitors an entrancing mix of atmospheres, ranging from fish markets and trendy bistros to centres of modern art and old mosques, and the Grand Bazaar to luxury international boutiques.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Istanbul
Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
The harem with its eunuchs was a place
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Aya Sofya Basilica Aya Sofya Basilica
Aya Sofya Basilica
The symbol of Byzantine glory at its
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Church of St Saviour-in-Chora Church of St Saviour-in-Chora
Church of St Saviour-in-Chora
Chora means "outside the walls", and
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Suleyman's Mosque Suleyman's Mosque
Suleyman's Mosque
The construction of this mosque was
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Blue Mosque Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
This jewel of the 17C has retained its
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Museum of Antiquities, Istanbul Museum of Antiquities, Istanbul
Museum of Antiquities, Istanbul
One of the richest collections of
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