If you have the time, these additional Istanbul sights
are well worth visiting.
Itineraries for suggested daily
sightseeing programs, including Istanbul
in One Day and Weekend
in Istanbul, and my walking
Beautiful 6th-century floor mosaics from
the Palace Aula section of the Byzantine Great Palace, now in a nice small museum
behind the Blue Mosque. More...
Byzantine Emperor Justinian built the
6th-century Church of Saints
Sergius and Bacchus before his great Hagia
Sophia, and some see a resemblance.
The Archeology Museum is
filled with Turkey's best Greek and Roman marble
statuary. The Museum of the Ancient
Near East has parts of the Gates
of Babylon. The Tiled Kiosk (Çinili
Kösk) dates from the reign
of Mehmet the Conqueror (1450s). More...
of the Holy Savior in Chora has
best 12th-century Byzantine mosaics.
(Closed Wednesday.) It's only a
few minutes' walk from the beautiful,
Sultan Mosque. More... Combine
them with a visit to...
The great 4th-century city
walls built by Emperor Theodosius
are still standing, and still impressive.
See them from the Tekfur Saray,
the shell of a Byzantine emperor's
palace. And also...
Cruise from Eminönü up
Horn to the imperial mosque of Eyüp,
where the Ottoman padişah (sultan)
was girded with the Sword
the equivalent of coronation. Above
it, on a hilltop enjoying a panoramic
view of the Golden
Horn and Istanbul,
is the Pierre
Loti Café, favored
by French author
Pierre Loti. More...
Mevlevi (whirling) dervishes perform
their mesmerizing, mystical sema whirling
worship service every week in Istanbul,
but you must plan ahead if you want
to witness it. More...
You soak in the steam, you have a massage, you allow a professional to scrub you (where did all that, uh, stuff come from?!), you're swathed in Turkish towels, you rest and relax, sipping some Turkish coffee or tea...and then you're ready to take on the world! More...
Since 2000, Istanbul has seen the establishment of numerous world-class art museums which are well worth visiting if you like modern art and have the time. More...
the road to Rome, this is
now the main thoroughfare through
historic Old Istanbul (Sultanahmet).
the mammoth Grand
narrow untouristy Uzunçarşı
Tahtakale to the Golden
Horn and Egyptian
(Spice) Bazaar. More...
Take a 20-minute intecontinental
ferry cruise and explore the historic
mosques, lively markets and moderately-priced,
unusual restaurants on the untouristy
Asian shore of
the Bosphorus. More...
Istanbul is not known for its beaches, but
if you want to
get away to the seaside for some sun
and fun, here are the options. More...
Get out of the city and see more of
Turkey, by boat, car, bus, or air. Here are day-trips and overnight excursions you can do using Istanbul as your base.