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Istanbul

Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country`s cultural and business centre.

Things to do in Istanbul depends on your vacation time in Istanbul. Places to see in Istanbul offers a list of major sights in Istanbul.

The absolutely must see places would be Topkapi Museum, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. They are very close to each other, 5 minutes walking distance apart in Sultanahmet area. Once you have visited major sights in the Old Town and Beyoglu area and have taken a boat along the Bosphorus, there are still many other things to do.

Istanbul Archeological Museum is possibly the most overlooked museum in Istanbul. There you will find pieces from ancient sites around Turkey including sarcophagus of Alexander. The cafe of this museum is gorgeous as the shades offer great relief from the Istanbul sun and you would be surrounded by ancient Greek and Roman artwork in the beautiful garden. So while strolling down at the exit of Topkapi Museum just pass through Haghia Irini (St. Irene) church and walk a minute to reach the museum`s garden. The museum has great ancient pieces brought from around Turkey.

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