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Istanbul 5

Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | In Istanbul, we'll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and munch our way through the famously fragrant Spice Market. We'll follow the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, and wander among the treasures of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace. To escape the city bustle, we'll cruise the churning waters of the Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional Turkish bath.

© 2008 Rick Steves' Europe

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I've been to almost 50 cities in 20 different countries. I got to say Istanbul has been the best visit ever.

Author — Danial Abdat


Wow, so that's why turquoise is called turquoise. All makes sense now.

Author — FrenZie


Trust me on this one: Istanbul is one of the best cities in the world to visit.

Author — AcademicAlgeria


This is where I want to go after COVID. 🙏🏽

Author — Flow Tee


When you was explaning İstanbul, you never mention about FSM.İt is strange!

Author — muhammet selvi


I want to visit Turkey next year. What a beautiful country, rich in history. - Love from Los Angeles! :)

Author — Judester


Istanbul, I am coming next month, to taste, to see, to walk and feel the beautiful atmosphere. Many hello to our Turkish neighbors.

Author — greek spirit


i was born and raised in istanbul. my family has been living in this city for centuries. i sometimes forget how beautiful it is and this is a nice reminder.

Author — calbot


I wish one day I will visit Istanbul insha allh 🇹🇷🕌

Author — Suldan Ahmed


My husband and I travelled Istanbul last June for a week and absolutely loved it to the max! 😊 🕌 🇹🇷

Author — Ruma Rahim


I just got back from a vacation in Istanbul. Beautiful city, amazing sites, lots of fun, very affordable, and friendly and welcoming to Americans. Everyone should visit someday

Author — Dave Mack


I love Istanbul from albania i hope to visit soon 🇦🇱🇽🇰🇹🇷👏👏👏

Author — Ardit Gashi


This marvelous city is proof that Greeks and Turks should cooperate and not fight. Best city in the world!

Author — MrPanos2000


My love Turkey (because of "Sultan Suleiman" tv serial)

Author — Elizabeth Emily


Hello to Istanbul from Moscow !!! .In summer we will arrive to have a rest in a beautiful city on Bosporus.!!!

Author — Stanis Melnik


Turkish person here, thank you for a wonderful account of Istanbul! I miss it so much. And, I loved your choice of background music :)

Author — Sabiha Sungur


"Every guest is a gift from God!" Period.

Author — Vefa ERDEM


We from Pakistan love Turkey. My daughter with her family is in Istanbul today. They are really enjoying there. Soon i I will also visit Turkey.

Author — Ghulam Muhammad


I've been living in this country whole my life (30 years). The music I hear is only in Istanbul documentaries, not in real life ;) How do you find them?

Author — Aysim C.


Love from Bangladesh 🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩 for Turkey, Istanbul

Author — Muhammad Sayed