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Things to do in Istanbul

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Istanbul is a sprawling city of over eight million people. The historic heart of the city, called Saray Burnu, is located on a small peninsula at the south end of the Bosphorus. The city is split in two by the Bosphorus Straight which separates Europe and Asia. The Sea of Marmara to the south, the Bosphoros to the east, and the Golden Horn to the south surround the peninsula on three sides. Formally known as Constantinople, and capital of the Roman Empire, many sights remain from the Roman and Otterman part of the rich history.

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) is one of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds. It is a superb creation in classic Ottoman style. The mosque has 260 windows illuminating its main chamber and six towering minarets.

Topkapi Palace was the crown jewel of Otterman Empire and one of the largest and oldest palaces in the world. It's exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, make it one place not to miss.

Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. It was converted to a mosque after the Otterman conquest and now is a wonderful museum.

The Grand Bazaar, one of world's largest covered markets with over 4,000 shops on 58 streets, has been in operation since the 14th century.

Specially designed shore excursions for cruise ship passengers while in Istanbul.

More things to do in the Istanbul area.

Take a few days and visit the beautiful Aegean Sea region.