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Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque (Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Camii)
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Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque is filled with ornate details, from colorful stained glass windows and floral-patterned Iznik tiles to large calligraphy panels. The mosque was commissioned for the husband of the granddaughter of Suleyman the Magnificent, and though it officially is named after her, it’s more commonly known by her husband’s name.Some small-group and private walking tours visit the nearby Sultanahmet neighborhood, and it is easy to combine a visit to Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque with stops at the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace.
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Galatasaray High School (Galatasaray Lisesi)
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Galatasaray served as an imperial palace school until 1830. Its long list of notable alumni include doctors, academics, artists, poets, and soccer players. As a boarding school, the highly selective high school attracts students from all over Turkey. In addition to their classes in French and Turkish, students also learn English and Italian.Walking tours of the Istiklal area often pass by Galatasaray High School. Tours usually also include visits to Galata Mevlevi (Galata Mevlevihanesi), Taksim Square, SALT Galata, and the Istanbul Modern.
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New Mosque (Yeni Cami)
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Commissioned by the mother of Sultan Mehmet III but not completed until after his death, the spectacular New Mosque has 66 exterior domes and semidomes, two minarets, and an ornate courtyard decorated with blue Iznik tiles. Green, white, and blue tiles adorn the interior walls of the mosque’s prayer space.Some small-group and private tours combine a visit to the New Mosque with other Ottoman buildings nearby, including Suleymaniye Mosque, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Eminonu Square, and Dolmabahce Palace.
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Zeyrek Mosque (Zeyrek Camii)
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Tick off the Zeyrek Mosque on a day tour of Istanbul’s UNESCO-listed areas or take your time to sightsee and sip coffee around Zeyrek, soaking up the laidback vibes of the wider neighborhood. Private guides are a great way to get the full scoop on the mosque’s long and often-overlooked history. Many tours combine a visit with a stop at the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s other Byzantine giant.
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Rustem Pasha Mosque (Rüstem Paşa Camii)
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Built in honor of Suleiman the Magnificent’s son-in-law and grand vizier in the 16th century, Rustem Pasha Mosque was constructed above a complex of shops near the Spice Bazaar in the Eminonu quarter. Two staircases lead from the busy street up to the terrace and a colonnaded porch that stands in front of the mosque. Its stunning interior is a marvel of mosaic artistry and a welcome respite from the hectic city outside.Small-group and private tours of Istanbul visit Rustem Pasha Mosque. Tours of the mosque often also include the Spice Bazaar, Eminonu Square, the Bosphorus (sometimes via river cruise), Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, and more.
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Column of Constantine (Çemberlitaş Sütunu)
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Beyazit Mosque (Beyazit Camii)
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Beyazit Mosque was built over the ruins of the Forum of Theodosius and incorporated some of the stones from the forum into the mosque construction. It’s located in the Beyazit neighborhood on Istanbul’s historical peninsula, close to the Grand Bazaar. There is a garden behind the mosque.Due to its proximity to Sultanahmet, some small-group and private walking tours visit sites around Beyazit Mosque, including the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.
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Great Palace Mosaic Museum
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A visit to the Great Palace Mosaics Museum makes a popular addition to a tour of the neighboring Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) or nearby Hagia Sophia. Explore with a guide to understand the historical context and learn more about the mosaics, which date back to AD 450–550 and were discovered by a British archaeological team in the 1930s.
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Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi)
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The Orientalist Paintings Collection features works inspired by the 17th to 19th centuries of Ottoman rule. The Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection contains a vast array of 10,000 prehistoric and modern artifacts. In the Kutahya Tiles and Ceramic Collection, admire hundreds of crafts from Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) Kutahya region, and discover 19th- and 20th-century Istanbul in the Photography Collection. There are also rotating modern art exhibitions on the museum’s upper floors.Some private and small-group walking tours of the Beyoglu district visit the Pera Museum. Often tours also visit Istiklal Avenue, the Museum of Innocence (Masumiyet Müzesi), and the Cukurcuma neighborhood.
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Istanbul Archaeological Museums (Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzeleri)
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The museum—whose earliest director was Osman Hamdi Bey, the famous Ottoman artist and archaeologist—divides its collection between the Archaeological Museum in the primary building, the Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art in the Tiled Kiosk. Its pieces span millenia and come from many countries, including Egypt, Syria, and Greece.Small-group and private tours of Istanbul visit the Archaeological Museums as part of full-day or multi-day trips. Tours usually also include stops at the Kariye Museum (Chora Church), the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Topkapi Palace, and other city highlights.
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Top tours in Istanbul

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour
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Duration: 7 hours to 21 hours
Taste of Two Continents: Istanbul Food Tour
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Duration: 6 hours
Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern
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Duration: 8 hours
Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Private Table
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Duration: 3 hours
Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht
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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht
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Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
#1 Rated Istanbul Party Pub Crawl w Party Bus/Sultanahmet&Taksim
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Duration: 7 hours
Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Stopover on the Asian Side - (Morning or Afternoon)
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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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