Side Visits around Istanbul

In SWAN 2018, we also offer for free access at must visit place at Istanbul. With our free complimentary, you will be able to visit the historical and cultural treasures of İstanbul, the capital city of three empires, whose history dates back over more than 9 thousand years, free of charge and without having to queue.

1. Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia  was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and is now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey.

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2.Topkapi Palace Museum
The Topkapı Palace or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.

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3.Hagia Irene
Hagia Irene or Hagia Eirene sometimes known also as Saint Irene, is a Greek Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the few churches in Istanbul that has not been converted into a mosque. The Hagia Irene today operates as a museum and concert hall.

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4.Istanbul Archeological museum
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums is a group of three archeological museums located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey, near Gülhane Park and Topkapı Palace. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums :  Archaeological Museum (in the main building), Museum of the Ancient Orient and Museum of Islamic Art . It houses over one million objects that represent almost all of the eras and civilizations in world history.

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5.Great Palace Mosaic Museum
The Great Palace Mosaic Museum  is located close to Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, Turkey, at Arasta Bazaar. The museum houses mosaics from the Byzantine period, unearthed at the site of the Great Palace of Constantinople.

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6.Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum  is a museum located in Sultanahmet Square in Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey. Constructed in 1524, the building was formerly the palace of Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha. The collection includes notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups. These displays recreate rooms or dwellings from different time periods and regions.

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7.Museum of History of Science and Technology in Islam
Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam is located in the former Imperial Stables Building in Gülhane Park. The museum was opened on 25 May 2008 and displays replicas of 9th and 16th century scientific instruments of  Muslim scholars.

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8.Chora Museum
The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of İstanbul.

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9.Galata Mevlevi House Museum
The Galata Mevlevi Lodge (or Galata Mevlevihanesi) was built in 1491 and was the first Mawlawihouse in Istanbul. It ceased to function as lodge in 1925 and opened as a museum in 1975.

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10.Yildiz Palace Museum
Yıldız Palace is a vast complex of former imperial Ottoman pavilions and villas in Istanbul, Turkey, built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was used as a residence by the Sultan and his court in the late 19th century.

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11.Rumeli Hisari Museum
Rumeli Castle (Rumeli Hisarı) is an Ottoman fortress dating to 1452, which is currently an open-airmuseum on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait.

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12.Fethiye Museum
Fethiye Museum is originally built as a Greek Ortodox Church called the church of Virgin Pammakristos. The church later was converted into a mosque following the Ottoman arrival in Constantinople.

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13.Grand Baazar
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world’s most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors.

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14.Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Blue Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque’s lush red carpet after the call to prayer.

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