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Hagia Sophia

Enormous dome and magnificent mosaics highlight this 6th century mosque (now a museum). Hagia Sophia is pronounced HYE-yah soh-FEE-ah.

Topkapi Palace

See the Sultans' treasures including an 86-carat diamond and the eye-catching jeweled dagger. Explore Topkapi's storied harem.

Blue Mosque

Unlike the Hagia Sophia, the 17th-century Blue Mosque remains a functioning house of worship. And, its exterior is visually more striking.

Grand Bazaar

This lengthy, covered marketplace houses thousands of tiny shops selling food, clothing, jewelry, and more. The Grand Bazaar teems with activity.

Dolmabahce Palace

It was the residence of the last Sultans. The Dolmabahce Palace's interior design amazes the eye, as do the furnishings.

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Basilica Cistern Cemberlitas Hamam Turkish bath Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

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