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Istanbul (İstanbul) is the largest city in Turkey, located some 10 km to the south-east from Litros. The capital city Ankara is in 460 km to the south-east. According to the latest census, the population of Istanbul is about 14,804,200 people, making it the largest city in Turkey. Many people visit Istanbul each year to take a look at its famous fortification and palaces.

The closest airport Ataturk (IATA: IST) is about 20 km away.

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1. Rumelihisarı
Rumelihisarı (Rumelian Castle) is a fortress located in Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosporus just north of the Bebek district; giving the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople. The three great towers were named after three of Mehmed II's viziers, Sadrazam Çandarlı Halil Pasha, who built the big tower next to the gate, Zağanos Pasha, who built the south tower, and Sarıca Pas…

2. Dolmabahçe Palace
The Dolmabahçe Palace (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Sarayı) in Istanbul, Turkey, located at the European side of the Bosporus, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1922, apart from a twenty-year interval (1889-1909) in which the Yıldız Palace was used.

3. Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia (Шаблон: IPAc-en; from the Ελληνικά. Ἁγία Σοφία, " Holy Wisdom" Latina. Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Türkçe. Ayasofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 u…

4. Çamlıca Hill
Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Çamlıca Tepesi), aka Big Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi) to differentiate from the nearby Little Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Küçük Çamlıca Tepesi), is a hill in Üsküdar district of Istanbul, Turkey. Situated on the Asian part of the city at 268  m (879& #160; ft) above sea level, Çamlıca Hill has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn.

5. Galata Bridge
The Galata Bridge (in Turkish Galata Köprüsü) is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels.

6. Theodosius Cistern
The Theodosius Cistern (greek: Κινστέρνα Θεοδοσίου, turk: Şerefiye Sarnıcı) is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The modern entrance is in Piyer Loti Caddesi, Fatih.

7. Fatih Mosque (Istanbul)
The Fatih Mosque (Türkçe. Fatih Camii) or Conqueror's Mosque in English) is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey. It was one of the largest examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Istanbul and represented an important stage in the development of classic Turkish architecture.

8. İstiklal Avenue
İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi, French: Grande Rue de Péra, English: Independence Avenue) is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoğlu (Pera) district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, 1. 4 kilometers long, which houses boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, h…

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Rumelihisarı

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Dolmabahçe Palace

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Hagia Sophia

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Çamlıca Hill

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Galata Bridge

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Theodosius Cistern

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Fatih Mosque (Istanbul)

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İstiklal Avenue

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Beşiktaş Sahili

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Marmara İlahiyat Camii

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Süleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque (Türkçe. Süleymaniye Camii) is an Ottoman imp

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Miniatürk

Miniatürk is a miniature park in Istanbul, Turkey. It was opened May

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Panorama 1453 History Museum

The Panorama 1453 Historical Museum is a historical museum in Istanbul

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Beylerbeyi Palace

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