3. Historical Landmarks and Architecture
The Blue Mosque is one of the world’s most famous religious mosques. It features six minarets that point dramatically to the sky and over 20,000 intricately detailed blue Iznik tiles inside. Hagia Sophia and the nearby Suleymaniye Mosque are also must-see religious landmarks. See Topkapi Palace, the ancient royal home of the city’s sultans for over 3 centuries. It dates back to the 4th century and has detailed stone courtyards, lush gardens and a maze of harem rooms which were once occupied by the sultan’s wives. Don’t miss the underground cisterns of the Sunken Palace also known as Yerebatan Sarayi. It’s an impressive underground cavern with over 360 illuminated marble columns.