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Istanbul - Museums


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Topkapi Palace
Topkapi enjoys the prestige of being the first Ottoman palace ever to be built (1466-1478) and offers the most exciting views of Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was the official and primary resident of Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years. Open daily between 9:30-5:00pm except Tuesdays.
Tel: (212) 512 04 80
http://www.topkapisarayi.gov.tr

Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahçe was constructed between 1843-1856, in neo-baroque style.  Dolmabahce housed the Sultans and their families before the Turkish Republic. It was then home to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk up to his death on the 10th of November, 1938. Open daily between 9:00-4:00pm except Mondays & Thursdays
Tel: (212) 236 90 00
http://www.dolmabahcepalace.com

Ciragan Palace / Kempinsky
Open every day. It's a hotel now (Ciragan Palace Kempinski)
Tel: (212) 326 46 46
http://www.kempinski.com/en/istanbul

Yildiz Palace
Open daily between 8:30-5:00pm except Mondays & Thursdays
Tel: (212) 276 10 22

Istanbul Modern
Istanbul Modern can boast being Turkey's first contemporary art museum (2004) . Istanbul Modern is normally open from 10:00am to 6:00pm, thursdays up until 08:00 pm, and on Mondays it is closed. Access is free from 10:00am to 2:00pm daily, and free for under 12’s and the disabled.
http://www.istanbulmodern.org

Cemberlitas Bath
The Cemberlitas Hammam baths were built by Sinan, the most famous architect of the Ottoman Empire. The Hammam is located near the Grand Bazaar market. It is open every day between 06.00-24.00
Tel: (212) 522 79 74 and 520 18 50
http://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr

Cagaloglu Bath
It is open every day between 08:00-22:00 for men and between 08:00-20:00 for women.
Tel: (212) 522 24 24
http://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr

Galatasaray Bath
Tel: (212) 252 42 420
http://www.galatasarayhamami.com/en/hamam

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi)
Kapalicarsi is the oldest and largest in-door market in the world making it a "must-see" in Istanbul. Open every day except Sundays and National Holidays.
http://www.kapalicarsi.org.tr

Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Çarsisi)
The Egyptian Bazaar is also known as the Spice Market. The Egyptian Bazaar is open daily between 09:00-19.00 except on Sundays and during public or religious holidays.
Tel: (212) 236 90 00
http://www.ibb.gov.tr/sites/ks/en-US/1-Places-To-Go/historical-bazaar/Pages/egyptian-bazaar.aspx

Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque)
Sultanahmet mosque was built during the 17th century and is famous for its impressive blue tile work ornamenting the interior walls. Sultanahmet has six slim minarets unlike other mosques which normally have two or four.

Suleymaniye (the Magnificent)
This extraordinary piece of architecture was built for Sultan Süleyman the Magnificient in the 16th century by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. It consists of the largest mosque in Istanbul and has four minarets.

Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
Ayasofya was built between 532-537 by Justinian I,. It was previously used as a church before being converted into a mosque during the 15th century when minarets were added. You can observe both Christian and Islamic art in this remarkable building. For approximately 1000 years, Ayasofya was the glory of the Byzantine Empire and the largest church ever built.
Open daily between 09:30-16:30 except Mondays.
Tel: (212) 522 17 50

Yerebatan
This Byzantine cistern, built by Justinian I and dating back to the 6th century, is not the oldest Basilica in Istanbul but it is most definitely an outstanding building .Open daily between 09:00-18:30
Tel: (212) 522 12 59
http://www.yerebatan.com

Kariye Museum, Church of St. Saviour in Chora
It comprises an ancient Byzantine church which was converted into a mosque in the 15th century. Byzantine mosaics and frescoes are a must-see Open daily between 09:30-16:30 except Wednesdays.
Tel: (212) 631 92 41
http://www.choramuseum.com

Binbirdirek Cistern (Binbirdirek Sarnici)
It is one of the oldest Byzantine cisterns in Istanbul dating back to the 4th century. Binbirdirek Cistern was built by Philoxenus. Open daily between 09:00-18:30
Tel: (212) 518 10 01
http://www.binbirdirek.com

Miniaturk
Miniaturk is a miniature park housing an array of model buildings and icons from the Anatolian and Ottoman civilizations.. Open daily between 09:00-17:00
Tel: (212) 222 28 82
http://www.miniaturk.com.tr

Anadoluhisari (Anatolian Fortress)
An open-air museum from the 14th century. Anadolu Hisari is Istanbul’s first fortress and was built by the Ottoman Empire prior to their attempt to conquer Istanbul.

Rumelihisari (Rumeli Fortress)
Rumeli Fortress was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to their last attempt to conquer Istanbul The fort is open to the public every day, except on Wednesdays.

Yedikule Hisari (Seven Towers dungeons)
Sultan Fatih Mehmet built this seven-towered fortress to protect the treasury. This open-air museum hosts open air-concerts in its inner courtyard during the summer months.

Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower)
Galata Kulesi pffers an outstanding panoramic view of the old town and was built by the Genoese to help protect the city. It's open from early morning until late at night everyday.

Kiz Kulesi (Leander's Tower - Maiden Tower)
A 12th century stone tower built by Byzantine Emperor Manuel Komnenos. Kiz Kulesi sits on a small islet located at the southern entrance of Bosphorus Strait. It is now open to the public and contains a cafeteria & elegant restaurant

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