Let’s start with the top 15.

  1. Hagia Sophia Mosque (Ayasofya Camii): Originally built as a cathedral in the 6th century, Hagia Sophia has served as both a church and a mosque, reflecting the city’s rich history. Its impressive dome and stunning mosaics make it a must-see.
  2. Topkapi Palace Museum (Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi): Once the residence of Ottoman sultans, this palace is now a museum showcasing imperial collections, including the Prophet Muhammad’s cloak and sword.
  3. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque): Known for its blue tiles surrounding its interior walls, the Blue Mosque is an active place of worship and a prime example of Ottoman architecture.
  4. Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı): One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar offers a unique shopping experience with its labyrinthine alleys lined with shops selling a variety of goods.
  5. Dolmabahçe Palace: This 19th-century palace blends traditional Ottoman architecture with European styles and is known for its luxurious design, including a massive crystal chandelier in the main hall.
  6. Bosphorus Strait (İstanbul Boğazı): A cruise on the Bosphorus offers breathtaking views of Istanbul, bridging Asia and Europe. It’s a unique chance to see the city from a different perspective.
  7. Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi): Offering panoramic views of Istanbul, Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul and a significant landmark.
  8. Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı): An underground marvel, this ancient cistern features hundreds of columns and has a mysterious and magical atmosphere.
  9. Süleymaniye Mosque: Built by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan, it’s known for its magnificent architecture and is one of the largest mosques in the city.
  10. Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı): A sensory delight, the Spice Bazaar is filled with the aromas of various spices, herbs, and sweets, and is a vibrant part of Istanbul’s culinary culture.
  11. Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Camii): Situated by the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, this mosque stands out for its Neo-Baroque style and offers a beautiful view against the backdrop of the Bosphorus Bridge.
  12. Istiklal Street (İstiklal Caddesi): This bustling pedestrian street is filled with shops, cafes, and historic sites and is a lively part of modern Istanbul.
  13. Taksim Square: A major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul.
  14. Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi): Located on a small islet at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus, it has a romantic ambiance and offers panoramic views of the city.
  15. Rahmi M. Koç Museum: This museum is dedicated to the history of transport, industry, and communications, showcasing an extensive collection that includes classic cars, trains, and submarines.

and now the extended list top 100.

  1. Hagia Sophia Mosque
  2. Topkapi Palace Museum
  3. Basilica Cistern
  4. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  5. Sultanahmet Square
  6. Dolmabahçe Palace
  7. Galata Tower
  8. Bosphorus Strait
  9. Maiden’s Tower
  10. Grand Bazaar
  11. Spice Bazaar
  12. Taksim Square
  13. Istiklal Street
  14. Aya Irini Museum (Hagia Irene)
  15. Rahmi M. Koç Museum
  16. Süleymaniye Mosque
  17. Gülhane Park
  18. Ortaköy Mosque
  19. Yıldız Palace
  20. Fatih Mosque
  21. New Mosque
  22. Ahrida Synagogue
  23. Eyüp Sultan Mosque
  24. Pierre Loti Hill
  25. Miniatürk
  26. Istanbul Toy Museum
  27. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
  28. Pera Museum
  29. Sakıp Sabancı Museum
  30. Emirgan Park
  31. Atatürk Arboretum
  32. Belgrade Forest
  33. Maçka Democracy Park
  34. Polonezköy Nature Park
  35. Fenerbahçe Park
  36. Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden
  37. Nişantaşı district
  38. Bebek neighborhood
  39. Balat, Fener, and Ayvansaray districts
  40. Rumeli Fortress
  41. Beylerbeyi Palace
  42. Garipçe village
  43. Çamlıca Hill
  44. Anadolu Kavağı and Yoros Castle
  45. Mihrabat Grove
  46. Büyükada and the Princes’ Islands Museum
  47. Heybeliada
  48. Kınalıada
  49. Burgazada
  50. Göksu Stream and Küçüksu Pavilion
  51. Adile Sultan Palace
  52. Caddebostan Beach
  53. Moda Beach and Moda Seaside Library
  54. Kadıköy Bull Statue
  55. Bağdat Avenue
  56. Kanlıca neighborhood
  57. Kuzguncuk district
  58. Gözdağı Grove
  59. Çubuklu Grove and Hidiv Pavilion
  60. Otağtepe Park
  61. Haydarpaşa Train Station
  62. Çinili Mosque
  63. Çemberlitaş Bath
  64. Cağaloğlu Bath
  65. Kılıç Ali Paşa Bath
  66. Yedikule Dungeons
  67. Panorama 1453 History Museum
  68. Anadolu Fortress
  69. Historic Çınaraltı Tea Garden
  70. Naval Museum
  71. Museum of Innocence
  72. Florya Atatürk Marine Mansion
  73. Çamlıca Tower
  74. Ağva
  75. Şile
  76. Dragos Hill
  77. Selimiye Barracks
  78. Göztepe 60th Year Park
  79. VIALAND Theme Park
  80. Tekfur Palace Museum (Palace of the Porphyrogenitus)
  81. Sadberk Hanım Museum
  82. Çiçek Passage
  83. Terkos Passage
  84. Fethi Paşa Grove
  85. Little Hagia Sophia
  86. Karaköy district
  87. Bosphorus cruise from Eminönü to Rumeli Kavağı
  88. Golden Horn ferry ride from Üsküdar
  89. Şerefiye Cistern
  90. Kilyos Beach
  91. Yoros Hill
  92. Nakkaştepe Public Park
  93. Ömerli Dam and its surroundings
  94. Elmasburnu Nature Park and Beach
  95. Terkos and Durusu Lake
  96. Demirciköy, Uzunya, and Dalia
  97. Molla Fenari İsa Mosque
  98. Hasanpaşa Gasworks and Gasworks Museum

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