Hagia Sophia - Arguably Istanbul’s most important monument, Hagia Sophia represents the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Meaning ‘Holy Wisdom’, the domed monument has served as a cathedral, a mosque and currently, a museum. If there’s one place you have to visit, it would be this.
Topkapi Palace - Once the living quarters to generations of Ottoman sultans, Topkapi Palace was overrun with meticulously manicured gardens and courtyards and regal Turkish baths. The palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and draws curious, trigger-happy tourists, all hankering after for winning photograph.
Blue Mosque - Located in Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s most revered sites. Consisting of five primary domes, six minarets, and eight smaller domes, this super-structure still functions as a mosque today, despite the heavy flow of tourists to the popular attraction.
Grand Bazaar - Built in the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar is the world’s oldest and most expansive covered market. Spanning an area of 54.653 square metres, it shields a labyrinth of connected lanes and houses thousands of shops that hawk everything from textiles to pottery, spices, jewellery and handicraft.
Suleymaniye Mosque - Lovingly referred to as ‘the Magnificent’, this grandiose mosque is the second largest in the city, and certainly the most ornate and opulent in design and structure. Built between 1550 and 1557, Suleymaniye Mosque was the fourth imperial mosque to be erected in Istanbul. The facade features four iconic minarets, while the interior is dominated by a large concave space created by a majestic dome.