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Best things to do in Sirkeci

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“One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture and famous for its blue Iznik tiles and six minarets.”
123 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days. Like most sites in İstanbul, the cistern has an unusual history. It was originally known as the Basilica Cistern because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica, one of the great squares on the first hill. Designed to service the Great Palace and surrounding buildings, it was able to store up to 80,000 cu metres of water delivered via 20km of aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea, but was closed when the Byzantine emperors relocated from the Great Palace. Forgotten by the city authorities some time before the Conquest, it wasn't rediscovered until 1545, when scholar Petrus Gyllius was researching Byzantine antiquities in the city and was told by local residents that they were able to obtain water by lowering buckets into a dark space below their basement floors. Some were even catching fish this way. Intrigued, Gyllius explored the neighbourhood and finally accessed the cistern through one of the basements. Even after his discovery, the Ottomans (who referred to the cistern as Yerebatan Saray) didn't treat the so-called Underground Palace with the respect it deserved – it became a dumping ground for all sorts of junk, as well as corpses. The cistern was cleaned and renovated in 1985 by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality and opened to the public in 1987. It's now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Walking along its raised wooden platforms, you'll feel water dripping from the vaulted ceiling and see schools of ghostly carp patrolling the water – it certainly has bucketloads of atmosphere.”
89 locals recommend
“Blue Mosque and Haghia Sofia, Yerebatan sarnıcı and Mısır Kapalı çarşı are located here”
57 locals recommend
“Historical peninsula is a must see in Istanbul. Discover all kinds of cultural and historical landmarks. Enjoy the perfect mix of Christian and Muslim culture centers.”
24 locals recommend
“The ancient Hippodrome was begun by Septimius Severus in AD 203 and completed by Constantine the Great in AD 330. This was the center of Byzantine public life and the scene of splendid games and chariot races but also factional conflicts. Today, there isn't much of the Hippodrome left to see, except for a small section of the gallery walls on the southern side, but the At Meydani (park), which now stands on the site is home to a variety of monuments. On the northwest side is a fountain, presented to the Ottoman sultan by the German Emperor William II in 1898. Then, heading southwest are three ancient monuments: a 20-meter high Egyptian obelisk (from Heliopolis); the Serpent Column brought here from Delphi by Constantine; and a stone obelisk that originally was clad in gold-covered bronze plating until they were stolen by the soldiers of the 4th Crusade in 1204.”
23 locals recommend
“Firstly you can buy istanbulcard. this card passed all veichl and use together. this card 6 Turkish Lira and 1 person veichle fee 3 turkish lira. Get in the bus or tram and you should go this square. you can used credit card for museum card. And blue mosque, haghia Sophia , basilica sistern and other places.”
15 locals recommend
Boarding House
“It is a former Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople, converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. It is built in the 6th century by Justinian I.”
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Travel Agency
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1 local recommends
Middle Eastern Restaurant
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“The Hippodrome was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.”
12 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is the first Turkish museum in the Fatih district of Istanbul, covering the Turkish and Islamic art collections collectively.”
10 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Ayasofya mosque is the most poülar histarical en religious place for Christians and Müslims. You have to see.”
4 locals recommend