Istanbul is one of the few cities that lie in two continents and have several civilizations. That’s why it becomes one of the cities that attract a large number of tourists every year. If you intend to visit such a wonderful city to see the cultural diversity, you will need to organize a definite program to see as much wonderful sites as you can.
Istanbul has a large Islamic heritage from the days of the Ottoman Empire. One of the most attractive Islamic masterpieces is the Topkapi Palace that was the house of the families of the consecutive Sultans and still keeps several items of their belongings. Aya Sofya was a church, then mosque, and becomes a museum and tombs for the Ottoman sultans. The amazing architectural details of the walls and ceiling and the mosaic lurk floor make the place a real masterpiece. In front of Aya Sofya, you can enjoy the look of the fine iznik tiles and six minarets.
The Byzantine historical spots in Istanbul will enrich your knowledge and give you a clear idea about this era. The beauty of the Chora church will impress you by the mosaic ceiling and walls. Not far from the church, you can visit the Tekfur Palace to see the architecture of the 4th century. If your purpose of the trip is shopping, you will find 4000 shops in the Grand Bazar and the Egyptian Bazar at the south of the Galata Bridge.
At the same place, you can enjoy the breathtaking look of most of Istanbul as if you are flying high into the sky from the top of Galata Tower. You will be lucky if you can visit Istanbul Archeology Museum that has scenes from the life of Alexander the Great and the Trojan horse.