Turkey Istanbul Old Tunnel Karakoy Beyoglu
Hop onboard the Tunel, the second-oldest underground urban train in the world. Running between Karakoy and Tunel Square, the funicular has been running since 1875. Its purpose was to allow traders and merchants to get up and down the steep hill faster. Now it shuttles locals and tourists.
Turkey Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior
Tilt your head back and prepare to be captivated by the dazzling building known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Blue Mosque. The walls are covered with more than 20,000 hand-painted blue tiles that catch the natural light at the perfect moment from more than 200 windows.
Completed in the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia is one of the crown jewels when it comes to Byzantine architecture. The massive dome alone is worth the trip to Istanbul. Admire what was once the world's largest cathedral until 1520.
Get a delicious doner kebab made with succulent slow-roasted meat served in a wrap or pita with yogurt, tomato sauce and butter or try a collection of meze, or appetizers, like fava or muhammara. Another great food possibility is a balik ekmek, a popular sandwich that's made with grilled fish, onions, and lettuce. No doubt, you'll have a plethora of food options in Istanbul.
With one of the world's largest covered bazaars, Istanbul is the perfect place to shop for a fun souvenir or traditional Turkish goods. Head to the Grand Bazaar and try your hand at haggling with the locals over spices, textiles and more.
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