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Istanbul off the beaten path

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Istanbul off the beaten path
In a city so packed with history and adventure, there are tons of fun, quirky, enlightening places that are not overrun with tourists.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)
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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

These stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect Constantinople, what is now known as Istanbul, from attack by land and sea. The walls largely remained intact until sections began to be dismantled in the 19th century, as the city outgrew its medieval boundaries. Many parts of the walls survived and are still standing today.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Yedikule (Castle of the Seven Towers)
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Yedikule (Castle of the Seven Towers)

This fortress of walls helped to protect the city but its towers were also used to house prisoners as well as the state's treasury.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cicek Pasaji
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Cicek Pasaji

Also know as the Flower Passage, the courtyard of the Cité de Péra building was once the favored spot for local flower-sellers. Today, the lively area is home to many restaurants, taverns and shops.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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