Top 5: spots for a Culture Tripper in Istanbul

I S T A N B U L . Naam mein hi kuch jadu hai!
If you’ve seen Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, then we’re pretty sure you have day-dreamed about cruising to this magnificent historical city of Turkey, and cycling your way through its streets like Farah and Kabir did while getting the picture-perfect view of the Bosphorus Bridge, and Ortakoy Mosque.
Taking it upon ourselves to ensure that you cover the most culture-rich spots of the city, here are the Top 5 spots for a Culture Tripper in Istanbul:

1. Basilica Cistern

Just under the several streets of Istanbul are almost hundreds of ancient cisterns. Of these, only two are open for the people to explore. While this is definitely a very unusual tourist attraction, you will get the satisfaction of walking through the isles of a number of marble pillars.
Timings: All days of the week, from 9 am to 5:30 pm

2. Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is where the hilarious scene of the families of Noorie and Rana stare each other down while the two lovers use this moment to steal glances.
Climb to the top of the tower to get a panoramic view of this culture-loaded and aesthetically pleasing city!
Timings: every day from  9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

3. Galata Mevlevihanesi

Want to experience the iconic Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul? Head over to Galata Mevlevihanesi, the first Sufi lodge of the city.
Timings: 9 am to 4 pm every day.

4. Topkapı Palace

A charming palace filled with bright colours and even more colourful stories! This was a court of the Ottoman empire from the 15th to the 19th century, where all the successive sultans lived. The Topkapı Palace has various sections: the first, second, third and fourth court, the Harem, and the Imperial Treasury.
Timings: 09:00 to 18:45 in the summer season, and  09:00 to 16:45 in the winter season. The ticket counter shut 45 minutes before the closing time.

5. Suleymaniye Mosque

While the structure of the Suleymaniye Mosque has an absolutely sophisticated exterior, it is adorned with the most stunning interiors which could most possibly be the highlight of your trip.
Timings: open from 9 am to 6 pm (closed temporarily during prayer time).
Ps. Make sure you plan your days ahead of time to ensure you have enough time to spend at each one of these beautiful spots.
Happy Tripping!

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