The Hagia Sophia is one of the oldest buildings in Istanbul. It was a former Byzantine church but later became a mosque after the Ottomans took over Constantinople (the name given to the city by the Romans).
The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is one of the most famous mosques in the world because of the stunning blue tiles that adorn its interior walls and arches (hence the name, Blue Mosque).
One of the best street food dishes in Istanbul is the fish sandwich, or balik ekmek in Turkish. It’s made with fresh local fish that’s grilled and topped with a little bit of lettuce and onions, just enough to bring out the freshness of the fish.
The Turkish Hamam, or Turkish Bath, is a must-see attraction in Istanbul for any visitor to the city. It’s an incredibly unique experience, combining aspects of both a spa and historic Turkish tradition.