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3. Rejuvenate at the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamami

Those of you who are looking for a true Ottoman experience should schedule some time for a traditional Hammam; if you want to augment your experience even further, head to the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamami, built exclusively for Roxelana , the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent. It is extravagant and relaxing, interesting yet strange, and is the best way to experience an Ottoman tradition still present today.

2. Tour Around the Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is the landmark that comes to mind when thinking about Istanbul; upon first glance it is easy to see why it is the most photographed building in the city!  The exterior is easily recgonized for its dome-like structure, and the blue tiles adorning the walls inside are what have given the mosque its commonly used name. The outside of the building is the most stunning part of the landmark; the building is perfectly proportional and the vibrancy of walls is truly spectacular. Although the inside is remarkable and grand, to truly appreciate the grandeur of this building, approach it first through the courtyard (the largest of any Ottoman mosque) and you will get the most breathtaking view.

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